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Posted on Dust Collection: Ideal vs Adequate, Stationary vs Portable

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#1 posted 01-27-2013 10:15 PM

i am no shop veteran (shop nOObie is more like it, still learning).
but i am at the point you are, when it comes to dust collection. Sure, you can spend $1500+ on some ultra dust collection model which does not include the air flow infrastructure. Or, as you noted about portable units, can hook a more portable, economical dc unit right up to the machine (as long as 850+cfm).
But what i have learned here on LumberJocks is think long term, if buying something new as an investment. Your portable dc unit will work, but you have one more power cord on the floor to watch out for, wheeling the unit around to the machine you are working on. Over, and over, and over again.

As i set up my shop/2car garage for this coming spring, i will be looking for a 3HP dust collection system on Craigslist or some super sale deal like at Harbor Freight, that is not portable with 6” ducting throughout the shop. If nothing pops up that my wallet can afford, i’ll look for 2HP dc’s.

some of those laguna dc system do come on wheels, but do you really want to huff and puff and push that thing around all the time?

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