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I am looking to get a new dust collector. Currently using a small shop vac. I have a small work shed and use a TS, Planer, BS and Jointer.
I have looked at equipment reviews and not sure if I need a larger vacuum or if I need bag system. Anyone have suggestion?

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#1 posted 647 days ago

I use a 1 HP HF dust collector, (not the one with the universal motor), to catch the stuff from my Table saw, Band saw, planer and miter saw.
All are within 10’ of the collector.
I didn’t want to empty the bag all the time so I routed everything into a big Rubbermaid barrel and set the bag pointing up.
It works great and little or no particles except dust in the bag.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#2 posted 647 days ago

How small is your shed? Do you have room for something like the 2hp dust collector from Harbor Freight? Have you thought of a cyclone or Thien separator to use with your shop vac?


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#3 posted 647 days ago

Get the HF unit, and then add good filter bags. I use the felted bags from Highland Woodworking.


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#4 posted 647 days ago

I just upgraded to the 2HP harbor freight unit. There are coupons in Wood and Woodworker’s Journal to get the price down to $149.99. Some seem to be able to also get the store to apply an additional 15% or 20% coupon, My store was not that corporative.

Alternative, I have the old Penn State dust collector that I plan to list on craigslist.

-- Jesse, Saint Louis, Missouri

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#5 posted 647 days ago

2HP harbor freight is a great value for $139. It is one of Harbor Freight’s gems. $110 for a wynn filter, not necessarily needed, is a good add on. My .02

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#6 posted 647 days ago

Anything less then 2 hp is not worth getting. You need plenty of suction to pull the fine dust into the filters. You also need a 1 micron filter to catch all the fine dust.

-- Owner of custom millwork shop

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#7 posted 646 days ago

I’ll take a different tact with this; though, the cost may be too high.

I recommend the Delta 1.5hp, with a Wynn Environmental HEPA, and an Oneida Super Dust Deputy pre-separator (a Thames Separator is a lower-cost, somewhat less efficient alternative) – all-in about a $750. You can set this in a corner, with a some Home Depot 4” PVC runs, and have an very effective, long-term solution. This will handle Planers, Jointers, and have have plenty of suction for the TS & BS fine dust – very important to catch.

I’m committed to Dust Control as an integral part of woodworking – the dust you don’t see can seriously harm you.


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#8 posted 646 days ago

I’ve heard that the HF dust collector that it’s a nice machine. If you’re in a small shed, that is what I would get.

-- If I can do can you! -AJswoodshop

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#9 posted 646 days ago

In addition to the 2hp HF, I suggest building a 30gal. trashcan chip separator. Something like a Phil Thien design. The Grizzly/Woodstock plastic top chip separator does work well but you have a harder time telling when it needs emptying before it floods into your DC bag.

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#10 posted 646 days ago

I mis-spoke, as HM states, it’s a “Thien” separator.

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#11 posted 627 days ago

Thanks for the help. Just finished putting together the Harbor Freight Collector. Seems to be a great tool.

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