Thanks Gene and Pat for your responses. It surprises me that more
people in this group haven't used Ecogate (or something similar) since
there are numerous posts about ways to save time. People use
extraordinary means to make woodworking easier and faster but
apparently many still open the desired blast gate, close the others,
turn on the dust collection system, walk over to the tool, turn on the
tool, make the cut, turn the tool off, walk over to the dust collection
system, turn it off, or open another gate, close the one that was open
and so on....
I see elaborate homebuilt router tables, panel saws, and jigs but only
two responses on an automated dust collection system. Hmmm.