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Forum topic by WoodCop posted 04-07-2012 05:23 PM 2038 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-07-2012 05:23 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question resource tablesaw drill press bandsaw

This question is probably as old as me, but here I go!

I am outfitting my garage, which is 12’x17’, with the following:

1.) New cabinet saw, something around $1k-$1,500, 3hp, 220v 10” w/ a riving knife. Looking at either Grizzly, Steel City, Laguna or Jet (I know the last two are a little more).

2.) Dust Collection, something around $400-$500.

I already own Jet 6” jointer and a Delta 13” planer. The cabinet saw and dust collection are two items I would like to purchase at the same time, making my total budget for both between $2,000-$2,500.

My garage is now gutted and having a new concrete floor poured next week so I am starting this from scratch. I am also having a 100amp sub-panel put in with the appropriate outlets.

So now the age old question, WHAT WOULD YOU SUGGEST I put in my woodshop? This question is harder than buying a new car!!!

Thanks all – Mike

Edit: In addition, I will be adding the following sometime next year: a 14” bandsaw and a 15” stationary drill press. Thinking Rikon for BS and not sure about the DP. Any suggestions?

-- “Things may come to those who wait...but only the things left by those who hustle.”

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#1 posted 04-07-2012 05:53 PM

Grizzly 691 and HF dust collection unit, with money to spare

-- Crashn - the only thing I make more of than sawdust is mistakes

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#2 posted 04-07-2012 06:03 PM

Grizz and HF with good bags. Nuff said?


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#3 posted 04-07-2012 06:10 PM

I would go with a oneida cyclone system more powerfull and quiter worth the extra cost

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#4 posted 04-07-2012 06:12 PM

Check out Shop Fox too. They have some nice TS packages. Right now they are running deals with a sliding table attatchment.

HF 2 HP dust collector is a good deal

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

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#5 posted 04-07-2012 07:32 PM

What brand is HF?

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#6 posted 04-07-2012 07:39 PM

Harbor Freight, believe it or not the HF 2 H.P. dust collect is pretty darn good.

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

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#7 posted 04-07-2012 11:19 PM

I have the G0690 and love it, plus I have their cannister dust collector and it seems to work pretty well.

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#8 posted 04-10-2012 10:44 PM

I agree on the HF dust collector. Then, upgrade the bag to a cartridge filter from Wynn Enviromental, (they run around $160). You’ll have a DC system runs just as well (or better) than the pricier name-brand stuff.

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#9 posted 04-10-2012 11:22 PM

Yes to HF dust collector. I have the 2 hp with the cartridge filter from wynn environmental and built a thien separator. It works fantastic i have it piped in to my tablesaw, bandsaw, router table, drum sander, as well as the jointer/planer. It works great! Probably better with this setup than much more expensive models.

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#10 posted 04-11-2012 01:47 PM

Are you asking just about dust collectors or ALL of the shop equipment? If you are asking us about it all its a very hard question to answer accurately. It all depends on what you intend to build. The machines will vary depending on whether you will be building cabinets vs. hardwood furniture. If, you are after cabinets then a good saw with 1.5-2hp with a large outfeed surface would be sufficient. On the other hand if you are going to be cutting 8/4 and 12/4 hardwood then 3hp would be the minimum I would consider. Also with the hardwoods you will not need the larger rip capacity as sheet goods are not used in furniture.
Now for DC. I picked up a 1.5hp Delta collector a few years ago and it more than enough capacity to run 2 machines at one time. But, being that I am the only one in the shop it kinds hard for me to run 2 machines together. Its all that being in 2 places at the same time thing, still havent figured out how to do that. I have heard good things about the HF system but have not used it. You might also consider either buying or getting a copy at the library, “Woodshop Dust Collection” by Sandor N. It is a good read and gives a lot info.

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