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Forum topic by WoodWorkJosh posted 06-09-2016 04:40 PM 445 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-09-2016 04:40 PM

Topic tags/keywords: wood dust collector collection advice cleaning question help tip

Hello fellow Lumberjocks, I need some advice. I have a very small shop(10’ x 16’). I am in the market for a dust collector, and I would love to know if anyone has any advice for the best bang for the buck collector? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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#1 posted 06-09-2016 08:34 PM

No matter what you get put a 0.5 micron filter on it.


-- Madmark -

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#2 posted 06-09-2016 08:52 PM

Thanks Mark, I was thinking maybe one of those Dust right wall hanging type units

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#3 posted 06-09-2016 08:59 PM

Get a Harbor Freight DC, add good bag (Highland Woodworking has a felted top bag), hoses/connectors.
I use this in my 200+ sq. ft. shop by moving 4” hoses from tool to tool.
Best bang for the buck. You can spend the rest of your life studying the DC process if you wish, but sometimes it just gets too involved in the simple (?) issue of extracting the most dust for the least dollars.
You money, your time, your decision.


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#4 posted 06-09-2016 09:13 PM

That is a great idea Bill. I completely agree. I think you hit the nail on the head.

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#5 posted 06-09-2016 09:51 PM

My shop is almost the exact same size as yours. I use the HF dust collector with a better bag and a simple Rockler-kit separator, with three drops – one to my table saw and two at the back of the shop for everything else.

-- Dan in Minneapolis, woodworking since 11/11.

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#6 posted 06-10-2016 02:08 AM

l’m in the same boat … with a dust collection system on my wish list. I have done a LOT of research on various DC systems. I agree with earlier comments; ensure you get a bag that filters down to < 2 microns. But, the biggest decision is whether to buy a Cyclone collector or not. Major price point decision; about $1K for a model that fits your shop vs. $500 or so for a non-cyclone. Performance wise it’s no contest … Cyclone wins easily. My recommendation is to do some serious research on the Internet and draw your own conclusions; you’ll find a lot of opinions. For me, I’m opting for a Laguna 1.5 HP Mobile Cyclone cause Rockler has them on sale for 10% off ($899).

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#7 posted 06-10-2016 04:10 AM

If you’re using a bag, or any filter that’s not filtering .5 microns like was said earlier, you do not have a dust collector but a dust pump that will fill the air in a small shop like that with the fine dust that does the most harm.

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