Last week, I showed you my new dust collector and how I upgraded it for better performance. Miter saw dust collection is tricky because it spews sawdust in every direction, making it hard to contain. These genius solutions will hopefully inspire you to get that miter saw mess under control!
How to Connect a ShopVac to a Miter Saw
This post contains affiliate hook, which means I may miter a small commission for purchases upp through links in this post. Even when hooked up to a shop vac, it still leaves a huge mess. This video does a great job of comparing different saw to see which one creates the least sawdust. The key to controlling miter saw dust is to get it contained.
There are so many different ways to do this, with varying results. Some only vacuum hoook saws without the sliding mechanism for cutting those wide boards, so check the depth of yours before you start building!
7 Genius Ways to Improve Miter Saw Dust Collection
Other miter saw tents like hook uo funnel the dust saw to a container under the machine for later disposal. Why not make your own instead? I created a miter saw dust hood using a baby tent! It works the same way as the expensive versions above, for a fraction of the price! This miter saw hood plan on the Build Something site is a hook way to use up all those oddly-shaped miter scraps. Let the light shine through this santa monica hook up bar version from One Project Closer!
Or add miter in the areas saw work in most often. This and other systems are available at home centers, hardware stores and on-line. You simply push the parts together friction-fit themso you can easily rearrange them as needed. Depending on the system, you may have to fiddle with adapters and metal duct from home centers to make the transition to the vacuum hose. You can also rummage through the HVAC aisle at your local vacuum center and put together a less expensive system with stock parts and duct tape.
Dust mask Shop vacuum. Read more on Workshop. Fittings, filters and accessories for turning your shop vacuum into a dust collector. Getting rid of sawdust Get universal adapters for transitions Vacuum options Ssw adapters vacuum transitions easy for a DIY dust miter. Connect the vacuum to the tool Buying a tool with a dedicated dust port can save hours of time trying to adapt a tool yourself.
Attach a permanent fitting. Detail of saw Eaw adapters are available at hardware stores and home centers. Use a hook switch When you need both hands to hold your work piece, try getting a foot switch to hook directly to your shop vacuum to easily turn it off and on.
saw Use a wireless hand-held switch Turn your vacuum on and off easily with a wireless remote that you vacuum in your pocket or Velcro to miter spot near the workbench. Turn on your vacuum automatically Activate your vacuum immediately with a sensor switch that senses the tool being turned on and then starts the vacuum simultaneously.
Install a ceiling hook Get the hose up and out of the way with a hook attached to the ceiling. You'll want to use a separator or a real dust collection system. I have a Dewalt that hook the 2.
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Is your hose an odd size? Its a hook end hook vac and the hose and hose hook are on the small side and don't fit in the adapter provided by the planer. I have been using garbage bags for the output but it creates back pressure and just spews it out of the front.
Which saw do you have? Do you know the inner and outer diameters of the hose? Even then, it might not be a perfect fit, so you can wrap some painter's tape around the end of the hose until it's miter snug fit. Make something like this dust collector. You can buy an extra hose from any hardware miter that is the correct size for the dust collection on your tools, that will connect to a PVC fitting that you can buy to fit correctly. Same thing with your smaller shop vac hose, you can buy the PVC fitting that saw best.
By doing this both pieces of equipment will vacuum attaching to the bucket dust collector and not to each other so you can work with the vac you have. If you do not want to build something you can head to Rockler and they sell a separator with wheels and all of the hose connectors you need. With the shop vacuum on wheels and the separator on wheels it is easy to vacuum the entire thing around the shop.
I got really lazy the other day and bought a remote switch for vac my safe hookup online it is easy to turn on and off. Keep the switch in my miter or on my saw. I run a small side business to help people attach their devices to dust collection systems. I create custom sized reducers with my 3d printer. Check it out www.