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Blog entry by captkerk posted 02-07-2010 12:08 AM 1389 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My shop is in the three-car garage of my house and was always intended to share space with cars, bikes and kid toys. I originally planned to have the shop set-up in the single-car bay and park in the double bay. That didn’t work out when we first bought the house, because our truck would only fit in the single-car bay since that bay was two feet deeper than the other bays. Since we no longer own the truck, I decided to move everything over to the single-car bay like I had originally intended.

So this begins the process. The My Workshop page has pics of the new arrangement, but not all the updates yet. The workbench was moved from the other side of the garage as were the jointer and tablesaw. This will be the basic layout that will be improved upon in the coming months as new equipment and upgrades find their way to my shop. Those include:

1. More lighting.

2. A new table saw.

3. A lumber rack.

4. A relocated router table (into the extension wing of a new table saw).

5. New cabinets along the side wall of the garage for much needed storage and a new location for the miter saw.

6. A dust collector.

7. Increased electrical capacity.

These will all be addressed in the next few months with eventual upgrades coming to other shop equipment (such as the band saw) and added conveniences like an air cleaner and more tools.

I plan to share the new shop improvements and upgrades and look for suggestions on my plans. I’ll have entries for the first four items on my list very soon, as I have already made some purchases, but I would love some feedback on dust collectors. I’m thinking about either a new HF 2hp model or a used 1.5-2 hp Delta, Jet, etc. off Craigslist. I’ll also be looking for some suggestions on planning the electrical upgrades as well. Stay tuned!



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#1 posted 02-07-2010 12:47 AM

If you have March 2010 Wood Magazine find a coupon on page 27 (HF ad) to buy the HF 2HP / 5 micron dust collector for $139.99. I think regular prices is about $249.99.

I got mine a couple of weeks ago. Noise level is very acceptable and performance is excellent. It has a nice base with casters to make it mobile around your shop.

Add the Wynn 35 canister filter to replace the 5 micron bag and you will get performance increase and sub 1 micron filtering. I am adding my Wynn 35 in the next week or two when I get time

Good luck!

-- Rick Gustafson - Lost Creek Ranch - Colorado County, Texas

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#2 posted 02-07-2010 12:51 AM

That’s the way I’ve been leaning. I have a coupon for $150 for the HF and I too plan to add the Wynn filter if I go that route. One thing I didn’t care for was the large amp draw and the inability (so I’ve heard) to rewire the motor to run on 220V. But since I’ll be adding more electrical and a dedicated circuit for a dust collector no matter what type I get, I suppose that shouldn’t really be an issue.

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#3 posted 02-07-2010 01:03 AM

I have had no issues with current draw and don’t even have it on it’s own circuit. I just plug it in where I want to use it in the shop. I used it today plugged into a 120V / 20 amp circuit with my Ridgid 6” jointer. I just start the DC and after it’s up to speed (3-4 seconds) start the jointer.

At some point, after I figure how I will arrange all my tools, I will install a real DC piping system.

I will look at my motor tomorrow to see if I can be reconnected to run on 220 and let you know. I don’t believe it can though.

-- Rick Gustafson - Lost Creek Ranch - Colorado County, Texas

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#4 posted 02-07-2010 01:09 AM

Thanks for the tips. I am interested to hear about wiring for 220V.

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#5 posted 02-07-2010 07:53 PM

I looked at my DC motor and looks like nameplate is on bottom of motor and is hidden by the motor base. Looked at the manual and seem to be 120 only. Will try to find time to check it with a clamp-on ammeter next week. The manual says starting current is 20 amps but I don’t believe it’s that high and the running current will be way below that. Don’t think you will have any trouble running on 120 V.

Another hint, besides the Wynn 35 canister filter, would be to put a pre-separator before the DC. I have the Woodcraft trashcan cyclone lid on a 30 gallon trash can and after several days use picking up sawdust, chips, etc. still have nothing in the collection bag of the DC. Think the Woodcraft separator top was about $20 on sale and I already had the 30 gallon metal trashcan.

http://www.wynnenv.com/35A_series_cartridge_kit.htm

http://www.woodcraft.com/Family/2004310/Trash-Can-Cyclone-Lid.aspx

Good Luck!

-- Rick Gustafson - Lost Creek Ranch - Colorado County, Texas

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#6 posted 02-09-2010 12:30 AM

Thanks again, Rick. I am planning on making a Thein-style separator too. Which Wynn filter did you go with? I see they have three types.

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#7 posted 02-09-2010 12:46 AM

Still trying to decide but, leaning towards the spun bond as it can be washed. Saying that, I’m really not getting much of anything to present 5 micron filter bag with the pre-separator. I have not tested it with fine sanding dust yet though, mostly sawdust from table saw and jointer. I think sanding dust will be the real test.

-- Rick Gustafson - Lost Creek Ranch - Colorado County, Texas

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#8 posted 02-09-2010 01:02 AM

Great minds, I suppose! I was thinking of the spun bond one, too for the same reason. Not sure when I’ll finally plunk the money down, though.

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#9 posted 02-09-2010 01:11 AM

This is going to be a great blog.

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#10 posted 02-17-2010 05:25 PM

The HF 2HP DC cannot be wired for 220V. (Saw your question above, this has been asked a LOT over at SMC…)

I went spun bond. While it is rated highest at 1 micron, it still does filter below that, just not as effectively. Wish I could find it, I saw somewhere on either Bill Pentz’ site, or the Wynn site an filtration efficiency curve where they show how the effectiveness drops off, it’s a drop off for sure, but not too radical until below .5 micron…

I am honestly not sure if I will ever wash the filter out, but you never know… I was FAR more concerned with the impact of humidity on the filter than actual washing…

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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#11 posted 02-17-2010 05:39 PM

Thanks for the info on the HF DC. It looks like I’ll be upgrading wiring all around the shop anyway, so adding a dedicated 120V circuit for it won’t be that big of a deal.

I hadn’t thought about humidity affecting the filter, but it makes sense especially after seeing how much condensation can actually accumulate on things in the garage! I’ll probably go that route.

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