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Forum topic by Medickep posted 12-22-2016 10:36 PM 725 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-22-2016 10:36 PM

I found myself using my rigid trim router a lot these days, especially for projects already built. It’s a real handy router but makes a huge mess. I even considered buying the festool MFK 700 to use with my festool extractor but appears they’re really for edge band only, which seems odd to me!

I noticd that the similar dewalt one has an accessory for dust collection and was wondering if anyone has found it to work with the rigid trim router.,default,pd.html?ref=pla-mobile&zmam=31282435&zmas=47&zmac=726&zmap=dewndnp616&gclid=CLXAoujmiNECFcRbfgod19gLcw

I suppose I could but the dealt one to use with my extractor if it’s a good tool, but I do like the lifetime warranty of the rigid tools!!

-- Keith

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#1 posted 12-22-2016 11:01 PM

Most all of the dust collection systems I’ve used/seen have been bulky and unwieldy. To me control is the most important thing and they fly in the face of this. Personally I’d rather have the small and handy trim router and clean up the mess after.

just my personal opinion

I’ve added this to my watch list so I can see if anyone knows of a dust collection system for one of these that isn’t awkward.

-- nice recovery, They should pay extra for that mistake, Eric E.

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#2 posted 12-22-2016 11:13 PM

My trim router came with a dust extractor attachment and it gets only about 60% of the stuff. While this is better than nothing, it does block your view a lot when in use. So sometimes the plusses don’t outweigh the minuses…

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#3 posted 12-22-2016 11:21 PM

Let them chips fly… DC on a router is a PITA and can effect your control of the tool. If you want DC for your router, build a router table for it.


-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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#4 posted 12-22-2016 11:31 PM

I have found that it is almost easier to just rig something up with a shop vac or a modified down draft table.
I can agree with most of the comments on here about blocking view and not collecting enough. If you are doing smaller projects why not just save your money, deal with a little more mess and try to use a McGiver’ed rig up.

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#5 posted 12-22-2016 11:35 PM

I have the Dewalt 611 and use the dust collector most of the time. I think it works well. Nothing gets everything, and this is no different. But every once in awhile I’ll use it without the DC and it reminds me just how well the DC actually works.

But,as others have said, having a hose connected does make the router harder to control. I use a small hose and transition to a larger one of my shop vac. But even then, sometimes I have to clamp the hose to the table so the hose isn’t trying to fall off the table and therefore pull the router.

I do tend to grasp the hose and router at the same time in order to support he hose connection.

It the weight of the hose pulling sideways on the router that is the issue. While I’ve not done, I think if I put a hanger on the ceiling, above the workbench, and had the hose coming down, that would work really well. Or of course if using a full blown DC system, having a port above the bench would be useful.

-- Clin

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#6 posted 12-23-2016 12:11 AM

I have the 611 with dust attachment, and it works well for dados and inboard cuts. For edge profiling it won’t capture all the chips. I usually use the 618 if I want dust collection while hand routing.

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#7 posted 12-23-2016 01:08 AM

Thanks guys for the advice! I think I’ll let the chips fly until festool makes a real trim router that works!

-- Keith

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