Porter Cable 4212 Dust/Chip Collection

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Forum topic by Geedubs posted 08-24-2009 12:43 AM 2169 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-24-2009 12:43 AM

I have just ordered a PC 4212 and I am itching to start using it when it arrives. One question that I can’t seem to find a good answer to is the best way to collect dust/chips when routing the dovetails. I have a Steel City 1 1/2 hp dust collector that I use with most of my power tools but am interested in your thoughts and suggestions regarding the 4212 question. Is this an activity that just does not lend itself well to collection systems? There is always the broom and dustpan.

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#1 posted 06-16-2010 04:23 AM

My Leigh jig has a dust collection/router balance built into it and it seems very effective, you may want to see if PC offers something similar. Leigh calls their accessory the VRS…check it out on their web page.

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#2 posted 06-16-2010 06:36 AM

Thanks Mark. I will see what I can find out with PC.

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#3 posted 06-16-2010 07:07 AM

I have 2 of the 4212’s mounted side by side on a board that I clamp down to my workbench. I use two routers one set up for the pins and one for the tails. I will set up for a production run of a hundred or so of my lights and by the time I get up off my stool, I am knee deep in chips and dust. I just grab the dust right that is attached to the DC and clean it up all at once. I do wear a mask and glasses while I am doing it, but have not figured out a good way to deal with it.

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