|Forum topic by LucasinBC||posted 09-28-2010 05:13 AM||1280 views||0 times favorited||12 replies|
09-28-2010 05:13 AM
I am going to buy a dust collector in the next month or two, and I’ve narrowed it down to two different models which offer what I need for my shop. My question is with regards to the top bag / dust filter: does 1 micron vs 2.5 micron make a difference in terms of the dust that goes back into the air? If so, how significant is the difference?
I have a very small, garage shop. My main dust producing machines right now are jointer, planer, band saw, random orbit sander, and a plunge/table router. I am also getting myself a miter saw soon, but as of right now I have no table saw and do not plan on getting one in the near future.
I never operate more than one machine at once since it’s just me out there doing hobby work, so I don’t need a heavy duty cyclone system with lots of branches and elbows. I am likely going to connect my DC directly to each machine as I use them. Mostly that will be on my bandsaw.
There is a decent looking, 1HP Craftex (very similar to Grizzly) DC at 825CFM for sale right now near my home. It is going for $250. Has casters, comes with an accessory pack, 3 yr warranty and a 1 micron top filter.
The other option is the Grizzly 1.5HP (G1028z2) unit that has 1300CFM, casters, no accessories, and a one year warranty. This one is way more powerful, but the top bag is a 2.5 micron. It is also going for about $260. http://www.grizzly.com/products/1-1-2-HP-Dust-Collector-with-New-Impeller/G1028Z2
Does that matter and which would be best for a small shop? I thought the usual rule of thumb was always go for more power, but is that always true? Neither have been reviewed as far as I can see, so any tips would be appreciated.
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