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Getting Connected

So, the Nilfisk vacuum has been in my workshop for about a week, now. Already, it’s left some very good impressions on me; most of which you would expect from almost any vacuum extractor. For this post though, I’d like to start off with a couple of negative points…

One feature I consider to be essential now in any extractor to be used with power tools is an auto-switching function. You know; plug the tool in to the vacuum and, when you start your saw, router or sander, the extractor kicks in simultaneously. With the Nilfisk, this part is excellent; there is no delay between the start up of either tool or extractor although, it provides a bit of kick with larger tools and does dim the lights briefly on a 13amp supply! I was disappointed to discover that, when you switch your tool off, the vacuum also shuts-down immediately. Many other extractors are designed to run on for an extra ten-seconds, which allows for any stray particles to be collected. I’ll either have to keep the tool running a bit longer (with care!) or get acquainted with some form of workshop air-filtration, ASAP… Actually, I don’t see this as a huge issue unless you’re sanding something where the particles created are very fine (particularly with something as hazardous as MDF).

A saw cut down the length of this 40mm pipe is the best I could do with my odds and sodds. Perhaps a bit of duct tape will seal that gap? Not that it'll make much difference on a sliding mitre saw, anyway!!

In my previous post, you’ll have noticed this extractor uses ‘disposable’ filter bags for waste collection and disposal. These are fine except, if I want to re-use the bags then, they can only be emptied through the way they came in – a hole not much bigger than a couple of inches! While this isn’t too taxing with the fine particles of sanding and sawing tools, it becomes more of a chore when you’re fighting to remove chippings from your router.

I am pleased to tell you I’ve been plugging the new extractor in to wherever it will fit – sliding mitre saw, disc sander, bandsaw and ½in. router to name four! Each one of these has presented me with the challenge of making a connection with the relevant port or outlet on each machine. Now, the adaptor/reducer that Nilfisk supply isn’t that bad… But, as you’ll see below, I couldn’t have made my environment that much healthier without a few scraps of PVC and 40mm clear flexible hose!

I've always been impressed by the efficiency of this bobbin sander. Another scrap of 40mm pipe to the rescue!

This is not ideal, unfortunately, as piles of dust still build up inside the bandsaw, below the bottom wheel.

Elsewhere, I’ve been pretty busy building an extending dining table in beech with a ‘butterfly leaf‘ mechanism (it’s for my mother). You can follow the build here, at UKworkshop and also, in my album at GetWoodworking.com. I’m aiming to get this finished in time for Christmas!

I’d also like to thank all of you who’ve viewed and commented on my Blog so far. Lately, the number of hits I’m getting appears to be rising almost by the day and it’s really gratifying to see that people are interested in whatever it is that I do. 🙂 So, thank you and, please keep reading! I promise to keep this blog updated as regularly as possible while your thoughts and comments are always appreciated.

This block cuff actually came with my Hegner disc sander. The Nilfisk nozzle fits just fine.

Do you have a recommendation for hacksaw blades?

Actually, while you’re here…

Do you have a recommendation for hacksaw blades? I bought a cheap pack of ten from Screwfix a couple of years ago but they don’t seem to last long at all.

Also, be sure to look out for the next issue of British Woodworking magazine, which is due out at the end of next week […yes, I do have an article in this one!].

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