Dust Collection Unit.......Suggestions please!!

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Blog entry by Al posted 02-05-2009 11:41 PM 1435 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

As I continue to develop my woodworking hobby, it has become obvious that I need a dust collection system. My current work area is in my basement and covers approx. 400 sq feet (small). I plan on expanding it to 1000sq ft but not right away, so we’ll stay with the 400 sq ft for now. I need suggestions regarding the brand and type of unit to purchase. Budget is probably under $600 as I have surfed and saw price ranges. Thanks as always for your advise. Al

-- Al Meriden, Connecticut

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#1 posted 02-05-2009 11:44 PM

I’ve got a small shop and have a 1.5 HP Grizzly hooked up. Does an excellent job. I have it sitting in my storage unit on the back of the shop so when it is on it is very quite in the shop. You hardly know it is running.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#2 posted 02-05-2009 11:51 PM

Sorry to be the bearer opf painful tidings but there is no fluffing about with this question. I bought quite a few ssssssmaller but powerfull dust collectors with tw one and a half motors in each they were useless for most of my machines and very very very uncomfortably noisy most of the time I didn’t use them because of this and well I ended up since I have a biog shop buying twin bag wheeled trolley type with 3 hp each and they have a four inch outlet and do a fantastic job especially on my planer thicknesser not a drop escapes hardly same with the saw just go for it it is less painless in the long run same with spending money on clamps you would always prefer to buy a machine but it is money well spent in the long run kindest regards Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#3 posted 02-05-2009 11:56 PM

Al, I’m in MA, so not too far from you.

check out my dust collection blog: (this is the most recent one)

I was able to setup this free standing (no plumbing as of yet – but as I get more funds and find the right pipes – this is the next step) dust collection system for under $300 including Jet 1100DC, Wynn 0.3micron canister filter, 2×10ft 4” flexible hoses, and fittings. craigslist is my friend

PM let me know if you have any questions.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#4 posted 02-05-2009 11:56 PM

Allistair, I have had no probelm with mine getting all the dust and chips up. I also have a planer and have had no problem with a 1.5 HP unit. I did have a 3HP double bagger when I had my shop but I also had a lot more equipment hooked up to it.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#5 posted 02-06-2009 12:03 AM

well I can tell you moving from the noisy 3 hp 2 inch collector to thee four inch 3 hp made my working much more enjoiyable if you were nearer I would give you my older ones for nothing Good luck you seem like a nice guy I hope you get your self sorted out Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#6 posted 02-06-2009 12:07 AM

For the small shop it’s hard to beat Shopsmith’s DC3300. This is a highly mobile, single stage dust collector that occupies less than 4 sq ft floor space. The dust and chips are collected in 33 gal plastic bags, easily removable. The standard upper hood is a 7 micron polyester bag with 5 micron and 1 micron bags available. It comes with hoses, six plastic bags, floor pick-up & wand, and a dusting brush. I also like the remote control, I keep the on/off button in my shop apron.

It sucks up virtually every spec of dust and chips from my 12” three blade planer so it certainly has enough capacity for a one person shop operating one machine at a time.

It’s also made in the USA.

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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#7 posted 02-06-2009 12:21 AM

go to the ‘reviews’ section and click on ‘dust collectors’ lots of information there.

-- RTB. stray animals are just looking for love

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#8 posted 02-06-2009 02:12 AM

I have no problem with my 1 1/2HP Delta 50-760 1 micron DC, I really like it. For DC information look here it’s good stuff.

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#9 posted 02-06-2009 04:09 AM

I made this one and could not be happier. I have used it for about 2 -3 weeks and can’t be happier. Here is the link to the website.

It works really well for a small shop and it cost under $100. The trashcan was less than $20 and the wood was just scrap wood. I did buy a shop vac for $94 (not included in cost since was gonna buy it anyways. I am curently building a stand and then I will do 2” PVC for the dusting. Well under $600.

Anyways check out the website and read the forum cuz there is planty of good info.

-- Pie

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#10 posted 02-06-2009 04:38 AM

Al, had a Jet 650CK
fow about a year and am very happy with it. It works well, takes up little space and is qiut moble.

Highly recommended.

-- measure once, cut once, swear, start over

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#11 posted 02-06-2009 05:32 PM

Al, If you are looking for a portable DC set up(and with a $500 max. limit you are) make sure it has a filter on it with cleaning paddles of some sort. If you are only going to use it on one machine at a time a 1 1/2 hp will work, but 2 hp is much better. I also advise you to add a pre seperator in front of the dust collector to catch the big chips. These can be made cheaply, and the homemade ones are much better than store bought. I recommend checking out the site below, it is and excellent seperator.

ps. I have had very good luck with my 2hp. Grizzly

-- -JimmyC...Clayton,NC- "Just smile and wave boys, smile and wave"

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#12 posted 02-06-2009 05:39 PM

It isn’t rocket science, I think they all work well (particularly with that budget). I would however suggest that you use one of those pre-stage containers (like pie mentioned). Not only are they easier to empty, but more importantly, it keeps all the big chunks out of the impeller blades of the dust collector. (which could easily damage them).

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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#13 posted 02-10-2009 09:34 PM

I’m also a new woodworker. Presently, I have a small Delta with bags; 1 port. I was researching them, and 2 come to mind for quality. Penn State is one and Oneida is the other. Oneidas are a bit more pricey, but from everything I’ve read, they are very good.


-- Paul, Bristol,Rhode Island

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