Although introduced at the International Woodworking Fair in Atlanta in 2012, there has been relatively few published articles or blog posts written about the Excalibur Deluxe Router Table Kit from General International since its release. I, however, think this kit is well worth a close look. Why? It has many of the features I feel … Read more
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If you have a shop, you need some type of vacuum or a dust collector. No, a dust collector is not simply attached to a table saw, band saw or router table. It is as perfect to clean up wood dust as it is for shavings from your plane. (If you’re working green wood as … Read more
By Steve Shanesy
Laziness can reduce the efficiency of your dust-collection system, whether you use a shop vacuum or a centralized collector. Sometimes just walking around the machine to switch on your collector doesn’t seem worth it.
Install an iVac Pro automated system and there’s no excuse. You can opt for a remote control push-button system that clips to your belt, or use a stationary controller that connects to your machines and turns the collector on and off automatically.
With the remote control, your dust collector is plugged into an iVac Pro switch device. The remote control communicates via radio frequency (RF) with the switching unit to turn the collector on or off. And the device delays switching off the dust collector for a few seconds to clear the dust from the ductwork.
With the stationary unit, your machine is plugged into it. When the machine is switched this device senses current and communicates via RF to the dust collector to switch it on and off with your machine. And you can change it from auto to manual mode.
Some machines are easy to set up to collect dust and chips while others defy all attempts. On the easy list are most stationary machines: Plug the hose into the port and it works pretty well. On the contrary list are miter saws (more to come on that, but part of my solution is a … Read more
During the past couple weeks I’ve taken a close look at a new Bosch sander while writing a review for our November 2011 issue. It’s a random-orbit sander with two really significant design changes that improve the user’s experience while sanding. Now you might think that’s an overstatement, but in my experience these two improvements … Read more
When it comes to … well most anything, I’m a huge skeptic. I’m not a conspiracy theorist mind you, but I seldom believe what I hear or read. I have to be convinced. Tool manufacturers, given my position here at the magazine, are high on my watch list so when JET introduced the new Vortex … Read more