|Forum topic by lumberjoe||posted 12-24-2013 06:02 PM||1497 views||0 times favorited||4 replies|
12-24-2013 06:02 PM
I started getting away from passive dust collection (dustpan and broom) and collecting dust at the tool. I’ve made a few tweaks here and there and wondering if anyone noticed anything similar:
1. A shop vac can’t keep up with a table saw. I think is is obvious but I jumped the gun on dust collection. A put the shroud on my R4512 and used a shop vac. It was useless. Unless the dust fell in the chute, nothing was captured. Also it clogged all the time with a 2.5” hose. The HF industrial dust collector has no problem cleaning it out. There is still more dust in the cabinet than I would like, however the R4512 cabinet is like swiss cheese so I think that’s the best I can get.
2. A shop vac works better than a DC on my bandsaw. This kind of surprised me. I have the craftsman BAS350 (Rikon 10-320 clone). it has a 4” port on the back. With the dust collector hooked up, it leaves a bit of dust in the lower cabinet. With a shop vac (Ridgid WD1270) and a 4” to 2.5” adapter. dust collection in the cabinet is nearly 100%. Not much is left on the table either. I’ve also found the 2.5” port under the table is useless.
3. Sanders! The ridgid oscillating spindle sander works awesome with the Ridgid WD1270. It captures almost all the dust. However my Bosch ROS, Bosch 1/2 sheet sander, and DW ROS don’t do well. I think this vacuum has too much suction. With the 1/2 sheet, you can’t even push the sander across the wood. There is variable suction control the sander but even at full open, it just sucks itself to the piece. Same with both ROS sanders. It will actually stop the pad from spinning.
I’m thinking of getting a small Bucket Max sander for the hand helds. My crappy little harbor freight vac did a good job until I broke it.
4 – With my benchtop jointer and planer that have active chip ejection, the DC and the shop vac are a toss up. Not much difference except noise. Since I don’t have plumbing I tend to use the shop vac. The smaller hose is easier to maneuver.