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Forum topic by jtm posted 12-17-2013 07:09 AM 3275 views 0 times favorited 14 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-17-2013 07:09 AM

Hey all,

I’m in the market for a dust collector for my home shop. Ideally, I’d like to run dedicated duct lines to all my tools (table saw, miter saw, planer, jointer, router).

I originally considered the HF model, but I’m not sure that would meet my needs. Moreover, in addition to the $150 for the dust collector itself, it is my understanding that you need to spend another $175 for a Wynn filter to get optimum performance. Plus it has a smaller plastic impeller instead of a larger steel one. So we’re at $325 minimum for that unit as a whole.

For comparison, Grizzly makes a 2HP G0548ZP dust collector that already has a canister filter comparable to the HF unit. It also has a much better impeller, along with a more powerful 220v motor. I would imagine this would be much better at pulling dust through a duct system. And I can get this for $450 shipped.

My question is whether or not it is worth it to upgrade to the Grizzly. Also, I wouldn’t object to other suggestions as well. I know Jet makes a 2HP unit (DC-1200VX-CK1) similar to the Grizzly, but that is a lot more money ($750) for what looks to be the same exact thing. And to be perfectly honest, I think Jet is grossly overpriced on a lot of their tools. So is there any other option I might not be thinking of?

I’m not a fan of the used route, especially since most of the CL ads around here belong in the “Craigslist posters have gone nuts” thread. There is no way I would pay $100 less for a “used once” item that looks like it has been to hell and back.

Thanks in advance

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#1 posted 12-17-2013 10:30 AM

Have you considered the Penn Industries dust collector? It has consistently won various tool tests. I bought mine two years ago and haven’t had an issue with it.

About ½ the price of the Grizzly unit as well.

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#2 posted 12-17-2013 12:54 PM

I ran a Penn State DC250 (replaced by the DC2000) for several years and was quite happy with it. That said, there is a reason for the price difference between the 2000 and the Grizzly. The impeller (as you mentioned) is an upgrade and larger as is the filter. I think the 2 are worth the extra cost, but that’s me. You have to make the value judgement.

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#3 posted 12-17-2013 01:58 PM

I’m in the process of revamping my dust collection and have the 2HP HF with the nano Wynn filter connected to a Super Dust Deputy cyclone. I just took delivery of the Grizzly 2HP canister unit from Amazon Warehouse (scratch & dent). The unit was banged up pretty good and was a real PIA to get together but finally got it working. I was very impressed with its performance and would recommend it as an upgrade to my HF system. The 12” vs. 10” impeller really does make a difference in sucking power. As a bonus, since this unit was so beat up, Amazon is sending me a brand new unit without having to pay extra. I’m just out the time to break down the existing unit and assembling the new unit. This unit will have a trash can separator on the front end.

My basement shop is vertically challenged so the 3 & 5hp real cyclones were not an option for me, so I went with 2 separate systems (1 at each end of the shop in order to keep the 4” runs as short as possible) and I’ll hook up to each machine as needed. I have separate rooms at each end of the shop so I’m a little lucky in that I can close the doors of these rooms to cut down on the noise pretty good.

HF unit will take care of lathe, 1st bandsaw, drill press and spindle sander. Grizzly unit will take care of table saw, 2nd bandsaw, jointer, planer, drum sander and router table. After I get this new Grizzly put together, I probably switch their positions to see which way I think I’m getting better performance. For me, it’s the lathe that’s the most important tool to get the best fine dust collection on since it’s the tool I’m beginning to use the most.

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#4 posted 12-18-2013 06:37 AM


About the Penn State…

It looks very similar to the Grizzly. But it has the same problem as the HF – no canister. So the Wynn filter brings the price right on par with the Grizzly.

PS also has a canister model, but it’s actually MORE expensive than the Grizzly.

It’s looking more and more like the Grizzly may be the perfect solution to all of my problems.

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#5 posted 12-18-2013 06:41 AM

Also, shipping isn’t cheap for the PS dust collector.

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#6 posted 12-18-2013 10:12 AM

jtm: I should have looked closer at the Grizzly. You’re right though. I was curious about shipping after reading your post and so I looked at the Penn State site again and tried to add a unit to my cart to see what shipping would be… the website just said you’ll be contacted about freight. That’s never a good sign. Grizzly ships so much stuff the carriers give them substantial breaks on shipping.

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#7 posted 12-18-2013 01:43 PM

A little bit different perspective in comparing dust collectors. My situation was a little different in that I already have two dust collectors, 1.5hp Jet 1100 and 3hp Jet 1900. Both of these collectors had the stock bags which I knew were not very effective. When I bought my drum sander I looked at options to improve the micron rating of my collectors as well as looking at new collectors. My evaluation lead me to choosing Wynn filters for both. The reason was the Wynn filters offered the lowest micron rating of 0.5. I think the Jet canister filter was the highest with a 2 micron rating and most all others being 1 micron. There was also a competition with various canisters by Fine Woodworking where the Wynn filter took the longest to clog, quite a bit longer as I remember. I took into consideration the filter area, but don’t remember if I only compared to bag type.
I mention the above as this is just one factor in choosing a dust collector. You need to look at the CFM, hp, what size hose etc. I can tell you there is a world of difference between my 1100 and 1900. Since I had collectors I didn’t need to do any of that. I bought the 1100 new several years ago for around $350, however I found the 1900 on CL for $300 and I have had it for about 4 years with no problems.
If I wasn’t running a drum sander a 1 micron canister might be a consideration, but then I would most likely go for the better micron rating.

-- Bill R

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#8 posted 12-18-2013 02:48 PM

No insults intended, however, myself included, we single DC “bottom feeders” in personal shops will debate the best cheapest DC solution for all eternity.

The Grizzly referenced above costs +38% more than the HF/Wynn model. Yes the Grizzly performs better, but 38% better? Few, if any of us, have the means to measure this performance and to actually have BOTH in possession for a direct comparison.

That said, the financial cost of a low-cost DC comes to the forefront. There the HF wins hands down over the Grizzly. The fuzzy shipping rates with Penn State Industries takes it out of the running IMO. Just my 2-cents…

OH, both will need a Thien separator, or equivalent. And the money saved by going with the HF/Wynn combo,will pay for adding a Thien separator AND your ducting. ;-)

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

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#9 posted 12-18-2013 04:52 PM

The HF does NOT have a plastic impeller. Mine is metal and I have had no problems out of it. I did add the Wynn filter (35A274BLOL) for $115. This is the recommended filter for non-commercial use by Wynn.

It is a fine DC and provides more than sufficient collection capability for my ts, jointer, and planer. I do not have ducting in my shop so I don’t have to worry about frictional loss there, I just have a DustRight quick-release and move the hose around to my different tools.

-- Todd, Huntsville, AL

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#10 posted 12-19-2013 03:21 AM


You are correct. My mistake.

Does it provide enough suction for a duct system?

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#11 posted 12-19-2013 03:25 AM

Ok peoples,

I have the Grizzly in my cart.

If I’m making a bad decision, speak now or forever hold your peace. (and by “now”, I mean in the next 1:40 – I want to order it from Amazon and have it get here by Christmas).

It is a gift from Pops for making his staircase, so the price isn’t too much of a concern. I guess what I really wanted to know in this thread is whether or not there was any better option in the sub-$500 price range.


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#12 posted 12-19-2013 04:38 AM

just ordered it

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#13 posted 12-19-2013 05:06 AM

Congrats on your purchase that unit looks quite nice. Get yourself a roll of blue masking tap so you can tape the plastic bag on while you wrestle those infernal clamp bands.

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#14 posted 12-19-2013 05:44 AM

I have that DC and it works awesome right out of the crate pair it with the remote and it gets even better.

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