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Forum topic by GaryCK posted 07-17-2019 04:44 AM 345 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-17-2019 04:44 AM

Topic tags/keywords: dust collector forgetful humor

That dust collectors work a lot better when you ACTUALLY TURN THEM ON. Sheesh, I’m an idiot sometimes. My jointer started chucking shavings at me this evening after I face and edge jointed several small boards. That’s when I discovered I had neglected to turn my dust collector on. It only took about five minutes to clean the jointer out, but still.

-- Gary, Wisconsin

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#1 posted 07-17-2019 05:15 AM

Welcome to the family! #IAMAKLUTZ

-- I'm an engineer not a woodworker, but I can randomly find useful tools and furniture inside a pile of lumber!

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#2 posted 07-17-2019 05:18 AM

I thought it turns in?

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#3 posted 07-17-2019 10:37 AM

Yeah, you need to have the blast gates open as well, not that I’m speaking from actual experience.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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#4 posted 07-17-2019 11:56 AM

Now you have justification to get the I-Vac switch system so it won’t happen again.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#5 posted 07-17-2019 01:44 PM

Fred beat me to it – strangely chips and dust don’t make it through those closed blast gates.

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests

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#6 posted 07-17-2019 02:22 PM

In my tiny shop (10’x16’) my table saw and chop saw are job site saws on stands with wheels. I have a shop vac with cyclone but need to re-route the hose to the active machine. What a pain and many times I forget to move let alone turn the damn thing on. Hoping to get a real shop built in the future for retirement hobby but for now I am just working on tool acquisition and skills. My latest goal is to work on dovetail joints, That out to keep me busy for a while.

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#7 posted 07-17-2019 02:48 PM

Yeah, you need to have the blast gates open as well, not that I m speaking from actual experience.

- Fred Hargis

My table and miter saws are plugged into the same power strip as the always switched on dust collector, so they won’t run if it’s not on. But there’s less than a 50% chance that I have the blast gate open to the right saw.

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#8 posted 07-17-2019 04:54 PM

Ha ha ha! Yep. Done that a few times! Opened the wrong blast gate a time or two as well.
I’m glad I’m not alone.

-- When you leave your shop for the night, make sure you can always count to 10.

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#9 posted 07-17-2019 05:01 PM

I don’t have permanent DC plumbing. I have 3 hoses and 4 different ways I can connect them. I should be ashamed of how many times I have the wrong hose configuration for the task at hand.

-- My reality check bounced...

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#10 posted 07-17-2019 05:07 PM

They also work a lot better if you connect them to the machine. My dust collector is shared between machines via one of those flexible hoses. Several times I have moved the hose near to the table saw, but to connect it involves going around to the other side to be able to reach the port on the saw, or move another piece of equipment out of the way to gain access . More than once I got distracted and forgot to connect it, and used the saw all day long with the dust collector running.

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