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The dust collection port is fair.
after you use the sander for a while stop lift the orange plate and blow out the fine dust/saw dust away. Even a Ridgid wet/dry vac may not suck it all up.
Use compressed air.
I also find using those rubber sander cleaners very useful as it gives the sanding drum
a longer useful life.
Finally do not force your work!!!! light pressure is all you need. make a pencil line and you can monitor material removal. Forcing the work will cause stress on the bearings, belt, and
cause an early demise!
I have used my sander now for close to two years without any incident by following those simple steps mentioned above