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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-27-2009, 08:45 AM Thread Starter
 
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I'm making a new router table and plan on putting a dust port on the fence. I would just like to use a standard shop vac to attach to the port. Will this work, will the shop vac pick up the dust, shavings & wood chips from my router . I'm looking at a 6-Gallon 3.0 peak HP Wet/Dry Shop Vac from lowes (ok I know I'm trying to get away cheap, ). Will this work ? All answers appreciated .
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Might be better off with a 5hp 16 gal.
You will want to get a bucket separator, other wise you'll get real tired of cleaning the filter every time you use it.
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I'll second Mike's post. I use a 5 hp and it does the job real well.
If you don't want to hook it to a cyclone, you can just slip one leg of a pair of pantyhose over the filter. Still gotta pull it off and shake it out every so often, though.

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i have a 5 hp and it does work well, but you cant stop all the dust.

after struggling ever since i built my shop to keep it spotless, i decided one day, the hell with it. it was at that point i started enjoying my shop and using the tools without worrying. i see these spotless shops and think thats ok. but id much rather have a dusty shop and enjoy using the tools without worrying.

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HI levon

I will need to 2nd that,, so many go over board and try and suck it all up,,it's best to get what you can but you just can't get it all ,,,all the time..with out dropping a ton of money and I mean a ton of money..do this just for kicks pull you power hand saw out and cut up some stock and you will have dust all over the place..

I know will all see Norm A. shop and wish we could keep it that clean but many forget he as all the money he needs and all the shop people running around the shop with little brooms picking up every thing..next time you see it look around and you will not see any saw dust on the floor or on any shop tool...

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i have a 5 hp and it does work well, but you cant stop all the dust.

after struggling ever since i built my shop to keep it spotless, i decided one day, the hell with it. it was at that point i started enjoying my shop and using the tools without worrying. i see these spotless shops and think thats ok. but id much rather have a dusty shop and enjoy using the tools without worrying.

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Hi Scott. I am submitting this post from a few years ago about using a SopVac on the router table. After giving my dead On Demand ShopVac to my electrician son-in-law to check out why it died he informed me that the motor was burned out and the switch was fine. He said that these types of vacs do not have the motors that can run continuously and will burn out eventually. Today I ordered a dust collector from Highland Woodworking and I will do it the right way and keep my Sears wet/dry vac for what it was made for. "Nuff Said"Gary
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Hi Scott,

First of all I agree with what Gary says, a dust collector is the best route to go if possible. I also agree with levon in having a little dust/chips in the shop, I do not stress out over it like I used to, but I do take as much prevenative action as possible to keep it out in the first place. I do all of my table and circular sawing as well as sanding outside. These are 3 of the worst dustmakers. The router makes mostly chips as opposed to dust and a good broom easily fixes that with the exception being if you are working with MDF in which case I wait for an outside opportunity.

Fine dust particles are your enemy and are best delt with using proper dust collection and control if possible. If worse comes to worse and money or space is a factor of keeping you from having it, then dust masks and respirators are the next best option when in the shop.
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