10 Reasons to Empty Your Dust Collector

I have a single-bag dust collector which is situated in a small room adjacent to my machine shop to isolate the noise.  However, it's also out of sight so I sometimes forget to check the bag.  Here are some reasons not to forget emptying it: It is hard to handle a full bag, especially if … Continue reading 10 Reasons to Empty Your Dust Collector

Overflow, Part VI

This time, I am giving away one Makita BO3700 Finishing Sander which has seen a minimal amount of use.  It uses 1/3 of a standard 9x11" sandpaper sheet which is held in place by a spring-loaded clamp at each end of the pad. The soft pad has eight holes for dust extraction.  The steel plate … Continue reading Overflow, Part VI

Blasted Blast Gates

When I first set up my dust collection network, I purchased some of these blast gates.  The blast gates were used to control air flow by sliding the gate in a track, either allowing or blocking air flow.  I closed gates to block airflow to tools not being used, thus increasing the suction to the … Continue reading Blasted Blast Gates

Review of Laguna’s LT16-3000 Bandsaw

My workshop had only ever seen a 14" bandsaw but one month ago, I upgraded to an LT16-3000 from Laguna Tools Inc.  While setting up the saw, I ran into a few problems with the Chinese-made saw but once it was operational, it worked as I had expected.  (For the record, I believe that the overall quality … Continue reading Review of Laguna’s LT16-3000 Bandsaw