blast gate attached to band saw


Dust collection blast gates, such as Rockler StableGates, Tool Port Blast Gates, or Tool Port Blast Gates are like the traffic cops in your system. In this Rockler demonstration you'll see several types of blast gates and how to install them in your dust collection system.





Basic Dust ֱ System Layout


illustration of dust collection system

Dust collection systems that run to multiple tools typically feature a main line, often called the trunk line, that runs from the dust collector and secondary lines, often called branch lines or drops, that run to each tool.



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Why Install Blast Gates


illustration showing blast gates

Blast gates cut off the suction to tools that are not in use, focusing the dust collection suction on the tool that is being used.



Dust ֱ Blast Gate Options


Tool Port Blast Gates

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The Dust Right Tool Blast Gates let you control the flow of air and dust where it matters most: at the tool. Just reach down and open the gate—it couldn't be simpler. Buy one for every tool you have for optimal efficiency. By closing gates when you're done with lesser used tools, you can maximize the vacuum in your system. These two Tool Blast Gates feature a flexible end that conforms to the slight variations of either a 4" OD tool port (left) or a 2-1/2" OD tool port (right). The rigid end of both ports accepts standard 4'' ID hose.



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Dust Line Blast Gates

4 in. blast gate

The standard Rockler StableGate Blast Gatesare available in 4"- and 2-1/2"-diameters. The StableGate features a built in bracket for mounting directly to a wall or work bench.



4 to 2-1/2 stablegate

The 4" to 2-1/2" Transition StableGate features a built in bracket for mounting directly to a wall or work bench.



metal blast gate and brackets

The Rockler Metal Blast Gates feature heavy-duty construction that is longer lasting and less likely to jam than plastic blast gates. These gates can be mounted to the wall using Rockler Blast Gate Brackets.



PVC transition fitting

The large end of this Rockler Schedule 40 PVC to 4” Adapter fits around Schedule 40 PVC pipe, while the smaller end fits inside a standard 4'' dust hose. A hose clamp is included for easy connection of the PVC end.