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Forum topic by 1yeldud1 posted 09-06-2010 09:36 PM 1074 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-06-2010 09:36 PM

As I have no room for a central dust collection system in my current setup I’m in the market for a REALLY good shop vacume. Any Ideas or suggestions for a guy with a single car garage turned into a 1/2 time garage and a 1/2 time wood working shop ???? I really need help as I want to purchase something that will work. I have a bandsaw – a table saw – a mitre saw – drill press – and a router table – any suggestions would be VERY much appreciated – THANKS !!!!

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#1 posted 09-06-2010 10:57 PM

Every shop vac that I have ever been exposed to (except the festool) is annoyingly loud. That is where the dust collectors really excel relative to shop vacs. Frankly, I find the noise of a shop vac unacceptable.

If you have a space limitation (who doesn’t) I would check out a small, wall mounted, dust collector that Rockler offers.

Please realize that I have never used or heard one. I just think they might be a good idea and I would suggest you check it out. That dust collector with the Rockler Dust Right system could be a pretty good set up.

I do use the Dust Right system and I think that is a great idea.

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

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#2 posted 09-06-2010 11:31 PM

You should check out the new festool shop vac that has a custom designed dust deputy built right 0onto the top of the shop vac. It seems like a great solution. Have you looked at the new compact cyclone from Oneida?

-- Jack T, John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life."

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#3 posted 09-07-2010 02:06 AM

No I have not done my research yet – look ing for the “wisdome” fo the lumber jock community to help me go in the right direstion – Thanks Guys and Gals I appreciate your suggestions !!!!!!!

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#4 posted 09-07-2010 05:55 PM

The HF DC that many of us has is on a cart. You can drag it over to the machine you are working on. If you could find storage space for the cart, you can use it.

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#5 posted 09-07-2010 06:16 PM

I think richgreer has the right idea. I happen to have a Fein Turbo II that is quiet as a Festool, but I bought it before the currency weakness in the dollar. Today, these are still the best units, I believe, but currently suffer from a 30-40% premium merely because they are made in Europe. I have a hard time with that. I also have a Genie 10 gal unit that is so incredibly LOUD!!!!!!!!!!!!!! that it is unusable without shooting muffs. I am serious. You can buy a 2HP dust collector and some hoses for a lot less than either the Fein or Festool shop vac these days, and it will serve a lot more machines… and be quieter. Just my opinion. Go your own way, but LOUD is more than annoying. It is intolerable after a while.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#6 posted 09-07-2010 06:19 PM

Grizzly sells a small portable dust collector that can be hooked up to one machine at a time and is small and portable. Check them out online at

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