Would this be a good dust collector set up?

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Forum topic by Bsigns posted 08-25-2012 05:12 AM 1941 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-25-2012 05:12 AM


Need a good dust collector system would this combo work well.
and add this 2-Stage-Cyclone-Separator on.

This would cost less and seems like it would be more power full at 2hp and 1700 CFM

VS buying the

774 cfm system

What do you think??


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#1 posted 08-25-2012 05:34 AM

I just saw a 2HP grizzly dust collector sell on CL last month for $125 (asking price), sans the separator. Don’t know if it was the same model but it looked brand new and came with extra bags. There are a few other dust collectors listed right now in my area, including a shop fox for $175 and a Penn State Ind. 2HP collector with HD remote switching system for $150, both listed as being in excellent condition with little use. I’m sure the ones you are looking at would be more than adequate, but if it were me, I’d buy a gently used one and save the cash for other stuff :)


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#2 posted 08-25-2012 01:02 PM

Such a collector would serve you well, but I would skip the trash can separator. To get the most air movement from the DC, you’ll want to run 6” lines to everything possible….that separator limits you to 4”. So building your own Thein separator, and setting it up with 6” inlets/outlets would serve you much better (IMHO).

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#3 posted 08-25-2012 03:43 PM

with regards to DC I think that is the most important aspect to your shop since it directly relates to reducing dust you have to breathe into your lungs. My idea is to buy as much DC as your budget would allow for this current time. Study thoroughly and attempt to upgrade to the specs he lays out on his page down the road as your budget increases.

That is what I have done. I bought a DC that I could afford, a small DC is better then none, then as the opportunity presented itself I was able to upgrade to a 5 hp cyclone with Leeson motor. But for the past 3 years I made do with a Grizzly 2 hp similar to the one you listed.

Fred makes a good point with trying to use 6” duct. I would definitely want to use a separator in order to avoid having wood chunks making to the dust collector.

I am not sure about the 1 1/2 hp cyclone. I have no experience with that unit but I would think the motor is undersized.

My best advice would be to read site and utilize his information as much as possible.

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#4 posted 08-27-2012 02:47 AM

skip the cyclone you mentioned. get the 1200cfm grizz and add a thein baffle or a proxy for a jet type cone and the performance of your DC will improve dramatically. an old frying pan and a piece of metal will seve as a good proxy for a baffle and deacrease the amount of material sent to the filter:

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