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Default Kreg Fence and Triton Router Dust Collection

Hi Everyone,

I've recently acquired a Kreg router table and a Triton TRA001 router. I'm now debating how to best handle dust collection, as I'll be operating the table in my basement and would like to avoid dusting my entire house each time I fire it up.

Is a good approach to utilize the fence dust port in conjunction with the under-table Triton dust port via a Y connector, and then into a shop vac? Is the addition of a dust bucket / cyclone worthwhile? I'm also thinking I may have the connections secured through a back panel on the table, with the ability to close off the fence port for dado use.

I've read some that people have had a hard time finding the appropriate hose size for the Triton port - any advice? Any suggestions for what and where to obtain the appropriate hoses & fittings would be appreciated!

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Doug, adding one of the separators makes it much easier and less expensive to get rid of the dust. The Oneida Dust Deputy Deluxe, the Clear Vue Cyclones CV06 Mini and Rocklers Dust Right were all tested here recently. All of them work but my favorite is the CV06 Mini which comes with an excellent short hose. Not as flimsy as the Oneida and not as large a collection area as the Dust Right which means it is easier to empty. You will be lugging it up the stairs and outside to do this.

Your vacuum should have filter bags inside to capture the very fine dust. These are not cheap so the separator really lowers your cost over time. Many vacuums offer HEPA filters which is the ideal solution to controlling dust inside. The use of the filter bags extends the life of the HEPA filters which start out at about $50 and often cost more. We will soon be testing some of the newest vacuums and will post our thoughts on them.

The best solution I have found for the hose problem is the Bosch VAC05. This hose is 5 meters in length (about 15') and is anti static. This is very handy in a small shop since it will reach most machines and make it easy to access a different outlet for vacuum power. The soft rubber hose end stays put in the Triton dust port and the opposite end is a standard 2-1/4" to fit most vacuums.

I think you will find the Triton dust port will grab most of the dust and I have not bothered using it with a fence port.
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Thanks Mike for all of the details and photos! I think my first step will be to pick up the Bosch hose and run it from the Triton port to my existing (non-hepa) shop vac. That'll at least get me running.

That CV06 looks like a good addition, at a reasonable price. I just watched the video of a pile of sawdust being picked up with a Rigid shop vac and the cyclone. Unbelievable! It's out of stock on the company's website... I'll need to see if it's available anywhere else.

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So glad you made this post. I just put together the same exact set-up and was wondering how to best handle dust collection. Realizing that you will need access to the ON/OFF switch on the router for bit changes makes boxing in the router a little impractical. Guess I hadn't noticed the dust collection right off the router itself. I already have the dust deputy on a mobile stand with a shop vac. Will put together a "Y" of some sort to hook up to both the fence and router.
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Keith, I will be interested in hearing how the Y works out. Be sure it is a Y and not a T for the best performance. The way the Triton sucks down the dust from around the bit does a very good job and nothing is 100%.

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Will put together a "Y" of some sort to hook up to both the fence and router.
Hi Keith - I'd definitely like to hear how you make out with this.

I found another thread on the subject of the Triton's dust port, and someone suggested a hose from Home Depot in the sump pump area. I believe Mike's suggestion is a 35mm hose that will fit snugly into the hole. I thought I read somewhere that the triton port actually has a reverse thread for some kind of hose, which no one seems to be able to easily find.

On amazon I've found the following...
Woodstock D4234 2-1/2-Inch Y-Fitting
Shop-Vac 9064900 2-1/2-to-1-1/2-Inch Conversion Unit (for getting down to the hose for the triton port?)
Woodstock also has a 2-1/2-Inch blast gate, which may be useful for shutting off the port to the fence for routing passes where it's away form the bit.

My thought was to have two 2.5" ports on a side or back panel of the table. One would be a port for running the hose to the fence, which would also have a blast gate for closing it off. The other port would be for attaching the vacuum. Under the table the vacuum port would be Y'd off to the Triton dust port (always open) and the blast gate for the fence.
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Wow Guys! That was a fantastic product review - I am also thinking of adding that same router and table setup in my shop for a really big uncoming project. That was some really good info Mike provided!

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Just my three cents...I have the Bosch hose (thanks to Mikes suggestion). I use it in several ways.

I hook it between the tool and the dust deputy (slip on snug fit). Router, orbital sander, pocket hole jig, track saw.

Sometimes I connect the hose from the tool directly into a Lowes bucket max vac. It's a perfect fit.

Note:The dust deputy works great.
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I also use the Bosch hose thanks to Mike. I built my own DC using a 12 gal mini dust collector from Harbor Freight into the Dust Right system from Rockler using a 15 gal. fiber drum and it works great. Since I took the picture, I built a roll around base for it to easily move it around the shop. The picture is with the Bosch hose attached.
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Rich - thanks for sharing the photo of your DC. After reading up on the differences between a shop vac and DC, I think I may build a similar setup.

I found 2bigfeet's method of DC on his Kreg Tables, and had a few questions if anybody can assist. Does this fully enclosed approach capture most of the under-router dust, or is there a fair amount left behind in the cabinet? The "T" connection for the fence, is this purposeful to direct more air pull from the fence? Would a similar setup with 2.5" ports & hoses still be effective?

I saw another solution that had the fence plumbed to another port on the enclosed box, relying on the air pull from the box itself. I suspect this would drastically minimize the air pull from the fence. Thoughts?

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