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Forum topic by Tim08 posted 04-02-2010 03:45 PM 1435 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-02-2010 03:45 PM

I am in the process of setting up my new 24’x40’ shop. My current dust collection is a 3hp shop vac. What is the best way to go? Bag system/ Cyclone? Any input would be greatly appreciated.

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#1 posted 04-02-2010 04:02 PM

I am partial to a bag and cyclone separator system. Nothing less than 1.5 hp unless you are going to be a production shop than 3 hp min.

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#2 posted 04-02-2010 05:27 PM

A lot of us here use this 2 hp unit from Harbor Freight with a Thein Separator in front of it. I have my unit outside of my shop in a cabinet against the back wall. I can still hear it when I switch it on but 90% of the noise stays outside. I lined the inside of the cabinet/shed with 1/2” sound board from Home Depot which again quiets the unit considerably. I don’t have a bag on my unit. The Thein Separator catches about 95%+ of the shavings and sawdust. The tiny amount of fines that make it through the Thein unit gets discharged through a 4” 90% elbow pointing at the ground. What does get through is hardly noticeable.

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#3 posted 04-05-2010 02:04 AM

Check out this thread: And Corey’s project.

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#4 posted 04-05-2010 02:20 AM

If you go with a Oneida system they will lay out the duct work for you in a CAD drawing and let you know which system is best for your needs… I have been talking with them over the past while as my shop is getting bigger and the suction is getting reduced on my DC. I think they would be worth checking out.

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#5 posted 04-05-2010 02:50 AM

You need to evaluate your usage. What machines that your using, their cfm requirements, 1 or 2 machines running at the same time. Are you concerned with the fine dust floating around. Check out Bill Pentz website, he,s the guru on DC. The Clearvue cyclone has some definite advantages over some of the rest.

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#6 posted 04-05-2010 03:18 AM

That’s a big shop. I’d lean towards a 5HP cyclone, but your machines may influence the decision.

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#7 posted 04-05-2010 07:34 AM

You might look at my blog “Dust Collection In” I bought my cyclone and duct work from Penn State Industries. It is a great unit and I am very happy with it.

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#8 posted 04-05-2010 04:39 PM

I have the delta 50-760, it works well but I have one hose that I move from tool to tool. That works well for me. If I had a shop full of ductwork and blast gates I don’t think it would be enough and would probably have gone with a cyclone. Here’s what it came down to for me:
1. I was not going to run ductwork through my shop. It’s a great idea but my list of “to-do’s” is so long that it would fall on the “stuff that never gets done”. I’ve accpeted that and the hassle of moving the single hose from tool to tool.
2. The cyclones, from everything I’ve read, are the best way to go, but for me I could achieve the same results for half the price. My shop is plenty clean and it works 1000x better than just a shop vac.

So, while everyone will have their favorites, choosing the “right” system depends on your budget, how you use your tools, and what type of projects you make.

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#9 posted 04-05-2010 04:51 PM

24” x 40” sure is a nice sized shop. Have you thought about running more then one DC unit?

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