The patent pending Dust Collector is a major improvement to the performance and user experience of the PantoRouter. Without it dust and shavings are thrown up to 10 feet in several directions of the cutting bit and the operator is often covered with shavings. No Longer!
Our non-scientific assessment is the Dust Collector Hood controls over 95% of dust and shavings, and the only shavings that do occasionally escape fall just below the bit and are super easy to pick up. This hood took Kuldeep Singh more than three years to develop so it effectively solves several problems with unique and elegant engineering. Matthias Wandel was Kuldeep's technical advisor and together the design team created this highly efficient system, so different from anything else available it is now patent pending.
The hood is injection molded of clear polycarbonate for durability and visible monitoring of shavings. The seams are connected using ultrasonic welding which essentially blends the top and base shells into one piece. This process required specialized molds and forms, which is not common for a relatively low volume item such as ours, but we spared no expense to deliver the highest quality to our customers.
Installation requires centering the collet opening around the collet and securing two bolts to the pantograph frame. Connect a vacuum hose to the Dust Collector Hood discharge and you're ready to PantoRout without any more dust, chips and shavings!
We have tried several vacuum systems and so far prefer one with a cyclone separator to capture the shavings. Here are a few of the hose connections known to work well
We have two Tech Tips for the Porter-Cable 890 series routers and the DeWalt 618 in the Support Section. Be sure to read and follow their guidance as you install your dust collection hood.
Bad Hair Day?
The bristles on the dust collector brush are very high quality and should keep their shape for years, but if they get crunched against the table and left for several hours, they'll resemble a bad hair day. Not to worry though! Simply heat them by running warm water over the brush or gently heat the bristles with a hair dryer and they'll straighten back to near new.
If you'd like to see the very first prototype in action, you can have a look here. https://youtu.be/SQY7-nhiIVo The new version works even better of course and it's great to be able to watch the chips flying through the hood.