So after moving to Arizona to take over a farm, we had a large shop we were not going to use.
It’s 8 bays plus an additional side shop that is air conditioned and is 20’x40’ with 12 foot ceilings and one wall is replaced by a roll up door.
I immediately claimed that for my wood shop. Well, at the time, I did not have that much in terms of tools. I did not bring much with me from my garage so I was starting from scratch. My brother gave me hi Bosch contractor saw which I did some upgrades and it was a great tool at the time. I then went to Harbor Freight and get a couple cheap items to get me some cheap tools to get me going until I could afford to populate my shop with tools that will last.
Now, being in Arizona, I was hoping to be able to run with all the doors closed and the AC running as trying to work in 110 degree heat, with sawdust flying around is just not my idea of fun. So I started reading on dust collection and after reading more on the Harbor Freight tool I figured that this is what I needed.
First thing I did was buy the unit, the kit that they sell which includes hoses etc and tried hooking up directly to my tools. It seemed to work ok, but I did notice that dust was still flying off the tools and leaving some chips on the ground. I figured this is as good as it gets so continued to work on my shop. Working on laying it out how I want and getting the tools.
After getting some more tools and figuring out the layout I wanted, I began to figure out ducting and the dust collection system.