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Brush/air to clean up work area? (sawdust)

Today I used my new ryobi tools for the first time - mitre saw only for now.

I couldn't believe just how much sawdust it really created! For starters, the sawdust bag filled up (without me realizing) and the tube itself got clogged. There was sawdust in all the little crevices of the machine. I used my broom to try and clean it off, along with shaking/tipping it, and got a good 90% of it off.

How about the remaining 10%? I am doing my work just outside my garage and would prefer not to bring all that back in. Is there a cheap small high-pressure air that could blow it off without damage? A small brush that can get in all the crevices without damaging? Some other obvious solution? I feel like vacuuming it up is... less preferred for me.
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Shop Vac (or similar) on sale. You can get a dust collecting system but that will start costing.
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mrmccowcow wrote: Use a leaf blower
+1. This is what I do as well
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gr8dlr wrote: +1. This is what I do as well
+2 my 40v Ryobi leaf blower. My shop vac is also a blower, and I used to use it. There is NO good mitre saw dust collection without going Kapex Festool for $2500, and I have even heard issues with it.
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mrmccowcow wrote: Use a leaf blower
Hmm good option! Would love something a lot smaller though...

I came across the Ryobi Compact/Workshop Blower - P755. It's... weird? It seems very similarly powerful to a leaf blower, just... different?

Never used a leaf blower so not even sure what the difference would be
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Kaitlyn wrote: Hmm good option! Would love something a lot smaller though...

I came across the Ryobi Compact/Workshop Blower - P755. It's... weird? It seems very similarly powerful to a leaf blower, just... different?

Never used a leaf blower so not even sure what the difference would be
Leaf blower is more useful than one realizes. I've also used it to blow dry my car just like the blowers in the car washes.. faster than drying it with a towel. I've even used it to blow the dust out of my car interior LOL.

Can't say I've used it on my hair but you never know wouldn't be surprised someone's done it.

I've seen several posts on your "workshop/tools"...maybe update what you've bought besides the Ryobi ___ kit.

We RFD'ers should create a "can borrow"/barter tool community rather than let Home Depot Rental gouge us....the ppl with the more pedestrian/everyday type tools probably have no problem with this. There are a number of tools which ppl don't really need/want but have periodic need eg hammer drills, drill press, multiple clamps (some might have two or four but sometimes you need more) etc.
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Kaitlyn wrote: Hmm good option! Would love something a lot smaller though...

I came across the Ryobi Compact/Workshop Blower - P755. It's... weird? It seems very similarly powerful to a leaf blower, just... different?

Never used a leaf blower so not even sure what the difference would be
That should work fine. Another option could be to use a can of compressed air
gr8dlr wrote: Leaf blower is more useful than one realizes. I've also used it to blow dry my car just like the blowers in the car washes.. faster than drying it with a towel. I've even used it to blow the dust out of my car interior LOL.

Can't say I've used it on my hair but you never know wouldn't be surprised someone's done it.

I've seen several posts on your "workshop/tools"...maybe update what you've bought besides the Ryobi ___ kit.

We RFD'ers should create a "can borrow"/barter tool community rather than let Home Depot Rental gouge us....the ppl with the more pedestrian/everyday type tools probably have no problem with this. There are a number of tools which ppl don't really need/want but have periodic need eg hammer drills, drill press, multiple clamps (some might have two or four but sometimes you need more) etc.
Definitely. I use my leaf blower to dry my car too and to blow the snow off my car if it isn't too moist
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gr8dlr wrote: I've seen several posts on your "workshop/tools"...maybe update what you've bought besides the Ryobi ___ kit.
haha yeah I sort of just jumped right in! I got the Ryobi 6pc kit (circular saw, recip saw, multi tool, drill, impact driver, light) + mitre saw, and now that ryobi 300 piece kit on sale... that's it for now! haha

Already have more tools than I know how to use, gonna have to find some new build projects :)
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Kaitlyn wrote: haha yeah I sort of just jumped right in! I got the Ryobi 6pc kit (circular saw, recip saw, multi tool, drill, impact driver, light) + mitre saw, and now that ryobi 300 piece kit on sale... that's it for now! haha

Already have more tools than I know how to use, gonna have to find some new build projects :)
Welcome to the club of plenty!!! Getting cold here in the GTA so a lot of stuff goes into basement storage because I'm not a cold weather shop type person.
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I have an air compressor, so I use a blow gun attachment to do this.
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If you don't have a Shopvac which can blow as well as vac, get one even if it's just one of those small ones. You can use the Shopvac not only for clean up afterwards but use it to vacuum up the sawdust as you make it for some tools - ie remove the sawdust bag from your saw and connect the Shopvac to it.
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Kaitlyn wrote: .....
How about the remaining 10%? I am doing my work just outside my garage and would prefer not to bring all that back in. Is there a cheap small high-pressure air that could blow it off without damage? A small brush that can get in all the crevices without damaging? Some other obvious solution? I feel like vacuuming it up is... less preferred for me.
A hair dryer along with a brush will do. No need to buy a leaf blower just for this purpose.
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Jerico wrote: There is NO good mitre saw dust collection without going Kapex Festool for $2500, and I have even heard issues with it.
Yeah, generally speaking most of them leave a fair bit to be desired. The Kapex and the Makita are probably the best two at dust collection, both of them have multiple dust collection points, and with a vac its generally clean enough to work indoors. Also, I would always say its a good idea to mod the dust collection so you have better capture. Just making a larger funnel/catch right behind your blades does a fair bit.

Fun fact, the kapex is by far the most expensive, and had huge motor issues a few years back, so much so that a lot of people stopped using theirs and sold theirs off.

I have a 10" Makita zero clearance cordless and a 12" Dewalt flexvolt (again cordless). I find I use the 12" all the time, and usually I'll just set it up outside in the open where dust collection isn't really an issue.

This said, if I were cutting somewhere besides outdoors, and producing a lot of dust, I would always recommend using a vac to capture as much as you can. Sure if you're right next to the garage door and can just sweep/blow it out go for it, but in other cases you just don't want to resuspend and dust in the air. I see lots of people blowing fines off their wood right before finishing, whereas I will always vac or wipe it down to capture all those fines so they don't end up in the finish (or your lungs), but lets be honest, the finish is what we care about.
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SubjectivelyObjective wrote: but in other cases you just don't want to resuspend and dust in the air. I see lots of people blowing fines off their wood right before finishing, whereas I will always vac or wipe it down to capture all those fines so they don't end up in the finish (or your lungs), but lets be honest, the finish is what we care about.
I have the biggest dust collector in the world and use an open 4” line with a funnel looking thing behind mine and it catches a LOT. A really great dust collector for DIYers is one of the Delta starter units that say they are for single pieces of equipment, but I started with one of those and about 20 feel of 4” sewer pipe and some dust gates. It did a great job.
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While I’d love to get a higher end dust collector I have to say this powerfist one is more in my price range while on sale. Has anyone used one and if so any idea of whether it’s worth the money? I haven’t really used any powerfist power tools before and am definitely leery of them. Thoughts?

EDIT: I should mention I’m very much just a hobbyist/DIYer for stuff around the house, things for my daughter, etc.
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derass wrote: I have an air compressor, so I use a blow gun attachment to do this.
This is what I use as well.

You seem to be buying up tools.
A compressor should be part of the list, for multiple purposes.
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Jerico wrote: I have the biggest dust collector in the world and use an open 4” line with a funnel looking thing behind mine and it catches a LOT. A really great dust collector for DIYers is one of the Delta starter units that say they are for single pieces of equipment, but I started with one of those and about 20 feel of 4” sewer pipe and some dust gates. It did a great job.
Yeah, I assume the higher CFM would solve a lot of problems. I have also been on a few job sites where we needed to use a negative air machine, and those work pretty well too for just making sawdust disappear.

Sadly, I don't think I'll have a setup where I can utilize a big guy for a while, most of my stuff is set up to be mobile.

My CT26 probably gets the most use.

I have a rigid 6hp thats bigger and a 5hp? thats smaller, both of these seem to get used a decent amount of the time.

I have a crappy dewalt 20v cordless one, which is ok for really small stuff, but I usually don't both transporting it anywhere.

Then I have a dedicated drywall dust extractor.

I have contemplated at length buying the Dewalt flexvolt cordless vac, but I'm still on the fence about it. If I had a corded mitre saw I would have probably bought it a long time ago, but for me I usually run with a corded vac and a cordless mitresaw. This way I don't need to trace 15amp circuits in other peoples homes to figure out how not to pop a breaker.
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For everyone suggesting a dust collection system, read the comment from the OP.
This is not a dedicated workshop.
Kaitlyn wrote: I am doing my work just outside my garage

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