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#1 posted 10-29-2015 04:54 PM

I had a 3hp cyclone Dust Gorilla and it’s great, for what it’s intended. It is not designed to be turned off and on with each use, like the smaller units. Too, the size of the lines and they type will, totally, change its efficiency.

Mine would run on a Unisaw with an upper and lower draw and very little escaped. That was with only four inch lines. Had I gone to five inch, it would have improved, according to people more knowledgeable than me.

Because I may have four items running, I have three collectors. The three horse collects for the table saw, jointer, planer and the sanding station. The horse and a half collects for the band saw, oscillating sander and the drum sander. For these two, a swap of hoses must be made at the collector/cyclone, which turned out to be as convenient as opening and closing gates, but without the loss adding Y’s and things give. The small, one horse is dedicated to the miter [and the lawn vac system posted elsewhere on this site].

Just jumping from the [temporary] four inch draw on the cyclone, for the four bagger, to a six inch hose made a notable difference. It works good enough to make least efficient collection point, my sanding station, pretty effective. If I swapped all the ribbed hose out for smooth tubing, the performance would climb enough to make it worth while.

In the end, I like having several collectors for a small shop, rather than a single monster running all the time. Setting them up with sensor outlets that kicked them on with the machine would make them golden. In your case, that would be far cheaper too.

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