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Mark Colan

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#1 posted 03-15-2011 04:22 PM

Mine (Delta 50-850 1.5HP 1200 CFM Dust Collector) looks a lot like this, except it is grey (maybe greenish grey). I use it, not heavily, and have been happy with its performance. It comes (I think) with a 5 micron bag, and you’ll want to get a bag that traps smaller dust particles (I think I got a 1 micron version from Delta). These micron numbers are from my memory, which is suspect.

My main use is to pull dust out of my Delta Contractor table saw, which is equipped with a very efficient dust collection hood at the bottom of the trunnion box. This was custom made for me out of sheet metal. Because there is a downdraft around the saw blade, less dust is going into the air. More info here:

Also built a downdraft sanding box. Although it is large and had many holes, there was so much pull from this DC that it made a loud howling/whistling noise. I had to enlarge the holes to make the noise go away.

Obviously a DC is going to have much better pull than a shop vac. Considering mine goes for $476 new (on Amazon), $150 sounds like a steal. Get it while you can!

-- Mark, hack amateur woodworker, Medford (greater Boston) MA

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