Assembling my own dust collector, choice of blowers

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Forum topic by ChrisBarrett posted 08-31-2015 09:21 PM 690 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-31-2015 09:21 PM

So I am going to assemble my own dust collector and I’m looking at two different blowers. My setup is going to be pretty simple. 6” ducts to the tools, SDD cyclone, blower, then out the wall into a box with a big hepa filter on the bottom.

The two blowers I am looking at are both 220v. One is a Penn State 2hp blower DC250SEMB which I can get for around $100. The other is a 3hp Leeson for about $225. Both have about 12” impellers. The Leeson though I think is aluminum.

Thoughts? I know Leeson is supposed to be a well regarded manufacturer.

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#1 posted 08-31-2015 09:28 PM

I had a PSI 2 1/2 HP blower (12 1/2” impeller, I think)for several years on my shop built cyclone, and never had a problem with along with very good performance. Even so, I’d lean toward the Leeson…more power, which means it will be harder to overload the motor, and the aluminum impeller should help reduce the starting load (longer life). Besides, a Lesson (even if it’s an imported Leeson) motor is better than the generic PSI one. Here’s one thing to give some thought to: aluminum impellers are not as impact resistant as steel ones, so if you’re building a single stage DC, that may be important. But if you plan to have a separator, or are building a cyclone…I choose the Leeson.

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#2 posted 09-01-2015 12:20 PM

Yeah I went with the leeson :)

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