DeWalt 10 gallon dust extractor

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Forum topic by 72hw posted 12-06-2012 02:26 AM 1254 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-06-2012 02:26 AM

Topic tags/keywords: dust collection shop vac question

So, I did a search for this particular item that Rockler has on sale at 50% off right now and turned up very little. I have a very small shop that is not used on a daily basis and would like something I can use for something other than dust collection. (Think vacuum the car, etc.)

I understand a shop vac is no substitute for a real DC system, but my money will go further with something like this.

Have a look and offer thoughts?

Right now I have a router table, job site TS, compound miter saw and a scroll saw that could benefit from dust collection. I plan to make a down draft table soon too and maybe get a small jointer in the nearish future.

Again, I know this is not a true DC system but I also wonder if it is worth it, seems to me something put on offer for more than half off might have draw backs.

Your time is appreciated,


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#1 posted 12-06-2012 03:43 AM

There are other vacuums that offer more cfm for less $,
This one says .3 micron filter. Other offer HEPA filters but do not give particle size.
CFMs move material, velocity move ultra fine particles.

-- Sawdust and shavings are therapeutic

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#2 posted 12-06-2012 06:39 AM

That’s a dust extractor, not a shop vac.

A dust extractor is designed for hooking up to orbital
sanders and things like that, not to machinery.

A regular shop vac with a 2.5” hose is what you

I have a Porter Cable version of that Dewalt. It’s
better at collecting and filtering fine dust than it
is at sucking up chips and shavings.

I also have a Kobalt (Lowes) “wall vac”. Totally
recommended for both clean up and portable tool
dust extraction, but you’d still want a 2.5” hose
for some applications like with a planer.

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#3 posted 12-06-2012 01:04 PM

One thing you need to consider about that vac is that the replacement filters (at this point) are OEM only, and they are $100. Some of the other can use the Gore Cleanstream which is about $30. Also, the vac is only part of a DC system, and it is not a substitute for a DC.

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#4 posted 12-06-2012 02:47 PM

Excellent points indeed!

Loren – I am very thankful to you for pointing out this difference. In the age of commercial double speak and polished marketing ploys it never occurred to me that there was a difference, but now that I am aware, it seems very obvious.

And yes, I hope to one day get a proper DC system but for now I will go the shop vac route and try to not over tax my feeble 20amp circuit in my single car garage.

Again, thanks to you all – another example of why this place is so great!

-- “Weird heroes and mould-breaking champions exist as living proof to those who need it that the tyranny of 'the rat race' is not yet final.” ― Hunter S. Thompson

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