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#1 posted 09-26-2012 11:12 AM

”...So which do you think is worse… no dust collection at all (other than a shop vac for a ROS), or a dust collector with poor final filtration that spits back out the tiny stuff?...”

You know that even a “poor” filter gets better with use don’t you. As some of the dust cakes up on the inside of the bag/filter, the filtration increases. So bottom line is to buy the REAL DC unit. Also, I built Thien separators for both my main DC unit and my shopvac that I dedicated for my mitersaw. On the shopvac I also added a hepa filter. Very little dust makes it to the shopvac canister as most ends up in the 30gal separator can.

RE: the basement—Only my opinion here, but IMO using a basement for a shop is a major trade off and is much more limiting than in a garage environment. The basement is probably the most “convenient” use of space but not the most “efficient” use of space. I am thinking gas furnaces and flammable dust in the air. But this is just my opinion and I know that many others will say otherwise, but if you have the opportunity for working in a standalone shop environment like a converted garage then I don’t think you would regret it.

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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