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No dust collection problem when routing close to or against the fence...the through-the-fence dust collection works fine. When I'm routing with the fence removed I'm having trouble collecting dust. I've tried hanging the shop vac nozzle near the bit but I still get a lot of dust thrown into the air and across the table. I tried a plastic hood but not too good. Looking for recommendations. Thank You.
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You have to use a router with built in dust collection. I have this router but their are a whole lot of routers to choose from that have dust collection. You just hook your shop vac to them. It does a great job of collecting dust.

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You have to use a router with built in dust collection. I have this router but their are a whole lot of routers to choose from that have dust collection. You just hook your shop vac to them. It does a great job of collecting dust.

Also this is a great company to buy tools from. They have fast shipping and really stand behind what they sell. If you have more questions just fire away.

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This is the router that I have....my kit also included a D handle base. Only the plunge base has built in dust collection. Are you suggesting mounting the plunge base in the table and hooking the shop vac to it?
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This is the router that I have....my kit also included a D handle base. Only the plunge base has built in dust collection. Are you suggesting mounting the plunge base in the table and hooking the shop vac to it?
I know you are going to find this hard to believe but I got mixed up. I back my fence up as far as I can and route as much as I can using through the fence dust collection. I also collect the dust from below. Look at my pictures please. It's really hard to get all the dust with no fence collection. Some times I go out side when I have to but I don't like to. The dust I collect from below gets sucked out with my big dust collector.







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It will take considerable air flow and velocity on your DC to overcome the high speed particle ejection from the bit. Is your DC up to it? There is a 1.5hp DC unit on sale at HF for $199.

Having a DC adapter on your router is likely to do a better jop, but some sawdust will just get away no matter what you do.

I wonder if you could use a plexiglass (transparent) sheet mounted so it stands close to the height of the workpiece and with a DC port on top so you can see the workpiece, but not leave much of an ejection path. You could mount a line of brush bristles to form a soft chamber to contain the ejected dust. Just a thought.
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I built a router table sled for cutting box joints. It requires that the fence be removed, so I fabricated a plexiglas shield that holds the DC hose that is normally connected to the back of the fence, and attached it to the left side of the sled. The shield provides protection from the bit when the sled is retracted to move the work piece, and clears the table top of dust at the same time.

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Something like this? - except for the Plexiglas, and mounted facing the box joint jig.
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Something like this? - except for the Plexiglas, and mounted facing the box joint jig.
That is nice Tom. Great job.

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I have the dust collector adapter for the Bosch 1617 routers and the little DeWalt 611. The built in dust port on the Triton works well.

Not perfect but better than nothing.
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I know you are going to find this hard to believe but I got mixed up. I back my fence up as far as I can and route as much as I can using through the fence dust collection. I also collect the dust from below. Look at my pictures please. It's really hard to get all the dust with no fence collection. Some times I go out side when I have to but I don't like to. The dust I collect from below gets sucked out with my big dust collector.







Impossible to believe. Nice setup.
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