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Woodworking projects often create sawdust, how to collect it, equipment, features setup.

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Will sap from wood ruin table saw or dust collector?

In trying to repurpose 30 year old waterbed frame wood, I decided to turn it into 2x3s but when I cut it, it smells really sappy! I could smell it still hours later. I'm using it for basic support for ...
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Are small garage floor concrete chunks bad for my new dust collector?

I just purchased a 1.5 HP vortex cone dust collector (with a canister) and was vacuuming sawdust up from the floor. Small chunks of the crumbling concrete were in the mix and made a racket going ...
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Is using a wet & dry vacuum cleaner suitable for use as a dust extractor?

I am not looking to upset my wife by trying the house vacuum cleaner, so I am looking at buying something separate for my small shed workshop. Looking at dust extraction options, the cheapest dust ...
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How to determine the CFM of a dust collector

I am looking at purchasing a used dust collector and don't know how to calculate the CFM. It has a 7.5hp motor with 1760 rpm, it has an 8' top pulley and a 8" bottom pulley, can you help me find out ...
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Is a wet/dry shop vacuum (5HP) noisier than a 3/4HP dust collector?

I have a 5HP vacuum that is connected to a Ridgid 3650 table saw. It seems that it is not perfect and sawdust is still present on the floor even after minor work. I was thinking about buying a 3/4 ...
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2-part dust collector, loss of CFM or not?

So I'm about to order a Grizzly G1028Z2 1-1/2 HP Dust Collector rated at 1300 CFM. I'm unsure if I should get a super Dust Deputy to go with it. Will I lose a lot of my CFM's if I do this? Also, a ...
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Dust collection for Bosch sliding miter saw

I have a Bosch 4410 sliding miter saw. It has a small dust port that I've found to be woefully inadequate as the sole means of dust extraction. My shop also has a 5HP cyclone dust collection system ...
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Dust collection for my shop

I have read many articles about dust collection and the differences between a shop vac and a dust collector. I am still stuck on one major issue for me; how does one connect table saw, mitre saw, ...
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Gradual upgrade of dust collection ducting

My question is simmilar to Will this setup severely reduce the CFM from my dust collector? I have 2" ducting for a shop vac and a small dust deputy. I want to upgrade to a dust collector and 4" ...
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How can i calculate a cfm for the dust collector

I have a room length 12 m * width 4 m * highest 3 m and a machine inlet air flow 10 m3 /min. Then how can I calculate the dust collector capacity or cfm for the dust collector and how can I say that ...
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Vacuum pre-filter for large objects

My vacuum setup currently consists of a 5hp shop vac (orange) with 2.5” hoses, a hepa filter, a cyclone pre-filter (dust deputy), and automatic power. It works very well except the hose often clogs ...
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Can I use the filter from a shop vac on my dust collector?

Someone gave me an old portable, single-bag dust collector like the one pictured here: The one I have is a Jet, but it's essentially the same thing: 1 HP, 650(ish) CFM. I had been planning to get a 2 ...
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What kind of cfm can I get out of a 1/3 hp motor?

I want to build a Matthias Wandel style blower dust collector. However, 1/3hp is the most powerful motor I could find, from a furnace blower. How much air movement can I expect to get from this thing, ...
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Is it important to minimize volume of duct in a dust collection system?

Edited To Add: The main thing I am asking here is whether it is beneficial to have blast gates that close off as much of the unused dust collection branches as possible. I will already have blast ...
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HPLV vs HVLP dust collector

I currently have a HPLV dust extractor, which has a low rate 183m3/hr (the bin style dust collector) - it does a great job, but tools at the end of the duct system get a drop in suction (which is ...
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PVC duct for dust collection: Glue the pipe and fittings together, or will tape suffice?

I am currently installing PVC pipe to act as duct for my dust collector. There will be a central pipe down the length of my shop, with a few branches coming off for specific tools. So far, I've hung ...
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Dust Control on a Table Saw Not Intended for It?

I have a Ryobi table saw (RTS21G), and it is a half decent table saw for the price in my opinion. Unfortunately, it doesn't have a dust control system nor port. The dust just comes out the bottom. Is ...
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Can I put more than one extractor on a dust collection system?

I'm about to install a proper dust extraction kit in my workshop. I've been wheeling my dust extractor or vac around to each of the powertools but I've got some pipes, junctions and gates that I'm ...
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Mitigating static shocks from a Festool router

I am using a Festool router with a 1-1/2 Amana straight bit to create breadboard tenons on a table top. This appears to be generating a lot of static electricity -- evidenced by the jolts I receive if ...
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Can you hook up two shop-vacs in parallel to increase airflow through a dust collection system?

I have a PVC dust collection system comprised of 3" piping through my shop. It works pretty well, except I would benefit from a bit more airflow. I have two shop vacs, one of which is pretty much ...
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Respirator / Dust mask for hand tools?

Whats the safety regarding hand tools and dust masks? My hope is that in general hand tools will not produce fine enough dust to be concerned with. My assumptions are that using hand planes taking ...
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ShopVac with Cyclone hoses, 2.5 or 4.0?

I'm trying to understand what would be the end result of connecting a shop vac which is having a 2.5" diameter hose to the cyclone and using a 4" hose to connect to my tools. Would this kill the CFM, ...
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Will this setup severely reduce the CFM from my dust collector?

Just picked up a Grizzly G8027, after previously using a small shop vac + dust deputy cyclone. I am, possibly incorrectly, assuming that I should be using both together. So I am considering running ...
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Can you use Festool dust extraction with non-Festool tools?

I'm looking into HEPA vacuums and dust extractors and I found Festool. Does anyone know whether we can attach non-Festool tools to their dust extractors?
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What can you use instead of PVC pipe for your dust collector?

I need to know which kind of piping to use for my dust collector system, before I buy anything now.
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Can I expect an improved weekend shop experience from installing an air filtration system?

I'm in my shop for a full day on average once a week. Many many people seem to have shops without air filtration systems and don't complain, though I have poor ventilation in my shop in general. Even ...
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How are vacuum hose sizes measured?

I need to buy an adapter to make my shop vac work with one of my hand tools. But as I'm shopping, I realize I'm not sure what exactly I need to buy. I'd like to understand how vacuum hose sizes are ...
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How to calculate dust collection horse power per feed and bends

I have a 1HP dust collector that is connected to a few 90' bends and a few gates to redirect flow. It wasn't something that I thought was very long or involved many bends but it resulted in a ...
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Will a dust collector motor be harmed by venting outside and not using filters?

I have conflicting answers from vendors whether venting a dust collector directly outside will harm the DC motor. Make up air is not a problem. I can discharge into a field, and nearest neighbor is ...
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Correct “piping” (hosing) for adding a mini-cyclone to a shop vac

This is technically an engineering question rather than woodworking, but I guess chances are good that someone on here has experience with this, has already tried what works well, and thus can give a ...
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Cloth covered flexible ring or a bag clamp in a dust collector?

I recently acquired a dust collector, and it came with two ways of mounting the chip collection bag, but didn't explain why I would want to use one over the other in the assembly instructions. The ...
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Why is my dust collector way too loud?

I have a 3/4 HP dust collector which uses an induction motor. I bought it on the assumption that the fact that it uses an induction motor means that it shouldn't be too loud, but it sounds like a jet ...
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3/4 HP dust collector for a single tool (Bandsaw or jointer)

I am new to woodworking and been having lots of issues with the dust being spread all over my single door garage. I mainly use a CNC enclosed in a box. Belt sander 9" cheap Bandsaw. A benchtop ...
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Why and when should I wear a dust mask?

I'm a handy man with limited woodworking projects these days. I mostly use a circular saw, jig saw, and orbital sander to make crude storage. Sometimes I cut MDF, etc. I've seen it mentioned ...
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Is PVC pipe safe to use for a dust collection system?

I'm in the early stages of designing a dust collection system for my home shop. My existing system, a dustpan and broom, is vastly inefficient for my setup, which includes a tablesaw, router table, ...
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How can I enclose the top of my contractor table saw for better dust collection?

I have a contractor table saw that I want to seal up for better dust collection. I have a good idea for how to close in the back and other holes, but I'm not quite sure what to do about the area where ...
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How to improve a sliding miter saw dust collection?

I have a sliding miter saw with a seriously undersized dust port (1¼"). It's originally built to throw the dust in a tiny bag. When ever I make cuts, about 25% (bag) or 50% (shopvac) of the dust is ...
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Two-part router table dust collection, both four inch?

I'm in the process of building a router table dust collection system, similar to the one shown in the image below. On many of the designs I've seen (including the one above), the top port accepts a ...
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What advantages does a dust collector have over a shop vac?

From what I know, dust collectors are generally quieter, hold more chips, and can support a larger hose than a shop vac. Besides this, are there any advantages related to suction? Can dust collectors ...
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What sort of dust collection system would be adequate for a two-car garage?

I have only recently moved into a new house with an attached two-car garage. I am also starting to make a fair bit of dust working on projects in the garage. Tools I am using include handsaws, a ...
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Should I locate a centralized dust collector in a roof crawlspace above a garage shop?

I live in a single story home with an integrated garage shop. I'm considering leveraging the crawlspace above the ceiling as a mounting point for a centralized DC. Running the lines within the ...