I am new to lumberjocks. I have been sitting on the sidelines watching for awhile and decided that it was time to jump into the mix. I have had a lot of fun looking at the amazing projects you all put together, and have really appreciated the knowledge you share on this site as I have spent a lot of time on lumberjocks.com simply learning. As you can probably already tell I am new to woodworking. I have really only completed one project – a train table for my son that I will post soon. My tools consist of a TS, Router, ROS, and miter saw – all except the ms were very recently acquired. I have recently been trying to gather info recommendations on what to purchase for dust collection. My options at this point would be something like the Jet DC-1100CK http://www.cpojettools.com/products/708636ck.html
or a shop-vac.
I have had some lung problems in the past, and already have a respirator (AO quicklatch pro) to hopefully capture some of the finer dust. My shop is in the garage and we still park our cars in there so i do value mobility and convenience but most of all I want to ensure my health. I wish I could get in the shop more but it has been pretty consistent at 5-10 hours per week. Also, I would like to be able to hook up my router, ros, and miter saw to the dust collection.
My initial thoughts are that the shop-vac would have onboard storage, be smaller, more versatile (i.e. pickup a variety of things and do a variety of tasks), and that I could always upgrade to a dust collector like the Jet if I got more tools or my shop size grew. I suppose there would always be a need for the shop-vac, however given my past lung issues I want to make sure that I get good protection. Would you recommend the Jet or the Shop-vac? And if you have any other recommendations regarding dust collection I would welcome those too. Thanks everybody!
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