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Forum topic by Kathy posted 06-22-2010 12:09 PM 1183 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Kathy

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06-22-2010 12:09 PM

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I have just enlarged by workshop in the garage and I am getting really tired of vacuuming up all the wood bits from my router and saws. I have an air cleaner but no dust collector except my vacuum.

What would be your advice about a dust collection system that is relatively cheap yet efficient? How well do the $100 to $200 systems at, for instance, Menards work? I use the workspace maybe 3 or 4 times a week and only for my own pleasure – not for selling.

Thanks for your help.

-- curious woodworker


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John Steffen

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#1 posted 06-22-2010 12:42 PM

Harbor Freight 2 HP Industrial 5 Micron Dust Collector. A very large number of us have them, and they work well for the price.

http://www.harborfreight.com/garage-shop/stationary-dust-collectors/2-hp-industrial-5-micron-dust-collector-97869.html

-- Big John's Woodshed - Farmington, IL

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#2 posted 06-22-2010 12:54 PM

Ditto what John said.
Got mine about 2 wks ago… works great!
It is a real step up from the shop vac and dust deputy I had.

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

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iamwelty

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#3 posted 06-22-2010 02:11 PM

The Harbor Freight unit works well and you can’t be the price. They offer coupons regularly that brings the price down to <$140. Can’t beat it. The hose and fitting kit that they sell for $49.99 is not as impressive IMO

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

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#4 posted 06-22-2010 02:53 PM

Before you are done you are going to want to make 3 separate purchases: (1) the dust collector itself, (2) a separator and barrel (http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?page=1515&filter=dust%20collection) and (3) a remote control.

Most (perhaps “all”) dust collectors in this price range are going to be single stage. A separator is almost essential if you will be picking up any little pieces of wood. Otherwise, small pieces of wood will damage the fan blades.

A remote control may sound like a luxury but, trust me, you will want one.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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HorizontalMike

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#5 posted 06-22-2010 03:21 PM

I have my house on X10 remotes:

http://www.x10.com/automation/x10_rc6500.htm

I use this system to turn on outside lights as I arrive home at night and it works well. Not sure if the “BASIC” X10 Appliance Module will be up for the job though (Rated at 15 amps, 1/3 hp, 500 watts). You will probably want the “Heavy Duty” 20amp/220v version:

http://www.x10.com/automation/x10_hd245.htm

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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Kathy

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#6 posted 06-23-2010 12:16 PM

Thanks for your replies. Can I find a Harbor Freight in stores or do I need to order it online? I am going to be seriously looking around for the dust collector! What a luxury it will be.

-- curious woodworker

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ellen35

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#7 posted 06-23-2010 01:21 PM

You can order on line if there isn’t a Harbor Freight where you live.
Get the coupon out of Wood magazine for 20% off.
I just got some new hose from Rockler yesterday but it comes with a 10’ section… and you might want to buy the accessories kit also – it has another 10’ section of hose, blast gates, and some useful and non-useful stuff!
Ellen

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

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#8 posted 06-23-2010 01:33 PM

Get the Wood magazine or American Woodworker coupon for $139, but I think you can only use it in the store. And imo, you don’t need a seperator. The fans are designed to be hit by chucks of wood from time to time, and it won’t damage them. Also, with a seperator, you lose a lot of efficiency. There are some modifications that make it better. An integral Thien seperator, and a canister filter. But I use mine as is, and it can’t be beat for $139.

-- Gerry, http://www.thecncwoodworker.com/index.html http://www.jointcam.com

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iamwelty

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#9 posted 06-23-2010 02:13 PM

You can get the unit at the store. My coupon expired on 6/20… not sure about the one in the magazine. I haven’t installed a seperator but am going to. I find the fan protecting bars clog with wood slivers from my planer plus it will save me on bags. Some people cut off the protecting bars but that worries me if a do suck up a chunk of wood.

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

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