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

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#1 posted 01-28-2013 02:47 PM

Charlie; welcome to LJ’s and welcome to the often contentious world of dust collection. Like everything in life, there are a lot of different perspectives/opinions on what constitutes “dust collection”. Really, your choices in dust collection come down to what you want it for. If you want it to keep your shop clean, then your cheapest, easiest option is a small canister DC like the 2 hp HF DC. This will adequately remove chips and larger dust particles from your shop. If your goal is to keep the air clean you will have to step up to a larger, higher HP DC unit in order to have the airflow needed to capture the very fine dust. My own perspective is to treat the DC as part of your shop infrastructure; buy the best you can afford; set it up and don’t worry about it again. Personally, having to drag a portable DC around would drive me crazy, especially a large unit like the Laguna cyclone.
I have a Clearvue cyclone; it is well made, performs exceptionally well and the customer service and support is excellent. I am confident that it is the first and last cyclone I’ll ever need to buy. It is loud, but no louder than the tools I use; I built a small, insulated cupboard for it in the corner of my shop which cuts down on its volume.

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