How to Setup a Dust Collection System

April 11, 2017


This week I’m installing a complete dust collection system in my workshop. A few weeks ago I converted my single stage dust collection system into a two stage dust collector. If you haven’t seen that video, I’d recommend watching it as well. I started off by going out to my workshop and measuring how much 4″ PVC pipe I would need in order to run dust collection pipes to all of my tools. Once I had those measurements, I planned out where each blast gate, splice, and hose clamp would go, as well as all of the adapters and flex hoses. After I had a general idea of all the materials/accessories that I would need, I went out and purchased all of the stuff require. I pieced together parts from brick and mortar stores as well as online stores. Once I had all of my parts in hand, I started the installation. I began by cutting my pipe to the proper length and fit all of my turns, blast gates and hoses together. There’s a few important things to keep in mind when setting up your runs. The first is to try and make each run with with the least amount of turns possible. Secondly, when you do make turns, don’t just use a 90 degree elbow to make a turn. Instead, combine two 45 degree elbows to make a longer, more sweeping curve. This will prevent a loss of suction and it will help keep your pipes from getting clogged. As you’re setting up your runs, you’ll want to add blast gates for each tool. This will allow you to open and close each run when your tools are in use. If you’re not using a tool, keep the blast gate closed and vice-versa. When you add your blast gates, you’ll want to put it as close to your primary run as possible. This will allow you to get the maximum suction to each individual tool while the others are not in use. After I had all my runs setup, I added a wireless power switch so the dust collector could be turned on remotely from any location in the shop. After making a few test cuts on my table saw, I’m extremely pleased with how this system is working out. I’ve included some links below to some of the dust collection accessories I used in this video.

4″ Clear Flex Hose

4″ Splice Connectors

4″ Steel Hose Clamps

4″ Y Connectors

4″ Blast Gates (Plastic)

4″ Blast Gates (Metal)

Big Gulp Dust Hood

Jointer/Router Dust Hood

Wireless Remote Plug


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