STL241: Dust collectors vs. dust extractors
Vic Tesolin joins Mike and Ben to discuss dust collection, upgrading old tablesaws, whether a shop is ever done, and the finer points of Instagram etiquette.
My next shop purchase will either be a new jointer, or a better dust collection solution.
While a new jointer is much more exciting, my dust collection is pitiful right now, and consists of a shop vac I found in my basement that I think must have been abandoned by a contractor a few years ago. I am looking at either the Grizzly g0860 which got a favorable review from Anissa, or a Festool dust extractor. I know these are kind of two different things, but they cost about the same so I will have to pick one or the other. Which do you think would be better to get first and why?
I have a table saw, jointer, planer, bandsaw, all the hits, but I also use my compact router a lot.
My inclination is the Grizzly would do more for me, but I would be interested to hear y’all’s take on dust collection, and if fancy dust extractors like the festool are really worth the cost over a more typical shop vac.
I’ve been a hobbyist woodworker for 20 or so years. As my projects have moved more in the direction of fine woodworking, I’m starting to see the shortcomings of my existing tablesaw, specifically the fence. Is it worth spending the time in the shop to improve the usability of the saw, ie; mounting the saw into a frame and adding an outfeed table, making a crosscut sled, and trying to find ways to get straight cuts without a fence, or should I start saving for something now? There are no aftermarket fences available for this saw, and I’ve had to grind the safety nubs off of the miter slots in order to make any kind of sled runners.
Segment: All-Time Favorite
Vic – All time favorite tool: cordless chainsaw
Ben – Smooth move: Thinking he would remember to trim up one piece later
Mike – Smooth move: Bringing a piece into the house before it was really completed
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