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Forum topic by NewfieDan posted 11-18-2011 02:31 PM 1399 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-18-2011 02:31 PM

I am asking for a dust collection system from “Santa”. So far I have mostly General tools and and I ma happy with them. But before I buy another tool I want to do some comparison shopping. What other manufacturers are out there.

I don’t have access to Harbor Freight, but most of the major brands I can order from town. But that is an hours drive for me. So iwould like to have a really good idea of what I want before I get there.

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#1 posted 11-18-2011 05:24 PM

I’m not expert, but I wish I’d gotten a cyclone system. There weren’t many (if any) small, portable, cyclone systems when I bought my Delta single-stage DC. While they may seem expensive, I’ve probably bought one with upgrading my collecter from 30 micron bags, to felt bags, then a pleated canister filter, and now I plan to incorperate a seperator. With all that said, I love my Delta. JDS, Oneida, and Grizzley all make pretty slick (and affordable) mobile cyclone systems.

-- Arvid, Washington DC

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#2 posted 11-19-2011 11:40 AM

I echo Arvid’s suggestion to consider a cyclone. I would toss in a vote for Clear Vue, as they do an incredible job of separating the dust from air, allowing you to run for extended periods without cleaning your filter. I upgraded recently from a single stage dust collector to a Clear Vue cyclone, and the difference is incredible.

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#3 posted 11-19-2011 03:47 PM

I also upgraded to the Clear Vue cyclone. During the day in my shop there’s a lot of sunlight that shines in and with my old dust collector there would be a lot of fine dust that would be floating in the air.Since the new installation of the new clear vue cyclone I don’t see the dust lingering in the air any more.

Also its 100% USA!!!!

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#4 posted 11-19-2011 04:41 PM

I’ll also throw in my vote for Clearvue. I recently upgraded from my 1.5hp Gen. International canister DC to a Clearvue cyclone and I’ve stopped coming in from the shop coughing up sawdust. There really is no comparison between the two. If you’re going to go for a cyclone, get the most powerful you can afford (ie. 2HP or greater) and skip the crap small “portable” cyclone DC that are smaller.

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#5 posted 11-19-2011 04:48 PM

Whichever way you go, your dust collector is not a luxury item, so you should just go out and buy one anyone. Then you can ask the man in the red suit for something you really want, new golf clubs, telescopic sight, Wild Turkey etc, etc.

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#6 posted 11-19-2011 05:41 PM

Give this some thought before you purchase. Some folks only want to avoid sweeping the floor, and others want to capture every spec of the finest dust possible. You need to know where you shake out on that issue to be happy with what you get. The prices you find will echo systems on each end of that spectrum. Also give little (or no) value to the manufacturer’s claim of CFM…most of those numbers are about as accurate as the 6.5 HP your shop vac has. Collecting the finest dust requires moving lots of air, and then filtering those particles out. So for getting the fine dust you want at least 1 micron (or better) in the filtering area. Moving lots of air requires (IMHO) a 2 HP motor and a 12” impeller. Smaller/less powerful units will get the chips and a lot of the dust, but maybe not all the finest dust. Since a DC is very simple most of the brands that otherwise meet your requirements should serve you quite well. If you go for a cyclone (which would be, and was, my choice) the Clear Vue should be very high on your list, none has the separation (again, just my opinion) that the design of the CV provides. Second to it are all the other models. Be sure to consider whether you want duct work…when I did mine I spent as much on the ducting as the unit itself. Flex hose has about 3X the drag on air flow as smooth piping, but a lot of guys are quite happy with just using flex.

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#7 posted 11-19-2011 10:53 PM

I recently read an article on collecting dust. It dealt with vortex systems that are built in or added and HEPA filters and who rates them etc. This is in Fine Wood Working. Good filters cost as much as some of the cheaper systems. I think there is some good information in this article. There is also a section on shop vacuum cleaners. Don’t forget to install some air filter systems in addition to to the collecting system.

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