Having to work with the tools I have, and what little budget I have to indulge my woodworking, I need to squeak the max out of my equipment, including my dust collector. And I have been thinking about how to rig things up…
I have recently taken advantage of Lee Styron’s discounted pricing on a new Shark Guard, and optioned it up with the pawls and a 4” dust port. Both features I was aching to upgrade to. If Lee is still on schedule, he should ship sometime next week… What this means though, is I will have 2 4” ports, and a single 2.5” port on the table saw. Now the single 4” hose just won’t cut it. I need more volume.
Now the HF 2HP DC comes with a 5” port, and I am wanting to take advantage of that for the added volume. My plan is to build a stand to spin the impeller housing up for a straight shot to the inlet ring, and put that all over my 55 gallon drum based Thien Cyclone separator. Which will be converted to 5” using Snap Lock pipe, I will also be converting it to side inlet to further eliminate the air flow restrictions of the 2 bends that the hose would have to make to get in to the separator.
Now if I branch off would I be better off using the 5×4x4 Wye at the inlet then going 4” to each machine with 1 leg going to the SG / overhead, and 1 going to the floor level stuff, or would I be better off going down the wall with 5” snap lock to as close as possible to the machine and THEN branching with Wyes and reducing to the blast gates / machines?
My equipment / ports / location orientation are…
Table Saw Blade Shroud 2.5” port below table
Table Saw Belly Pan 4” port below table
Table Saw Shark Guard 4” port Overhead
Table Saw router shroud 4” port, below table.
Table Saw router fence 2.5” Overhead.
Band Saw lower blade guide pickup 4” below table.
Band Saw Upper blade guide pickup 2.5” above table.
Lathe dust hood 4” below rails.
Drill Press. No dust collection, need ideas.
Planer 2.5” port on machine, connected through a funnel reducer to 4” hose. Bench top uses hose from table saw.
Jointer 2.5” port on machine, connected through a funnel reducer to 4” hose. Bench top uses hose from table saw.
Oscillating sander 2.5” port on machine, connected through a funnel reducer to 4” hose. Bench top uses hose from table saw.
You can see a rough idea of how I want the shop laid out at the pic below. The miter saw gets taken out to the driveway to be used. I have more or less given up on the concept of miter saw dust collection….
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