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Forum topic by Jim Crockett (USN Retired) posted 10-16-2010 07:08 PM 1300 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Jim Crockett (USN Retired)

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10-16-2010 07:08 PM

My shop is in our underhouse garage, about 11×20, shared with the furnace and oil tank. I have been using a 16 gal. Shop-Vac – it does an ok job, but isn’t what I’d call efficient.

I really don’t have room for a permanent dust collection system with permanently run hoses, blast gates, etc. I’ve seen some dc’s that appear to be mobile – use it on the piece of equipment on which you are working and then move it to the next one. How well do these work and does anyone have suggestions as to which one(s) is/are best?

Thanks for any help you can provide.

Jim

-- A veteran is someone who, at one point in his/her life, wrote a blank check made payable to "The United States of America," for an amount of "up to and including his/her life".


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richgreer

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#1 posted 10-16-2010 07:18 PM

I’m a big fan of Rockler’s dust right system. You set up a DC in a single location and use an expandable hose to connect to each machine as you need to. It works great.

http://www.rockler.com/logon/DustRight.cfm

You will also see that Rockler offers a wall mounted DC that does not take up much space. I cannot vouch for that DC since I don’t have one but it looks like a nice compact unit. There are several small DCs on the market and anyone one of them would work well with the dust right system.

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

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Craftsman on the lake

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#2 posted 10-16-2010 07:22 PM

Ya know. I’ve got a 25×25 shop. I installed a 1hp delta dust system with the flexible hose around the shop and all. Totaled it was not cheap. It’s expensive beyond just obtaining the vac. And if you want to do some serious collecting 1 hp really isn’t enough so if I were to replace it it would be even more expensive.

The other day I hooked my 12 gallon craftsman shop vac up to my table saw. One on one with a shop vac it draws in all the sawdust. I can’t vouch for the fine stuff that some dust collectors pick up though. If I had to do it again I think I’d either do one of two things. I’d bite the bullet and spend much more for a 2 hp system or I’d get one or two shop vacs like the craftsman I’ve got now and move them around a bit. Right now only my miter saw, planer, router table, and table saw really need the vac anyway. My jointer shavings drop directly into a bag beneath it Small stuff like my orbital sander work best with the shop vac anyway. My bandsaw and scroll saw see intermittent use.

Just my 2 cents.

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Jesse

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#3 posted 10-17-2010 08:12 AM

I use a 1hp grizzley that is on a mobile base. I personally really like it. I got it used off craigslist and it has plenty of suction power to get the job done when I use it on one tool. So far I’ve been too cheap and lazy to buy the ducting to do a permanent set up w/ blastgates. That said, I also don’t have a huge reason to. I have a 10’ flexible hose attached with a 4” quick disconnect attachment at the end. Between the ease of switching machines and the fact that I can just roll it to the other side of my shop…I consider it a good investment. It keeps my shop cleaner then the shop vac and is much less noisy and annoying.

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NBeener

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#4 posted 10-17-2010 08:37 AM

And I—like a fair number of LJs—have, and really like, my 2HP Harbor Freight DC, with the addition of a cyclone separator and the Wynn 35A pleated cartridge filter:

-- -- Neil

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Gene Howe

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#5 posted 10-17-2010 01:57 PM

Mine is a 2hp HF. Due to space considerations, I dispensed with the bags and ran it directly outside. The separator is still inside. :-)
Does Delta still sell that little roll around unit?

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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TimberMagic

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#6 posted 04-04-2015 06:40 AM

I have a small basement shop, and bought a 2HP Laguna cyclone dust collector. It is very quiet, which is nice for an small, indoor shop. I too have Rockler’s DustRight hookup system, and bought the long 4” hose, and connection kit. I use it on table saw, bandsaw, jointer, and planer. I have it tucked away in a closeted area under the stairway coming down into the basement.

I am not sure I’ll ever put in duct work, since I really like the DustRight system.

My radial arm saw has a pair of dedicated shop vacs—a large one on the shroud, and a small one on the blade guard port, which works well enough for it that I’m not sure I’d try to plumb it for 4” adaptation to the DC.

-- Lee

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rwe2156

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#7 posted 04-04-2015 12:02 PM



Ya know. I ve got a 25×25 shop. I installed a 1hp delta dust system with the flexible hose around the shop and all. Totaled it was not cheap. It s expensive beyond just obtaining the vac. And if you want to do some serious collecting 1 hp really isn t enough so if I were to replace it it would be even more expensive.

The other day I hooked my 12 gallon craftsman shop vac up to my table saw. One on one with a shop vac it draws in all the sawdust. I can t vouch for the fine stuff that some dust collectors pick up though. If I had to do it again I think I d either do one of two things. I d bite the bullet and spend much more for a 2 hp system or I d get one or two shop vacs like the craftsman I ve got now and move them around a bit. Right now only my miter saw, planer, router table, and table saw really need the vac anyway. My jointer shavings drop directly into a bag beneath it Small stuff like my orbital sander work best with the shop vac anyway. My bandsaw and scroll saw see intermittent use.

Just my 2 cents.

- Craftsman on the lake

With a shop that size, why not install a duct system?

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rwe2156

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#8 posted 04-04-2015 12:03 PM



I m a big fan of Rockler s dust right system. You set up a DC in a single location and use an expandable hose to connect to each machine as you need to. It works great.

http://www.rockler.com/logon/DustRight.cfm

You will also see that Rockler offers a wall mounted DC that does not take up much space. I cannot vouch for that DC since I don t have one but it looks like a nice compact unit. There are several small DCs on the market and anyone one of them would work well with the dust right system.

- richgreer

Dittos. This seems a prefect solution.

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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OSU55

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#9 posted 04-04-2015 12:44 PM

The best value for a 110V DC is the 2hp HF system #97869 . With a coupon it can be had ~$200. Many add the Wynn 35A cartridge filter for about ~$200, and build a Thien separator to put in front of the blower to catch everything but the fine dust. The separator keeps the filter cleaner longer. The clear wire reinforced hose from HF #96478 is a high quality hose that expands and contracts like the Rockler Dust Right hose. You want a wire reinforced hose so you can ground the reinforcing wire to the DC. Not a safety issue, but when connected to my planer, the chips passing through created enough static to generate a spark if I got close and make everything cling to the hose – grounding the wire stopped it. I use the HF DC and move the hose between the planer, TS, lathe, and router. For the 10” bandsaw and ROS I use a shop vac. My #7 jointer uses a broom DC.

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WoodNSawdust

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#10 posted 04-04-2015 02:54 PM

I use the HF DC, Super Dust Deputy, and a Wynn Nano filter. Initially I had 4” PVC ducting, but after a remodel I switched to a long (semi) flexible hose since all of the machines were on mobile bases and I moved them around.

-- "I love it when a plan comes together" John "Hannibal" Smith

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