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Forum topic by wee3 posted 03-10-2012 03:53 AM 1170 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-10-2012 03:53 AM

Feedback for poormans shop dust collection? Need something other than my big shopvac,to hookup to mitersaw,bench sander,hand sanders,router,r.table,etc.small,not to noisy,thats effective.i guess my 3 choices would be /shopvac 5gal.,fein 6/9gal.,@portercable 10/12gal. Any ideas on this will be helpful,thank you

-- BiLL @wee3

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#1 posted 03-10-2012 03:58 AM

Wee3 I have tried 3 different vac systems And I wound up using a big stainless steel shop vac from Lowes, it is their biggest & most expensive one I think it was about $165.00, I use it with a vortex top on a 5 gal bucket, it works better than my brand new 1 HP dust collection system

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#2 posted 03-10-2012 04:04 AM

Check this out.

Many of these have been built and used with shop vacs.
I have a Ridgid 1450 and it is a good solid shop vac, and not expensive.

-- Christian, Husband, Grandpa, Salesman, amateur Woodworker.

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#3 posted 03-10-2012 04:05 AM

The stnls steel models are almost always far superior to the plastic unit. I think they seal better.

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#4 posted 03-10-2012 04:07 AM

I used a Ridgid shop vac as my dust collection for a long time and wish I had moved to a real dust collector sooner. There were three issues with the shop vac. First, it just didn’t move enough air to capture much of the dust from my table saw and some other tools. Second, it just couldn’t keep up with the shavings from my jointer planer. These two problems meant that there was a lot of mess that I had to clean up later making my post-working clean up take about an hour. The third problem was that the filters just clogged up too fast (particularly while sanding).

You can find lots of posts here from guys who have gotten the Harbor Freight 2HP dust collector for not much more than you’ll pay for a good shop vac (and less than a Fein). You might want to consider that.

-- Greg, Severn MD

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#5 posted 03-10-2012 04:11 AM

TOTALLY agree with Greg.

I was using my “6.5HP” ShopVac for my band saw, RAS, and CMS for a long time.

Couple days ago, I took the 20% off coupon, and bought my SECOND Harbor Freight 2HP dust collector. The difference … is pretty much unbelievable, and I haven’t yet changed the port on my RAS dust shroud from 2-1/4” to 4”.

Considering the price IS close … I’d say … if you can swing it … the HF DC is a much better option.

-- -- Neil

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