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01-02-2016 05:23 AM

Can someone recommend a low entry dust collection remedy? I don’t need all of my tools hooked up to this at once. I will mainly have it hooked up to my TS. I’ll move it to my planer or miter as needed. Something small and effective. Couple hundred bucks that works?

I have a shop vac. I’ve seen the kits. Do shop vacs actually work?

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#1 posted 01-02-2016 05:26 AM

If you are price conscience and want more suck in the future, a Harbor Freight with a 20% off coupon is what you want.

-- Knowledge and experience equals Wisdom, Michael Frankowski

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#2 posted 01-02-2016 05:34 AM

I use s rigid shop vac. 6.5 hp 16gal. I’ve been using it for a year now and it doe a super job. Best shop vac. I’ve ever used, and its pretty quiet. I’ve even used it on my planer and it works with it also. I wanted something to use until I decided what kind of system I really wanted. When I do install a DC system I’ll still have a use for the shop vac. I think I paid about 140.00 for it.
Gerald

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#3 posted 01-02-2016 05:54 AM

Planers generally have 4” dust port and a shop vac simply can’t gulp fast enough to keep up. Cabinet saws also come with 4” ports. The dc isn’t the only expense, the fittings and such aren’t free – its quickly adds up. The motor on my dc is only 1hp but it’ll give you a hickey! Lol

The dangerous dust is in the 1-5 micron range. A .5 micron bag is cheap health insurance.

I have three outlets, one 4” to the saw, one 4” to the planer, and a 2-1/2” router / sander / general cleanup port. The 1hp dc keeps up with no bogging.

Slip on fittings are also slip off fittings when the blower is running. To get reliable air tight connections required X cutting the ends and worm clamps.

Invest in metal blast gates, the cheap plastic ones are just that – cheap plastic.

M

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#4 posted 01-02-2016 06:04 AM

The HF DC has a 5 micron bag and with coupon on sale is less then 200$

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toolie

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#5 posted 01-02-2016 01:14 PM



Planers generally have 4” dust port and a shop vac simply can t gulp fast enough to keep up. Cabinet saws also come with 4” ports. The dc isn t the only expense, the fittings and such aren t free – its quickly adds up. The motor on my dc is only 1hp but it ll give you a hickey! Lol

The dangerous dust is in the 1-5 micron range. A .5 micron bag is cheap health insurance.

I have three outlets, one 4” to the saw, one 4” to the planer, and a 2-1/2” router / sander / general cleanup port. The 1hp dc keeps up with no bogging.

Slip on fittings are also slip off fittings when the blower is running. To get reliable air tight connections required X cutting the ends and worm clamps.

Invest in metal blast gates, the cheap plastic ones are just that – cheap plastic.

M

- MadMark

And try to avoid straight “t” fittings like the one shown in the above picture. The “t-y’s” also shown in the picture are much better.

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#6 posted 01-02-2016 03:51 PM

The Harbor Freight DC was a huge step up from my shop vac (primarily hooked to my router fence). On sale, with coupon, I got the DC and their hose kit for about 200. For now, I use Rockler’s Dust Right handle and tool ports ($40 for kit) and just connect the DC to whatever tool I am using… table saw, planer, jointer, router, shaper,

Some will poo-poo the HF, but for the price of a special color brand name DC, one can get a HF DC, upgraded dust collector bag, AND an air cleaner for the whole shop.

Perhaps one of these days I will upgrade to a bigger and better unit with fixed ductwork and blast gates. But for now, I will spend that money on tools and lumber for projects.

-- Rick - I know I am not perfect, but I will keep pressing on toward the goal of becoming all I am called to be.

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#7 posted 01-02-2016 03:56 PM

I went from a shop vac to a steel city version because Woodcraft had it on clearance. I wound up putting one run along my bench wall for the CMS and the sanding station with a port to attach vac hose for clean up, other leg I just have two 10’ hoses that I move between the TS, BS, Planer, Jointer and Router. I dream of a day when all of my tools could stay out and be connected, but that means a new house so one day… Oh yeah the shop vac still gets used, but only when I need to vacuum the cars or clean up a wet mess… Whichever you go with be sure to get a remote

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