Dust Collection – Final Touches

You may recall that I have set up my dust collection in such a way as there is no path for static electricity to make its way safely to ground. If you have been following my obsessional warblings about static electricity you will also know that and this spells certain doom.  Here is my solution: the … Read more Dust Collection – Final Touches

Festool CTL SYS Mobile Dust Extractor Review

Here is a review of the Festool CTL SYS from the perspective of the small workshop user. Until a couple of weeks ago we had a Sebo hoover in the house but in a stroke of good fortune it broke down.  I made a half-hearted attempt to fix it and then persuaded my wife that … Read more Festool CTL SYS Mobile Dust Extractor Review

Static Electricity and the Oneida Ultimate Dust Deputy

Some Festool vacuum owners had issues with the original Ultimate Dust Deputy (UDD), apparently because it caused a static build up that discharged through the vac damaging its motherboard in the process.  Do you need to be concerned about the same thing happening to your vac? You can read Oneida’s official description of the issue … Read more Static Electricity and the Oneida Ultimate Dust Deputy

Will Static Electricity Fry My Tools?

As mentioned in an earlier post, I did a fair amount of research before settling on my preferred option for dust extraction (an Oneida Dust Deputy) and it seems that at some point a few years ago there was controversy around its use with Festool Vacuums. As per the picture below, although the Dust Deputy will … Read more Will Static Electricity Fry My Tools?

Oneida Ultimate Dust Deputy II – Dust Collection In Action

I did quite a lot of research into dust collection cyclones that would fit in a small workshop.  This research involved some discoveries about the wonders of static electricity – of which more later – but in the meantime, here is what I decided to get: As you can see from the picture, it was … Read more Oneida Ultimate Dust Deputy II – Dust Collection In Action

Dust Collection with a Cyclone

What does a dust cyclone do? The cyclone attaches to your vacuum and separates a large proportion of the dust from the airstream , dropping it into a separate container. As dust enters the cyclone, centrifugal force moves the heavy dust particles to the interior sidewall where airflow is slowed down by friction.  As the … Read more Dust Collection with a Cyclone

Introduction to Workshop Dust Extraction

I’ve added a simple dust extraction solution by using a 63mm plastic blast gate inserted through the top of the desk. In order to attach the vac to the underside of the blast gate I used some flexible hose and a plastic 90° connection (both from the same range of 63mm dust collection parts from … Read more Introduction to Workshop Dust Extraction

Dust Extraction – Vacuum Connections

I have been researching how to connect various dust extractions components to my vac. After a fair amount of investigation I had’t found much useful information, other than it seems to be a well kept secret that the defacto standard diameter for the hose inlet for vacs is 57mm (2 1/4 inches). Confusingly, when specifying … Read more Dust Extraction – Vacuum Connections