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live4ever

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1532 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: dust collection question decision

If you caught my blog post, you know I’m gearing up for getting a DC.

My priorities (in order) are:
1. NOISE LEVEL
2. NOISE LEVEL
3. NOISE LEVEL
4. COST
5. FILTERING ABILITY/SIZE
6. ABILITY TO SUPPORT FIXED DC SYSTEM (specs below)

My shop is small. There are two tool areas. On one side of the shop is the TS, router table, and workbench. On the other (about 20 feet away) is the bandsaw, jointer, drill press.

Initially, I will probably roll the DC between the two areas as needed. In the future, I might try to shove the DC into a small storage closet, and it would need to support two runs of PVC – one 10’ to the tablesaw/router area and one about 20’ to the bandsaw/jointer area.

Now that you have the background, here are the models I am considering. They do vary a little bit in price and performance. They cap out at the max. I’m willing to spend right now $350ish. Based on my priorities, what would you go with?

Grizzly G1028Z2 – 1.5HP/1300cfm $330 (filtering size out of the box? 5 micron?)
Delta 50-720 – 1HP/650cfm $290 1 micron
Jet 1100K – 1.5HP/1100cfm $400 (out of the box? 5 micron? or 2?)
Harbor Freight – 2HP/1550cfm $160 5 micron

There is obviously a cheap option, but I’m wondering if it will violate priority #1.

Thanks for your help LJs!

-- Optimists are usually disappointed. Pessimists are either right or pleasantly surprised. I tend to be a disappointed pessimist.


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a1Jim

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#1 posted 1532 days ago

These machines probably are pretty much the same .HF had a sale I don’t know if it’s still in effect but they were $139 with a coupon from American woodworker. I have three of these units they work great.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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gjd

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#2 posted 1532 days ago

The HF sale runs until July 23. Coupon was also in Wood Magazine 2 months ago. I’m considering the HF and adding a pleated filter. I don’t know about noise, got to be better than my screaming shop vac.

-- gjd Southcentral Wisconsin

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DrewM

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#3 posted 1532 days ago

I have the older HF dust collector and I love it. I still need to upgrade the bags but the noise level is ok (you can easily hold a conversation with someone while its running). I have my plumbed into some SCH 20 PVC pipe with drops for the MS,TS, jointer, and planer and the longest run is to the table saw at around 22’. The airflow at the table saw is still plenty enough to clear out the cabinet of the saw.

-- Drew, Delaware

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dmoney

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#4 posted 1532 days ago

one of the last issues of This Old House had the $139 dust collector coupon, I think it was good until September.

-- Derek, Iowa

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iamwelty

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#5 posted 1532 days ago

Just got the HF, used the $139.00 coupon HF’s emailed to me a while ago. It is WAY quieter than the shop vac it replaced… my only complaint is that my planer tends to plug up the unit prior to the impeller…. I don’t know if that is common.

-- There is a fine line between eroticism and nausea...

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mrg

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#6 posted 1532 days ago

If your going to go Delta I would jump up to the 50-760 its 1.5 hp 1250 cfm and 1 micron. It has great suction and is quieter than a shop vac. I have a 20ft 4” hose running to my contractors saw and have no dust even with the back open.

-- mrg

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live4ever

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#7 posted 1531 days ago

Ok, so I think you guys are recommending the HF, lol? Got myself a coupon…

-- Optimists are usually disappointed. Pessimists are either right or pleasantly surprised. I tend to be a disappointed pessimist.

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dustbunny

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#8 posted 1531 days ago

I noticed you said you may put the DC in a storage closet.
You may want to leave the door open or off.
I think a closed closet will starve the unit of air flow,
just a thought….
And I have the HF 2 hp, it is fairly quiet,
you won’t be sorry if you decide to go this route,

Lisa

-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~ http://quiltedwood.com

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dmoney

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#9 posted 1531 days ago

i just bought the HF as well. glad I did after reading this. gonna set it up today. maybe work on a pre-seperator too

-- Derek, Iowa

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DRJZ1974

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#10 posted 1531 days ago

Not to sound like a commercial here, “Where do I get my Harbor Freight dust collection coupon???” I just have a subscription to shop notes and there were no HF coupons in it. I get HF coupons all the time in my Jeep magazines, but none in there for DC.

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dmoney

191 posts in 1706 days


#11 posted 1531 days ago

i know you can in Wood Magazine and This Old House. may be others too.

-- Derek, Iowa

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live4ever

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#12 posted 1531 days ago

A little update…

So I got myself a coupon from the current issue of American Woodworker (have to say I wasn’t terribly impressed with the mag!) and made the trip to HF.

Picked up the DC, brought it home, unpacked it, and it’s missing most of the nuts and bolts it’s supposed to have (but there are empty ripped open plastic bags), as well as dust collection bags. Bummer. I suppose it’s not unexpected when you go for that price. Is HF good about sending replacement parts? I really don’t want to pack this thing up and shlep it back.

-- Optimists are usually disappointed. Pessimists are either right or pleasantly surprised. I tend to be a disappointed pessimist.

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studie

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#13 posted 1531 days ago

I bought the Delta as mentioned above & love it. I was told it has the most CFM for a 110 V. 1200 is what we need for realistic DC. I use a Rockler pre separation & garbage can which helps out a lot! The CFM & 1 micron bag is what sold me however all are made in China so there is no heritage with my older USA Rockwell Delta tools. It cost $350 on sale at Wood craft.

-- $tudie

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ellen35

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#14 posted 1530 days ago

Just put together my HF on Saturday… it really is so much quieter than my screaming shop vac and dust deputy!
You could pick up the necessary nuts and bolts for a few bucks at any hardware store… there are only 4-5 different ones.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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Mike67

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#15 posted 1530 days ago

Hey, iamwelty,
I had the same issue and cut out those metal pieces across the inlet. No problems now. Just try not to suck up any big chunks of anything.

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