I molded a fair amount of wood today on my TS and each time I turned on
the TS, I also turned on the DC (the switches are inches apart, as had
long ago mounted a DC remote onto the side of the magnetic switch).
Then I walked away from the TS and glanced down at the floor. DOH! The
DC hose was hooked up to the router table...it's been that kinda day. I
hooked the hose up to the TS and ran the DC but it wouldn't budge the
chips. Removed the motor cover. Interesting...wood chips had actually
covered the grill on the end of the motor! I had quite a logjam on my
hands inside the cabinet. If a mistake can be made, I've either made
it, or WILL make it.
My cabinet saw (no extraction) can probably hold about 3 bagfuls of the
bags I use on the DC.
So where did you think all these chips were going? 8-)
If you'd managed to fill the saw up, didn't you think it would be time
for emptying the DC ?
Andy, I use a trash can separator, which holds quite a lot. I checked
it and wondered why it wasn't nearly full after the molding session. <g>
I seldom empty the DC bag because of having the separator. When I do
empty it, that's only because I remove it to knock the dust off the top
bag to improve suction. The lower bag doesn't get more than 6" of dust
in it by then.
Andy Dingley wrote:
Don't feel bad. I do it all the time. I hate it when I forget to hook up
the router table. Chips everywhere! At least the unisaw contains the dust.
I just vaccum out the inside when that happens. A real bad day? After
forgetting to hook up the router table, I moved it to the jointer. I
inadvertantly reversed the hose on the dust seperator can. Straight to the
dust collector it went. I figured it out when I looked at my dust collector
and thought, hmm, that bag is getting full fast. Duh.
Don't feel bad. I've done worse with dust collection.
Since my walls are covered with lumber racks, external wiring in metel pipe,
shelves, or something, I used to run a long hose from my dust collector
directly to the tool. I had a remote to turn the dust collector on and off.
That is, until I accidentally sucked it down my unifense and into the dust
collector. because of the length of hose, I had a good 5 seconds to wait
for the sound of the remote being smashed by the impeller. Time enough to
thing "how stupid".
So after buying a replacement remote, a few weeks later I left it in my
jeans - which my helpful wife washed for me. We're on remote number three.
This one is on a lanyard that is attached to the shop apron. So far, so
For sure. Douibt the lathe would give you enough time to say "Oh, sh**!"
How about attaching it to a 12" length of dowel painted safety yellow?
Slip it into your hip pocket with the remote hanging free behind you.
Even a semi-comatose helpful wife will spot that before it hits the
2 of my four remotes have a permanent home: one is attached to the table
alignment pin at the BS, and the other is attached to the side of the
magnetic switch of the TS. One sits on the bench near the shop vac, and
the final one sits across the shop at the router table. I used to keep
them overhead but after whacking the hell out of them a few times,
decided that probably wasn't the safest place for them.
B Man wrote:
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