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Forum topic by stratiA posted 11-26-2009 05:10 AM 1109 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-26-2009 05:10 AM

Hi everyone and happy thanksgiving from the state that gave us thanksgiving. I noticed that in my new rockler circular I got in my email that they have a little jet dust collection model dc-500. I am in need of any kind of dust collection and I was hoping some fellow jocks can chime in on this model. I would be using this one machine at a time and with a hose of 10 feet or less. Right now I am using a shop vac. I was hoping for it to be a bit quieter and a bit stronger. Before this sale popped up, I was debating upon purchasing a dust deputy and dealing with the shop vac which is passable. I am aware of the jet DC’s limitations, only 500 CFM and 30 micron bag. Which option should I go with? Is it really any quiter?

-- Strati Alepidis, Burlington, Ma, Member Red Sox nation

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#1 posted 11-26-2009 05:34 AM

Anything is better than a shop-vac. They are way too loud.

An induction motor is basically silent when they run. What they are connected to will make the noise.

A universal motor makes a lot of noise all by itself. Your shop-vac for example.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 11-26-2009 05:51 AM

The dust collector will work good for the situation that you have stated.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#3 posted 11-26-2009 05:53 AM

My first DC was a 1HP like that, it did ok on a single machine so if that’s what you’re going to do it would be better then a shop vac. But if you want to run duct and use blast gate it will fall way short. I tired, it doesn’t work well in that configuration.

Keep the corrugated hose as short as possible, the corrugation adds like 3-5 maybe more times the resistance to air flow that solid duct does.

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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#4 posted 11-26-2009 07:53 AM

It dawned on me though you might want to get a better bag, 30 microns is pretty big. Read Bill Pentz’s site, he found out the hard way.

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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#5 posted 11-26-2009 09:04 AM

I bought the rockler wall mount DC from rockler a few months ago and it works very well. I chose it over the jet DC-500 because it has a smaller foot print and now I see it’s on sale for $179.00. You can get a 5 micron bag for it. The rockler is much quieter than the jet. I was amazed at how quiet it is. Here is my DC set up on a small cart

Here’s the link for the rockler DC

Compare the two before you buy.

You don’t want to pick up slivers or pieces of wood bigger than sawdust without a 2 stage set up or you’ll bend the impeller.

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