Here's a typical scenario: You walk up to your table saw, set the fence to make the last couple of cuts for a project you've just about finished putting together, fire up your trusty Powermatic Model 66, and... Wait - something's missing. Oh yeah, the dust collector. The dust collector's waaaaay over there in the corner, and it isn't turned on.
What would you do at this juncture? Stop what you're doing and walk over to turn on your dust collection system? That's conscientious of you. Many of us would just keep right on working. After all, it's just a couple of cuts; we'd remember next time.
More and more, woodworkers are taking dust collection seriously, and dust collection systems are becoming rule rather than the exception in woodshops everywhere. That's a good sign, but dust collection has a human component, too: You have to remember to turn the system on when you need it. Sanding and sawing away while your expensive dust collector sits silently in the corner of your shop is not an example effective dust control. And frequently having to stop work to stomp grumpily over and switch on your dust collector isn't a very attractive alternative.
Fortunately, there's a solution: the JDS Automated Blast Gate System. The JDS blast gate system transforms every blast gate in your dust collection system into a switch that turns on your dust collector. The low voltage switches attached to each blast gate activate your central dust collection system when you open the gate and turn it off when you close the gate, making it easy and convenient to turn your dust collection system on just when you need it, and off when you're done. The JDS system is easy to install, affordable to set up, affordable to expand, and it puts the dust collection switch right where you need it to be - at the machine you're about to use.