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Forum topic by bobtoby posted 01-13-2014 04:13 PM 2420 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-13-2014 04:13 PM

I am looking for a little advice. I have created a shop in my basement which isn’t very big due to it being a townhouse. I am ready to purchase a dust collection system (actually I received one from my wife for Christmas) which was a portable Dayton 3AA30 from Grainger that I didn’t feel was what I needed so she returned. I started looking around and came across the Jet DC-650BK on Amazon and then found some reviews that made me rethink this unit. What would be a good purchase for me in the $300 – $400 range? I will hook up multiple tools…table saw, router table, miter saw, sander, etc but only use one at a time.

Thank you,


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#1 posted 01-13-2014 04:22 PM

Check out the Harbor Frieght 2 HP dust collector. Many people use them here on this site and like them. It should have ample power for your tools. Get a separator of some sort and I think you will be golden

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#2 posted 01-13-2014 04:39 PM

+1 for the Harbor Freight DC. Would recommend upgrading the filter bag to a finer filter. Lots of guys on here use cartridge filters, but I would recommend American Fabric Filter (800) 367-3591. They make 1 micron filter bags to fit your application and would be cheaper than a cartridge filter and much easier to clean.

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#3 posted 01-13-2014 05:03 PM

Before you buy any dust collection, I suggest you read Bill Pentz’s site. Dust smaller that .5 micron would
seem to cause the most problems in humans and he explains this better than I can.

-- As ever, Gus-the 77 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#4 posted 01-13-2014 05:49 PM

This is the dust collector that I am saving up for. IMHO, better specs than the Harbor Freight, and less expensive than a comparable Jet.

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#5 posted 01-13-2014 06:02 PM

Best bang for the buck has to be the HF DC + Wynn Filter (don’t just use the crappy bag that comes with it). You’d be out the door for somewhere in the neighborhood of $300-$350. Definitely a much better deal than the Jet you mentioned.

Another popular dust collector “roughly” in that price range is the Delta 50-760 (it’s got a much better motor/impeller than the HF). It also easily accepts a Wynn filter and the design allows you to add a pre-separator before the intake and not have it take up any additional footprint. On the HF, you’d have to do some more modding to accomplish that. The reason I say “roughly” though, is because when I first looked at this unit, it was in the $350-$400 range, making the price with a filter just north of $500. Unfortunately, the dust collector itself doesn’t seem to be available for less than $499 now.

I would also suggest checking out what’s available on Craigslist. Before I upgraded my setup, I sold a Jet DC1100 with a 1 micron canister filter for $250 (actually picked it up for $275).

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#6 posted 01-13-2014 06:12 PM

As is mentioned above, the best bang for the buck is the Harbor Freight 2HP dust collector fitted with a Wynn filter. Use a separator like a Thien separator in the inlet ring of the DC to keep the filter from clogging up.

Watch the sale flyers from Harbor Freight, The DC goes on sale for about $130.00 frequently…
Call Wynn Environmental, their web site remains pitiful, but when I bought my filter, it was about $160.00 shipped… That was for the Spun Bond media…

Best designed single stage dust collector? Delta 50-760. Easily fits the Wynn cartridge. MUCH better impeller / motor than the HF, no ribbed hose between impeller and separator ring etc… Very efficient design. Not horridly priced..

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#7 posted 01-13-2014 06:53 PM

I have the HF and reconfigured it to eliminate the hose from the impeller housing and the filter/bag assembly. I then built a Thien baffle and added Wynn filter. Works great!

-- Todd, Huntsville, AL

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#8 posted 01-13-2014 07:44 PM

+1 on craigslist. I picked up a dual bagger powermatic 3hp for 400. If you do buy a used one though, go for a quality brand. That way you’re almost guaranteed the motor isn’t gonna quit on you. But you’ll definitely get more bang for your buck on cl

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#9 posted 01-13-2014 07:50 PM

1hp dust collector
30 gallon trash can
cyclone lid
some hose
1 micron bag from PSI

Everything I have that requires 4” dust collection is right in the same “square”. I prefer a shop vac for sanders (including the spindle sander) drill press, and router table.


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#10 posted 01-14-2014 02:34 AM

I have been very happy with my 1 HP Grizzly DC with the canister filter. I did build a chip separator as my planer fills the bag quickly!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#11 posted 01-15-2014 03:38 AM

I really appreciate all the input and see this is the place to get good answers. You guys are great. I have taken up furniture building in the last year or so and am just starting to accumulate tools (and dust as my previous post implies). I read Bill Pentz’s articles and he really has put a lot in to this…kudos to him for all his efforts and the willingness to share all that info. I am thinking I am going to go with the Delta 50 760 or the HF unit and get a cyclone like Bill designed. I guess I would get the most bang for my buck going with the HF and with the money saved I could by the nice cyclone.

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