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Forum topic by motthunter posted 01-01-2008 05:08 AM 6259 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-01-2008 05:08 AM

I will buy a new central dust collector for my shop this year. I am wondering if the cyclone units are worth spending the extra money on. Also, do they create a bad noise issue? Anyone have an idea or experience with these? I am thinking Grizzly but I am not sure.

-- making sawdust....

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#1 posted 01-01-2008 05:10 AM

You should buy or read the book Woodshop Dust control. It will help you calculate and determine your needs.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#2 posted 01-01-2008 05:15 AM

Do you find that the cyclone models are noisier than the standard units?

-- making sawdust....

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#3 posted 01-01-2008 06:00 AM

I’ve found this to be a useful link on dust collection and cyclones:

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#4 posted 01-02-2008 07:18 AM

The cyclone is the most efficient. I don’t think they’re any noisier than any other. You should be able to find out the db rating from customer service of whichever manufacturers you consider.

I have DC, but not a cyclone. The one thing I will say, is to make sure that you use large pipe for your main run. I have 4” and it really isn’t enough.

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#5 posted 01-02-2008 07:48 AM

My ClearVue Cyclone does a splendid job. I wear hearing protection in the shop anyways, so the noise isn’t bad.

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#6 posted 01-02-2008 03:43 PM

This painting on your buddy photo looks like a 15th century painting of Ivan the terrible when he stabbed his son… Or a jazz musician? The colors are pretty good though… Did you paint it? And by the way I’m not up to that “DUST COLLECTING” point of my life yet… I still get dust everywhere, use my lungs a fan and a REALLY COOL BIG BROOM….... Someday…oneday…. I’ll have one of these wonderful mysterious magical machines..that take away your dust…I should pay attention cause my Lady is always complaining about saw dust on everything….And i think my blood is part metal part wood. from years of welding and saw dust w out a respirator… I know I know…I use them now.

Question: What’s a good affordable Dust collector for a SMall work space.

-- PJM.`·.¸¸.·´¯`·.¸¸.·´¯`·.¸ ><((((º> ""BY HAMMER AND HAND ALL ARTS DO STAND""1785-1974 nyc Semper Fi, Patrick M

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#7 posted 01-02-2008 03:58 PM

Just went from a Grizzly bag over bag to a Oneida 3HP Super Gorilla.

The Gorilla is less noisy and a lot less of a hassle. Almost everything goes in the can. I have removed the dust pan a number of times and still can’t find anything in it. I even use it suck out the stuff I collect in my shop vac can. That way I don’t have to put up with that messy job of emptying it.


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#8 posted 01-02-2008 04:14 PM

First, the picture is from the cover of an album by a band called King Crimson. A great band!

Second, for a small shop, there are many types of dust collectors starting with a shop vac and going through simple single stage units, and as elaborate as cyclone systems. For your health and comfort, you should use something. A simple single stage dust collector on wheels can be had reasonably cheap from grizzly and others. Go visit a woodcraft store and their salespeople can easily recommend a simple system.

I am looking for a bigger system so that I wont have the hassle of carting a dust collector around. A fixed and ducted system will make my life easier. I get so little time in the shop so every second I can save and keep me healthy is worth a few extra bucks.

By the way, my wife is not a fan of the dust and getting her off my back is a plus too.

-- making sawdust....

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#9 posted 01-05-2008 12:17 AM

Bought the Onieda “Dust Deputy” a while back. It’s hooked to my Shop-Vac and works exactly as advertised.

Chose this route to dust collection because my shop is small.

The 5 gallon bucket is getting full and the vac’s filter is really clean. Lots of suction, also. I’ll hook a couple of 10 foot , 1 1/2 in hoses to it for floor cleaning.

Now I am still looking for Shop-Vac Industrial Hose ( 1 1/2) adapters


-- Bob from Northwest Florida

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