|Forum topic by sawdust4brainz||posted 11-13-2015 12:41 AM||555 views||0 times favorited||6 replies|
11-13-2015 12:41 AM
Good evening LumberJockers everywhere. Lend me your ears…...and knowledge.
Since moving I’ve claimed a room in the basement as my shop. 17’ wide by 20’ long with 8’6” ceilings and exposed joists add another ~10” in the spaces between. One window is somewhat awkwardly positioned near a corner, but I can’t use it to externally vent because it opens up out onto the floor of the deck (it was remodeled that way).
My set up is oriented lengthwise, with two 8’ working surfaces on each side and a ~40” gap between the benches to accommodate planer, jointer, etc. I don’t have a CMS but have a dedicated RAS on the opposite side with similar infeed/outfeed setup. Powermatic bandsaw sits in the corner until needed, and then is hooked up on a home run to the Delta AP400 DC. The other 98% of the time the 4” flex hose is routed to my Delta hybrid table saw (1.5hp) which sits in the middle of the shop, with sizeable RH and outfeed areas that double as working surface when the TS isn’t in active use.
What I’d like to do is run a short portion of flex vent from about 30” off the ground up to about 72” off the ground, and then transition to 2” PVC up each long side of the wall, across the joists (only applies to the side of the shop that the DC isn’t on), union those up, and then run that through a 2”- 4” ‘reducer’ and into the wye that’s set up under the AP400.
Please rate my setup (don’t worry about hurting my feelings, i have thick skin) and let me know whether the AP400 in conjunction with a homemade air cleaner will be sufficient.
Why a run of flex hose ? Because i need to adjust for the dust ports and positions of several different tools that don’t have a permanent living space.
Why PVC ? Well, PVC because i know how to work it, it’s cost-effective, my local big box store stocks it, and i think i can accomplish what i’m wanting in as few as 3 90-degree elbows and one T union.
Why 2” ? The AP400 is only 1 hp and i’m not certain whether it would maintain even, sufficient suction if i ran 4” or wider. Also, up until the move my Shop vac with 2” flex hose was sufficient for everything except the table saw.
Separately, I have a spare air mover (some folks call them floor dryers) on hand; i’m no electronics whiz, but might i be able to re-purpose the blower from this for the DIY air cleaner ??
I’ve read through most of the dust collection threads and posts, and a lot of folks seem to favor the Harbor Freight 2hp collector; is it literally twice as good as my Delta AP400 ??
I’m sure the AP400 could use an upgrade; right now i have the OEM micron-rated filter bags top and bottom.
Thanks to all in advance for your comments and collective wisdom.