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Forum topic by WorkTheWood posted 01-28-2012 04:24 AM 1113 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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WorkTheWood

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01-28-2012 04:24 AM

I have really been considering a Penn State 3.5HP cyclone for my soon-to-be basement shop.

http://www.pennstateind.com/store/TEMP1535S.html

I want a powerful machine that will capture a lot of dust effectively. My shop is 450’ish square feet and will eventually have a table saw, 8” jointer, 12” planer, Router (mounted in a table), SCMS, Band-saw, Drill Press.

My frugal-side wants to consider lower cost options so I can put the money saved towards other tools.

What would you suggest that would do a great job, and keep the total spend under 750?

-- -- Lou Stagner


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Viking

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#1 posted 01-28-2012 04:31 AM

Harbor Freight 2 HP DC.

Wynn 35A canister filter.

30 gallon trashcan pre-separator.

Spend a bit on DC piping.

Less than $500 and all the performance you need!

Donate the $250+ you save to LJ’s.

Lots of posts and reviews on this setup on LJ’s

Good luck!

-- Rick Gustafson - Lost Creek Ranch - Colorado County, Texas

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#2 posted 01-28-2012 04:44 AM

Under $750 you’d have to forget about a cyclone unless you’re willing to settle for something like the 1.5HP Grizzly. I wouldn’t recommend a low-powered cyclone unit though. Their design requires a beefier motor to generate the needed cfm through the cyclone. My recommendation is 3HP minimum for cyclone units if you intend to run a fair amount of pipe.

I have a 1.5 collector with 1-micron bags that works fine when setup with a short run of hose to the machine. It’s definitely not capable of a full shop piping system. It would be a decent option for a portable system that gets moved from one machine to the next. A unit like that costs around $200-500 depending upon make and model.

On that note, I should probably mention that I’m not 100% satisfied with my purchase. When I bought it I hadn’t seen any of the short cyclone units that exist now and can fit in a typical garage. In the near future I intend to upgrade to a cyclone since I eventually hope to achieve air quality standards similar to that recommended by Bill Pentz. The 1 micron felt bag needs to be cleaned often and it emits fine dust whenever I whack the felt. I could upgrade it with finer filters and a Thien baffle but then I’d probably lower the cfm too much to run a full pipe system.

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#3 posted 01-28-2012 04:56 AM

Look at my post on my new work shop. the Cyclone separator cost me $150 on ebay. They guy that made it still sells them on ebay and has added a couple of smaller sizes. I think he has one made to fit on top of a five gallon bucket. But check your machinery needs, just because you may be only running only one machine at a time doesn’t mean you don’t need a high cfm machine. The way Delta designed the ducting in the new unisaw it needs a little more air moving to work effectively, 750 cfm just didn’t cut it. That said the HF 2 HP model for around 150.00 on sale works great. And leaves a few bucks in your budget for the cyclone separator and various other cool shop toys !

-- If the old masters had power tools, they would have used them. So get off your damn High Horse.

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WorkTheWood

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#4 posted 01-28-2012 04:05 PM

I forgot to mention I already have the HF 2HP unit. I just didn’t think it would be powerful enough to do a good job in a shop of my size… I am off to check out the post on your new shop MoPower. Thanks!

-- -- Lou Stagner

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#5 posted 01-28-2012 04:13 PM

The 2HP unit works great, I think it moves around 1800-2000 cfm. Look on ebay for the cyclone separator and you’re all set.

-- If the old masters had power tools, they would have used them. So get off your damn High Horse.

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kizerpea

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#6 posted 01-28-2012 04:18 PM

LOU….check my projects. i built my own cyclone, just takes a little time..i have a 1200 cfm jet blower does my 20×46 shop just fine an have some big tools.

-- IF YOUR NOT MAKING DUST...YOU ARE COLLECTING IT! SOUTH CAROLINA.

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#7 posted 01-28-2012 05:22 PM

I just went on ebay to make sure the seller I’ve been bragging about is still there and he is. He now has two models, a small one for 87.00 that sits on top of a 5 gallon bucket and works with a shop vac, and a large one for 199.00, this the one I have and it is worth every penny. I have used it with both 2 & 3 hp blowers and works great with both.
I tried to set up a link but couldn’t get it to work. Just do a search for Cyclone Separator and you will find it.

-- If the old masters had power tools, they would have used them. So get off your damn High Horse.

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WorkTheWood

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#8 posted 01-29-2012 11:12 PM

Thanks for the heads up on the ebay seller… I am going to look into that further.

-- -- Lou Stagner

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