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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 03-09-2012, 09:54 PM Thread Starter
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Interested in see and reading about better ways to collect the fine dust from portable sanders. I am attatching some pictures of what I have been using. I like to put down some anti-slip matting to help hold the project in place and it gives a nice cushion to protect the wood.
My Ridgid and Montgomery Ward both have shop hose hookups that work very well, and I like to take some hoses from my central dust collector and just set them in the area where I am sanding. On my B&D mouse sander theres no hose hookup, so I only use that in tight areas, but really wish I had a better method along with a quieter better shop vac.
Questions: Does anyone make a shop vaccum thats quieter than standard shop vacs?
Anyone know of a small sander that will fit into tight areas like the mouse, but with a vaccum attatchment?
Anyone want to post pictures of a portable benchtop downdraft table you have built or purchased?
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Fine Woodworking did a tool test of shop vacs a couple of months ago. The one they voted best was Bosch's "airsweep". It moved the most cfm but it was also by far the loudest. The quietest was a Dewalt (one of 2 tested) but it also had the lowest cfm. It seems performance and noise go hand-in-hand.
I have a Porter Cable profile sander that has a mouse type attachment and it has a vac port.

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If you find a solution for this I'll be very interested. I attach a vacuum hose to my sanders when using them at the bench and have never been happy with the results. I've been considering building a down draft sanding table from an old furnace blower to try to trap what the vacuum attachment on the sander fails to catch. Maybe using both methods at the same time will keep the dust out of the air? Does anybody do their sanding this way?

Another related question - How do you manage the vacuum hose and the power cord to your sander? I got frustrated with the hose and wire dragging across my work and decided to hang them from the ceiling. This improved the situation, but didn't solve it completely because the slack that was needed to be able to move the sander over the work sometimes caused them to drag anyway. My most recent improvement to this was to install one of those retractable clothes line units to the ceiling above my bench and then attach the end of the clothes line from it to the slack area of my vacuum hose and power cord using one of those velcro power tool cord straps (the long red one). The rewind spring in the clothes line unit maintains tension to hold up the slack part of the vacuum hose and power cord, keeping them off of my work area. I adjusted the spring tension in the clothes line to a level that held the hose and wire up, but didn't restrict the sander movement. This has worked out very well for me. The hose and wire still hang from the ceiling, but the slack loop is held up by the clothes line.

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My ROS is Porter Cable. I has a vacuum port. I have switched to Abranet Discs which permit much better dust collection and reduced loading.

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I have built the downdraft sanding table from the planes and plates available from Rockler. Total cost was about sixty dollars and took about an hour to make out of MDF. I use my regular dust collector hooked up to it. I found that the shop vac just didn't have enough CFM to handle the dust. It works pretty well for my needs as I primarily make freehand routed signs.
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I am looking for an orbital that works with a HEPA vac. Can you give me any leads on where to find something like this?
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Hey, Declan; try suppliers to the auto-body business...Assuming you have a compressor? This is typical of what's commonly used.
Chicago Pneumatic Random Orbital Sander, Central Vacuum - H and L Pad, CP3514, CP3515 CP Random Orbital

Random orbital air sanders are very fast...something like 6,000 to 8,000 rpm
Mine's a rectangular pad style. You need a lot of air, (maybe 6cfm) or only use it for fairly short intervals...1/2 minute maybe, or until the speed starts dropping(?) then let the compressor finish its cycle.
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My older sanders are not set up for a vacuum, so I do all of my sanding outside.
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I use a broom to collect my sanding dust ...

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