Workshop Dust Collection Solutions

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Dust Collection:
In my shop I installed the dust collector in an out of the way spot, un-used corner of my shop and on the complete opposite side of the shop was my miter saw station.
Unfortunately the dust collector power switch and the blast gate were in different locations and unless I was making alot of miter saw cuts I did not use the dust.
When working in s a shop the reality of bouncing between tools is high and many times I find myself needing to make a few "quick" miter saw cuts.
Over the years I have come to realize that the weak link in my dust collection was the miter saw station.
It got me thinking that there must be a better way so I decided to make a mini dust collection station right at the saw. Collecting dust at the source is one of the best ways of controlling shop dust.
Collecting Wood Shop Dust At The Source:
My plan was simple I was going to dedicate a shop vacuum to this miter saw station and connect the vacuum hose to the miter saw dust port.
One thing I want to avoid was having to lean over and turn on and then off the vacuum switch so I researched quality vacuums that had a power tool actuated switch.
Choosing A Vacuum With A Power Tool Activation Control
I settled on the DEWALT 27904, its a 12-Gallon Dust Extractor with Automatic Filter Cleaner.
The DEWALT 27904 was designed to be able to capture the nastiest of nasty of dust. I'm talking about concrete and drywall dust.
This vacuum is also rated to be EPA compliant with their new RRP rule which involves the capture and collection of lead dust during rehab, repair and painting activities.
The automatic filter-cleaning system is a bit strange to hear the first time but the feature is nice to have. Every 15 seconds the vacuum pulses air through the filter to clean the filter of fine dust particles.
The DEWALT 27904 is rated for 2 microns at 99 percent efficiency so I knew that it would easily handle all of my shop dust needs.
With a 15 gallon capacity I won't have to worry about emptying this vacuum anytime soon.
Automatic Start/Stop Switch:
All of the new vacuums features are cool but the reason I selected it was for the power tool activation control.
My miter saw plugs into the vacuum and the vacuum plugs into a standard outlet. Once I start the miter saw the vacuum starts and will continue to run for 15 seconds to allow all dust to be cleared from hose as well as capture any airborne dust after the cut.
Making The Miter Saw To Vacuum Connections
I used a standard dust collection reducer to connect my 2-1/2″ to the vacuum hose. The 2-1/2" hose easily connected to my miter saws dust port. the cost a few dollars each and are easily obtained from Rockler or Amazonn.com.
Getting the correct fittings is probably the toughest part of the process.
How Does It Work?
After I had connected the tools together and made all of the hose connections I made several practice cuts. The end result was amazing; there was barely any visible dust around the saw. Why did I wait so long to do this?
My situation involved a stationary tool in my shop but this method would work great for contractors working inside someone's home or a woodworker or sophisticated hobbyist who does not have the time, money or space for a dedicated dust collection system.
The DEWALT 27904 vacuum has heavy duty casters and wheel along the floor nicely. This tool could be moved around a small shop as needed.
An Inexpensive Alternative:
Not everyone has the budget of a heavy duty vacuum. An alternative solution to what I did is to by an I-Socket tool and vacuum switch made by DCG Products, Inc.
The I-Socket Vacuum Switch works similar to the switch in my new DEWALT vacuum. You still need a vacuum and connections to make this work.
The I-Socket switch will allow your vacuum to run for seven seconds after you stop your tool to clear out final dust from the vacuum hose.
To quote the shakers, clean your room well, for good spirits will not live where there is dirt."

31 Comments

  1. A Concord Carpenter / ToolBoxBuzz

    Check out this innovative workshop dust solution

  2. Thanks for the info

  3. Great solution Rob!!! Im gonna try the same set up.

  4. A Concord Carpenter / ToolBoxBuzz

    Thx Kev

  5. Thanks so much for the info on the switch.

  6. A Concord Carpenter / ToolBoxBuzz

    Dave – thx for taking the time to comment.  Please consider subscribing or checking out the website

  7. Thanks for the video. I have the same situation now. Works great.

  8. A Concord Carpenter / ToolBoxBuzz

    thanks for the comment

  9. am I the only one here that can’t hear any audio?

  10.  Thanks for sharing easy and fast medium for dust collection. Great job.

  11. A Concord Carpenter / ToolBoxBuzz

    Thanks

  12. thanks for sharing! Great ideas. I am going to be cutting a lot of drywall with a table saw. What would you suggest for me?

  13. Very helpful, thanks.  I have an older “tradesman” brand sliding miter saw.  I have connected a vacuum’s to the dust port, but the saw dust just collects at the saw an is not sucked into the vacuum hose.  I have found not blockages.  Any ideas?  Missing part? Design flaw? Thanks.  

  14. Good stuff guy. I’m going to do this.

  15. How good is using a shop vac vs a dedicated dust collection system? I was told there isnt enough CFM using a shop vac

  16. A Concord Carpenter / ToolBoxBuzz

    Im sure it would work fine

  17. A Concord Carpenter / ToolBoxBuzz

    There is plenty – a dedicated shop system would be great but did not work for me.  Plus I NEVER turned it on for one or two cuts – that’s why I switched.     Its a matter of preference and also depends on the type and how much you invest on your shop system.  My way is one way to deal with an issue

  18. Nice video. Im at the point where I need to figure out a dust collection solution. Im torn between using a shopvac and a dust deputy  versus a harbor freight unit with wynn filter and thien separator. My application would need a connection for my miter saw, router table and table saw. My concern is if a shop vac set up would be sufficient. I may go with the shop vac first because I already have a vac and would just have to buy the dust deputy. Just wondering if anyone has some experience with this and could share opinions. Thanks

  19. Thanks for the video. Too bad 450 dollars is way out of my budget for a shop vac.

  20. Just ordered the craftman 4 gal 5php. Looks like a good vac for a reasonable price.

  21. Jesus was a Carpenter

    Simply AMAZING! Rob, it was beautiful mate! Thank you!

  22. A Concord Carpenter / ToolBoxBuzz

    +August Young A dedicated system is stronger. If vac is close enough – it works great.

  23. +Troy Diaz Hello Troy. I use the Dust Deputy with a 5 hp Ridgid shop vac. I built a small cart so that the vac and dust deputy move easily around the shop as a single unit. Dust Deputy is located just above the vac on the cart. This creates a small footprint which is important for my garage shop with limited space. It is very important to dump the DD when it gets about 3/4 full. Otherwise it will overflow in to the shop vac and plug up the pleated filter. Works well and I just roll it to whatever station I need it for such as table saw, router table, bandsaw, or shop saw.

  24. If you’ve already got the DC and just can’t manage the trip to the gate then maybe get an Automated blast gate instead:
    iVac Pro Tool Plus PBG04 Electrically Driven Blast Gate – Costs a small fraction of the D27904 cost

  25. NEOhio Woodworkers

    This is C R A Z Y. Fine Woodworking ran a test of Miter saws to see which was best at Dust Collection with the blade guard alone… which is also C R A Z Y.

    You are going to miss at least 30% of the dust coming off of that saw… so why advocate using the blade guard only to collect dust.

    If you ran a shop with enough employees… OSHA would be all over you to clean up.

    Use a blade guard hose AND a Dust Collection ENCLOSURE.

  26. Hi Rob,Nice video.I use a redundant domestic vacuum cleaner with spiral drop out and filter dedicated to the mitre saw with my own version of the Festool rubber hood behind the blade to direct the sawdust into the extraction port. Also I have a triangular wooden cover to enclose the mitre saw. I have decided that about 70 -85% efficiency is as good as it gets.  am as good as the Festool set up. I also use a radio control to the multi way for the electric supply to both dust extraction and saw. Colin in Northern Ireland

  27. A Concord Carpenter, LLC

    85% is great

  28. Stelios Stavrinides

    theres sound in the intro but then on nothing

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