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Though drywall is relatively easy stuff to work with, it sure makes a lot of dust when you cut it.  The dust doesn’t matter too much on new construction, since dust and dirt is unavoidable — but when you’re working in an occupied house, especially your own, dust-control matters a lot.  Kett Tool addresses this problem with their KSV-432 cutter.

The hose from your shop vac attaches directly to the head of the cutter to suck up dust before it gets away.  Kett says the tool’s 2-1/2″ high-speed steel circular saw blade will cut drywall, plywood, fiberglass, copper, aluminum, and mild steel up to 16 gauge.

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and street pricing on the KSV-432 starts at $390.

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6 Responses to No Dust In The Wind

  1. Old Coot says:

    “….but when you’re working in an occupied house, especially your own, dust-control matters a lot.”

    Not to the drywall guys I know; in fact, if they can’t generate a sufficient amount of dust, they will bag it up from another job and spread it around mine. Then at night they return and fling handfuls of drywall screws wherever a vehicle might operate.

  2. Jim German says:

    Looks like a pretty cool saw, but $390? Holy crap.

  3. fred says:

    Kett also makes a pneumatic version and a big brother version:

    http://www.ohiopowertool.com/p-1500-kett-dhandle-plunge-vacuum-saw-ksv33am.aspx

  4. ShopMonger says:

    Yeah , HOME Version at 390? I will use a shop vac and my generic roto zip… and save the 390 for cool accents like crown molding for the room…..

  5. asbestos says:

    I suppose a small drywall saw or a utility knife is just too lame

  6. Bob The Drywall Guy says:

    Old Coot… have I worked with you before???

    in all seriousness, if you a) cut in one location; b) were you might be out of square, take an extra 1/4″-3/8″ off with your measurements; and c) keep a broom or shop vac around, you won’t make much mess.

    A lot of pros will cut wherever is quickest , and have scrap all over the job, this gets stepped on and contributes to mess. Having to shave or re-work a cut also makes the site much messier. Finally the greatest factor in creating a drywall dust disaster is tracking. Walking through areas where the sheets are cut, or over piles of scrap will leave white footprints for up to 30′.

    As far as any extra gap between sheets may be considered, finishers generally don’t mind gaps of about 1/4″ and some engineers recommend a slight gap between adjoining sheets of drywall, it allows for the compound to penetrate and bond the two sheets more fully.

    The dust that’s associated with finishing however… that’s a different story.

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