|Forum topic by tfenne||posted 10-07-2011 04:37 PM||1758 views||0 times favorited||11 replies|
10-07-2011 04:37 PM
I’ve been lurking for a while now, mostly learning by reading existing posts on LJ, but I’m struggling with making some decisions about dust collection. Long story short I’ve read a ton of the information online and scared myself half to death about fine dust in the workshop and the damage it can do to your lungs. And since my shop is in the basement of my house, I could presumably be contaminating my whole house!
So I broke out my credit card and went shopping. Arriving in the next couple of days I have:
What I’m having hard time figuring out is the practical differences in how to connect the dust collector up to my table saw – my primary dust generator. I can position the dust collector about eight feet from the dust port on the table saw, which seems good. The collector has (much like most < 2HP connectors I’ve looked at) a single 6” inlet with a 2×4” wye attached. The table saw has a 4” dust port. Now for some questions!
1) A lot of literature seems to say that you need 6” duct/hose in order to have enough airflow to capture most of the fine dust. Given my collector and a single 8’ run will I need 6” runs?
I guess all of the above really sums up to: I’ve bought what I think is a reasonable collector and have a short run to a table saw with a 4” port, what’s the best way to connect the two without spending more than about $100 on connectors and host/ducts.
Chances are that I’ll end up with more machines needing dust collection in the near future, but I’m only an occasional woodworking and don’t see any problems with disconnecting the DC and moving it between tools as I need it.
Any and all advice gratefully received! Thanks,