Anyone use a portable dust collector?

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Forum topic by Konomigon posted 1789 days ago 1712 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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1789 days ago

I was thinking aobut a getting a portable dust collector to use with my table saw and due to the limited space I can devote to woodworking. Does anyone use one? I didn’t see any reviews for them and was just wondering if anyone had success with them. I will only be using it on a table saw.

-- Kris

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#1 posted 1788 days ago

Kris, I am not sure what you are looking for but here is a review of the Powermatic that I have. It is essentially a portable dust collector but I really only move it when I take it outside to empty the dust collection bag and knock the fines from the canister. With this collector I not only put it on my table saw but also my other power tools and sanders (although I seem to have dust collection hoses strung all over the shop at time).

Also included in the review is a picture of the little delta that I used for several years. The big drawbacks to it are the limited capacity and its inability to trap the fine dust (1 to 2) micron range that create heath problems.

I really would not recommend the Delta but would encourage you to look at one with at least a 1.5 hp motor and ability to trap the fine dust particles. Any of them can be made to be portable. Some, like the Powermatic come with a mobile base, but it is relativity easy to add one on yourself.

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#2 posted 1788 days ago

Due to space limitations, I rely on a Dust Deputy attached to my shop vac. It’ works really well. You can find several reviews here on LJ’s.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 1788 days ago

I use a general international dust collector on wheels –

Although my production of dust is not as great as most folks here – we decided against the 3/4 HP… almost went to the 1.5 but indeed got the better bag to capture the fine dust. It’s really amazing how fast the bag does fill up.

We also got a really long hose that I can move around. My only gripe with it is that I sometimes almost break my neck when I trip on it. I am a little accident prone. Having to re-attach the hose all the time when I change equipment is something I would like to streamline as I have a bad back – but other than that I am happy with it.

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#4 posted 1788 days ago

In Ontario Canada, all dust collectors be it at home or in a commercial/industrial application MUST be portable. Its a stupid law but I am sure there is a reason. A stationary dust system is big bucks.

I like the FESTOOL dust system….............does an awesome job!

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#5 posted 1788 days ago

I bought the Rockler D.C. a few weeks ago and I love it.

I built a mobile cart out of scrap plywood. With the collector, a 5 micron bag, hose and some fittings came to $365.00. The D.C. has 650 CFM and is perfect for a small shop.

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#6 posted 1788 days ago

Thanks for the info everyone!

-- Kris

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