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Vern Little

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10-28-2009 06:24 AM

Topic tags/keywords: dust collector

How big is your dust collector, and what brand are you using? Are you using a separator with it? What size of hoses are you using?
Need some ideas on mine.

-- Earth first, we'll drill the rest of the planets later. Vern

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#1 posted 10-28-2009 06:36 AM

I have three all HF rated at 2hp and 1700 cfm I doubt both but they work fine and they were all under $ 150 each , two are set up out side and one inside. when I built my shop I put long trenches in my concrete with metal covers for dust collection,wireing and air. One out side DC is just for my Table saw another outside one takes care of a number tools like my planner,sander, moulder and other misl tools. and the last on is just for my jointer. I use 4” pvc ducts on all of it.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#2 posted 10-28-2009 11:55 AM

Vern, I have a 1 3/4 HP collector. It has two inlets that I am running 4” hoses to the tools. One line I have attached to a cyclone lid separator and 30 gallon trash can. This line I hook up to my planer/jointer/bandsaw. The other line I leave attached to my table saw. Right now I am treating it as a portable collector and may plumb it in later but my shop configuration may be a challenge to do this.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#3 posted 10-28-2009 12:08 PM

Hi Vern, I have a 2hp Grizzly that is about 8 years old. I am running 4” hose and us a Long Ranger 220v remote. My system is outside under a shed roof beside my shop. I had a broken window so I replaced it with a piece of plywood and ran the 4” hose and wiring through it.

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#4 posted 10-28-2009 12:53 PM

I have a 1.5hp Penn State. I got it only a few weeks ago, so my only hookups from the outlets are one 4” to my TS and the other a 2.5’ to my crosscut RAS. With only those two connections I don’t need any blast gates at this point. At this point and with my shop configuration, I am not planning on plumbing in piping, but will put my other and future machines on castors and roll them where I can attach a third hose when needed, at that point I will probably need to add blast gates.

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#5 posted 10-29-2009 02:03 AM

Thanks for the feedback. I was looking at a Jet 1-1/2 HP someone has on Craigs list for $250.It is suposed to be new.
I see on Grizzly one of the 3 HP comes with a 30 micron bag. And i think why so big? Why not 1.5 or 2 micron.

-- Earth first, we'll drill the rest of the planets later. Vern

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#6 posted 10-29-2009 02:07 AM

I have a 2HP Grizzly that I added a cyclone in the input hose and I removed the bags and installed a paper filter from a Grizzly DC and a plastic bag for the bottom. Really works great now.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#7 posted 10-29-2009 02:29 AM

Karson, If you still have half of the wood as is in the pictures of you shop, It could outlast your grand children.
I’m envious.


-- Earth first, we'll drill the rest of the planets later. Vern

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#8 posted 10-29-2009 02:46 AM

I have a Powermatic 1 3/4 hp PM1300 with the canister. Its rated at 1064 CFM. My shop isnt real big (450 sq ft) and I have it hooked to 4” plastic flex pipe. I dont use a separator. I have runs to my drill press, jointer, radial arm saw, table saw, planer, and band saw. I also have a sweep that I can sweep the floor into.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#9 posted 10-31-2009 02:30 AM

I have a 1.5 hp General International DC. General International is a Canadian company and only ships in Canada. They are pretty much the same as Grizzly because their tools all look and sound the same.

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#10 posted 10-31-2009 03:04 AM

I have a 1-1/2 HP 1200 cfm dust collector made by Delta, I have a 6” trunk line with drop downs to all my tools. I do not currently have a separator but not a word of a lie I actually just finished designing one on sketchup, however when I will be able to put the wheels in motion on getting it all hooked up is still a bit hazey.

General ships to a lot of places, not only Canada. They have dealers in Canada, United States, Korea, France and Norway. Some of their tools are made right here in Canada which makes them nice to buy, kind of supporting the home team lol.

-- A hammer dangling from a wall will bang and sound like work when the wind blows the right way.

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#11 posted 10-31-2009 03:35 AM

2hp Central, 1550 CFM, Dual intake, cyclone seperator, 30gal Gcan, Combination 4” metal duct and 4” hoses, Couple of blast gates, adapters and pickups. Use the on the router, table saw jointer, planer and drill press. Oops, band saw and RAS too. Got to get a floor scoop though, still use way too much Armstrong and push broom. LOL :>)

-- Methods are many,Principles are few.Methods change often,Principles never do.

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