An EXCELLENT dust collection solution for a small shop

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Review by StumpyNubs posted 05-01-2013 11:17 PM 13704 views 3 times favorited 30 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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We did a whole series of episodes on Blue Collar Woodworking about the importance of fine dust collection. Our solution was a homemade cyclone and six inch duct work. But I am also a realist. I know not everybody has the room or the budget for a system like that. A lot of shops are mobile and the dust collection has to be easy to swap between machines. So I did some testing and I think the Rockler Dust Right system is the best option for a number of reasons.

The following three video reviews are intended to tell you what I like about the stuff, and be entertaining to watch. I hope you enjoy them, because I had a blast making them!

(For more entertaining reviews and, of course new episodes of Blue Collar Woodworking, visit!)

First- A longer review of the entire system…

Second- A short review of the hose itself…

Finally- A short review of the quick release fittings…

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#1 posted 05-01-2013 11:34 PM

Neat. Thanks for the review.
How much do the system cost? Or is it all menu style ordered?

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#2 posted 05-01-2013 11:52 PM

No denim shirt & an apron. It’s either laundry day or….
Rockler is not only keeping your shop clean, but they are cleaning up your act!!!

BTW: Nice review.

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#3 posted 05-02-2013 12:13 AM

great reviews stumpy on the third one it blackes out around 1:51 got to check em out

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#4 posted 05-02-2013 12:30 AM

It ends there. I forgot to trip off the excess.

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#5 posted 05-02-2013 12:39 AM

nice review. I started using these a while back. I had a little craftsman dust collector that I only used once in a while because of the hassles you outlined. so I mounted it on a cart (so I can wheel it to each machine) with a harbor freight separator (the kind that fit on a 5 gallon bucket). and put the quick change fittings on …pretty much everything. Its amazing how much better the dust collector works now that I actually use it.

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#6 posted 05-02-2013 01:01 AM

Spiffin up for Rockler! Nice work! haven’t got to the installation of my dust collection. Going to keep these in mind!

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#7 posted 05-02-2013 01:10 AM

Great work, Stumpy. I haven’t enjoyed commercials so much since the Budweiser Clydesdale team!

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#8 posted 05-02-2013 01:46 AM

New step for you, congrats on the commercials.

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#9 posted 05-02-2013 01:55 AM

Stumpy you should have been a salesman. Nice review.

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#10 posted 05-02-2013 02:05 AM

While it’s not entirely inaccurate to call them “commercials” there is a difference. I don’t get paid to do them. Rockler does sponsor our website, and they do send me tools they think I may like. But there’s no promise of any good reviews. If I like something, I tell people about it. If I don’t, I don’t. I also pay from my own pocket for a lot of the tools I review.

I wouldn’t say I like a tool if it weren’t true. I make the videos to help my viewers spend their woodworking dollars wisely. Rockler benefits for obvious reasons. And I also benefit because Rockler uses the videos on their site which introduces more people to Blue Collar Woodworking. So everybody wins even though nobody gets paid.

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#11 posted 05-02-2013 03:09 AM

Speaking of duct tape … I have this sticky goo on the seat of my shorts from the duct tape curling on the edges of the repair on my torn car seat. I’m pretty sure that’s what its from anyway. The idea of not having to use the duct tape on fittings, then dealing with the left behind adhesive, that then impairs the seal the next time, might make these fittings some of my favorite things.

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#12 posted 05-02-2013 03:31 AM

Nice review. My shop is a one car garage so I’ll look into this once I add another circuit and get a dust collector.

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#13 posted 05-02-2013 12:41 PM

new wardrobe? mustache mike must be making you feel a little intimidated. lol. sounds like a nice setup. like always, love the videos. cheers!

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#14 posted 05-02-2013 07:46 PM

Doesn’t the fine (and most dangerous) dust blow right through that little bag?

I’d like to see read out from one of those slick little particulate detectors with that Rockler wall unit puffing away.

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#15 posted 05-02-2013 09:39 PM

I am a big believer that you need lots of airflow for fine dust collection at the source, as our dust collection series laid out. So no, that little Rockler collector would not eliminate the need for dust masks, etc. But this is an option for those who don’t have the room or budget for a big cyclone and duct work, which includes 75% of the small shop, I bet. This system is for keeping things clean.

Personally I would go with the Harbor Freight collector if you have room. And if you have the budget, go with the Clear Vue cyclone. But the hoses and fittings in the review will work with any 4” system.

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