Dewalt dust extractor?

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Forum topic by BerBer5985 posted 08-21-2012 05:22 PM 1807 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-21-2012 05:22 PM

I just bought a dewalt track saw, which is awesome, by the way, but I was at the same time trying to get some better dust collection in my garage lately. I bought a harbor freight dust collector which I haven;t been able to utilize just yet because I need some adapters for my planer, and I have to adapt my old contractor saw and old jointer to have dust collection on it, but my ridgid vacuum is super loud and I have to hook up adapters to fit the saw. I was debating getting a smaller dust collection type vac for these purposes. I have a hard time justifying the $500 price tag on the festool units and this dewalt unit caught my eye:

Are there any other solutions you’d recommend. It could even be a regular shop vac, but something fairly quiet, powerful, and will hook up to smaller tools with a longer hose? I also have one of these we use at our store that had a broken hose, and I was going to try to repurpose for smaller dust extraction needs since it’s a hepa vac with a lot of power, a long cord, and a smaller hose.

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#1 posted 08-21-2012 05:36 PM

I havn’t seen the Dewalt reviewed.
The Bosch vacuum got excellent reviews in a recent article. I think it was Fine Woorworking.

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#2 posted 08-21-2012 06:00 PM

That Dewalt looks like the Porter Cable dust extractor. B&D now
owns both brands and there’s a lot of rebadging going on.

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#3 posted 08-21-2012 06:06 PM

I have had the Festool dust extractor for the last four years and love it. The cost is high but it is a quality machine and very quiet. The variable speed lets me dial it down depending what I am using to the point that you can hardly hear it run.

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#4 posted 08-21-2012 07:44 PM

Can someone please enlighten me as to how a “dust extractor” differs from a shop vac with a HEPA filter on it?

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#5 posted 08-21-2012 07:59 PM

Haven’t used the DeWalt or Festool. For another option, the Fein Turbo II is a very nice unit.

ssn, the main differences are how well they seal and power management. A true dust extractor is a sealed system and all of the airflow goes through the filter. A shop-vac doesn’t seal up as tight, so you get some dust escaping, mainly between the tank and lid, but also some around the hose fittings. A shop-vac with HEPA filter doesn’t meet the new lead abatement requirements because of this.

The other advantage is that you can plug the power cord of your tool into the dust extractor and it will turn on when you turn on power to your tool and continue to run for a short time after you shut off the tool to pull the rest of the dust. On the Fein, I believe it is a 3 second difference. Most dust extractors are also quieter than shop-vacs.

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