March 12, 2007

Rousseau Downdrafter

rousseau_downdrafter.jpgRousseau, the maker of many great power tool accessories, has recently come up with a way to combat the dust explosion that occurs every time you use your compound miter saw. This is a welcome innovation, seeing as those little dust collection bags that come with most saws are effectively useless, not even capturing 5% of the total dust created.

The Rousseau Downdrafter is a large plastic hood that cradles the back of the saw and attaches to a vacuum. Just set the hood at the appropriate height, pivot it so you’ve got the right angle, turn the vacuum on, use the saw and watch the dust disappear.

The Downdrafter comes in two models. A pedestal system that is set on a stand with casters and a bench system that attaches to any workbench and is compatible with many Rousseau miter saw stands.

We like the looks of this guy, especially since we’ve been using a lot of synthetics lately (azek, timbertech, etc.) and breathing plastic dust is starting to wear on us. This should also be a consideration for anyone who uses a lot of pressure-treated wood.

A video of it in action is available here.

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Posted by Doug Mahoney at March 12, 2007 5:31 AM
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