Tips & Tricks Issue 85: Mags to Hold Bags

Changing the bag on my dust collector always made me wish I had four hands—two to hold the bag in place, and two to replace the metal holding strap. Since I’m unlikely to grow an extra set of mitts, I decided to put a couple of 1/2"-diameter rare-earth magnets into play for the job. I screwed commercially available steel cups to the ends of short dowels to hold the magnets in place. They temporarily hang the bag in place while I apply the strap. Works great!

—Ed Williams, Makawao, Hawaii

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