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Forum topic by dave_bug posted 02-29-2012 11:20 PM 771 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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02-29-2012 11:20 PM

Hi, complete noobi to woodworking so sorry if I say some thing dumb or completely miss some thing. I am a Iron worker by trade.
-need a dust collector as small of dust as possible
-I live in New York City, so space is small
-Needs to be able to break down to store -space I have now is 2” deep x 24” long x 17” tall -might be able to shift stuff on shelves around but that is what is open now.
-My “shop” is a second bedroom that houses a computer and exercise equipment

What I need and background.

For right now I just have a 10 inch craftsman band saw that I use to rip down wood blanks to make razor scales and knife handles. I have the band saw on a base I made of plywood and smashed into a closet. I have other hand and cordless power tools that I use out on the side walk when the weather permits. The next power tool I would like looking to the future is a small lathe for making shaving brush handles. Nothing stays out it all has to be able to break down and go on a shelf some where or my wife gets angry. I used her dyson a few times with some duct tape around the hose to make a tight seal around the band saw dust port, she didn’t like that much either.

I would like to spend around $350 willing to increase that number if needed for a smaller or better filter. I have been looking and reading and honestly just about the time I think I know what I am looking at I get even more lost then I already was.

Is this a lost cause or is their some thing out their that will do the job, break down small, wont cost me 2 arms and a leg since my land lord already had dibs on those, and wont leave dust on my wife’s spinning bike?

Many thanks

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#1 posted 02-29-2012 11:58 PM

A good 16 gallon, 5 hp (peak), shop vac would work, but it’s bigger than what you speak of. Usually the smaller vacs don’t have enough power.
The smallest dust collector I can think of is one of those little motor and fan units that hang on a wall with the bag hanging down. Most are 1 hp and have a 5 micron bag. HF, Rockler, Grizzly and others sell these. They are noisy and need a finer micron bag to really capture fugitive dust problems.

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