I’m finally getting serious about dust collection and am going to buy a cyclone machine. I’ve narrowed down the brand but I haven’t decided whether to go with the 1.5hp model or the 2hp model. The 2hp is about $400 more expensive plus it adds the expense of running 220 wiring into my basement. I’ve got a full array of machines and know the basic CFM requirements for each. I am a one-man operation, so only one machine will be going at a time. The 1.5hp model I’m looking at creates real CFM of 900 and nominal CFM of 1314. Now, the 900 is plenty to handle any one of my machines, which aren’t industrial. My jointer is 6” and planer is 12” The 2hp model creates real CFM of 1166 and nominal CFM of 1740.
I want to do this right the first time and don’t want to be disappointed that the system isn’t adequate. I would love to save the $500-$600, but I’m willing to spend it if it makes sense. My questions are, is the 2hp model overkill for my small shop? Or would I regret it if i didn’t bite the bullet and spring for the 2hp? Would the 1.5hp be well suited for my needs?
-- Mitch, http://furnitude.blogspot.com Also blog at http://www.craftsy.com/blog/author/mitch-roberson/