|Forum topic by FaTToaD||posted 02-09-2011 07:32 PM||1289 views||0 times favorited||2 replies|
02-09-2011 07:32 PM
I’ve started woodworking about 18 months ago and it’s how I spend about 75% of my free time. I’m in the shop pretty much every day I’m tired of cleaning up saw dust. I’m thinking buying a DC unit, probably the HF 2HP unit everyone seems to love, but I have a few newbie questions first.
For background information my shop is a decent sized two-car garage that I don’t share with anything besides a washer and dryer, which is another reason I want better dust collection. My large power tools consists of two table saws, a miter saw, a 6” jointer, a router table, and a drill press. I’m planning on getting a planer in the next six months, most likely a Dewalt 735. I’m currently using a shopvac with an iSocket switch for the table saw, a small shopvac for the router table, and a dust bag for my jointer. This gets me by, but I still spend a lot of time cleaning up saw dust that falls below the table saw, the miter saw, some from the router table, and some from the drill press.
1) How loud is a big DC unit like 2HP HF model? Not that it really matters since I’m using a couple shopvacs that sound like jet engines, but I’ve always wondered if it’s quieter.
2) Do most leave your DC unit on while they’re working in the shop or do they turn it on before using a tool?
3) Since all my tools are 110V and run off one outlet (it’s just me in the shop and I’ve got a very limited amount of outlets) can I use the iSocket I have to turn the DC on and off with each tool and just use blast gates to control the airflow?
4) Are there any alternatives I’m not thinking about? I figured by the time I bought a shopvac and iSocket for each of the tools I’d spend more than I would on the HF DC, but I’m open for suggestions.
Sorry for the lengthy post, I’ve been thinking about this for a while. Any answers, comments, or suggestions will be appreciated! Thanks.