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Forum topic by GraceAndDrew posted 12-15-2017 02:07 AM 667 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-15-2017 02:07 AM

I have a 2-car garage shop and most power tools are on wheels. I struggle so much with dust collection. I just use a Ridgid Vac, a Dust Deputy, and 5 gallon buckets. I am constantly hooking up and unhooking hoses.

How should I handle dust collection with mobile tools? I’m willing to buy a better system but I don’t know how I would hook it up to tools that get moved around.

Thanks for your help!!!

-- Grace & Drew Woodworking,

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#1 posted 12-15-2017 02:21 AM

imo, pretty simple, get a length of 4’’ hose, and put connections or collectors on tools and hook up and go.
when i moved my shop home, i’ve a penn state unit, with a 15 ft length of hose, hooks to my table saw, a sanding table, (have to have different fittings but they all fit the 4’’ hose, hooks to the ros, via adaphter and small hose, router table, planer and drum sander. can sometimes be a pill to move it back and fourth, but eventually you figure out to do as much machining as possible at one station, it will also take another 4’’ hose, but i rarely use it. its 2hp and its a dandy.

I did however pick up a grizzley unit today, fellow craigslist listed it so cheap, i couldnt pass up. 1.5 hp, with a gaggle of hose, so gonna use is out back.
good luck, small shops take lots of adapting.

-- Living the dream

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#2 posted 12-15-2017 02:38 AM

Yeah, 5 gallon buckets wouldn’t get it done for me either. When planing or jointing it’s amazing how often I fill up my 50 gallon drum. I got by for years with a small dust collector, and moved it from one tool to another. The suction wasn’t great, and it is a bit of a pain, but it worked.

I have since upgraded to a wall mounted cyclone which works much better, but you need a fairly fixed shop layout for that.

Good luck with it.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#3 posted 12-15-2017 02:55 AM

I’ve got the same situation as you, a two car garage with limited space so all my big tools are on wheels. My dust collection is the same, a shop vac with cyclone dust collector into 5 gal pails. It’s just a fact of life with my size shop. Some day I’ll build a bigger shop with bigger dust collection. Right now there’s no way to fit a bigger unit in without sacrificing some tool which I’m not going to do. I adapt.

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#4 posted 12-15-2017 03:57 AM

Get a 2-stage dust collector, stick it in a corner, use some flex hose to mount several blast gates at a single, convenient location, then connect Each of the tools with a long flex hose that allows you to move it around everywhere, but have dust collection. The hose will probably be a mess, but a small sacrifice for mobility. That’s my idea at the moment anyways.

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#5 posted 12-15-2017 01:12 PM

I’m looking at a wall mounted setup which will have a single trunk line that extends 3/4 of the length of the shop. stationary items will be hard ducted in to the trunk line (radial arm saw) and I will also have two blast gates at the ends for the attachment of flexible hoses (smooth inner wall ribbed outer wall hose).

the real trick is making sure that your blast gates aren’t loose or otherwise “leaking” when they’re closed.

if you’re like me, the reality is that only one major tool gets used at a time, but you might leave several of them out while working on the “current project”.

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#6 posted 12-15-2017 01:18 PM

Recommend at least a 1,1/2hp or better collection system. Especially if you are going to have a central system with blast gates. anything less will just cause jamming.

-- Illigitimii non carburundum sum

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