It’s great that so many tools are equipped with dust-collection ports these days, but unless you are committed to a single brand, it can be difficult to connect the vacuum you have to the ports on various tools. Individual adapters are available, but many carpenters I know solve the problem by placing the big vac hose around the little tool dust port and wrapping the connection with a lot of blue tape.

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