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Forum topic by 60Grit posted 03-29-2009 11:28 PM 2748 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-29-2009 11:28 PM

I recently purchased a used 13” Jet planer and am in the market for a dust collector for it. I am looking into the rockler wall mount dust collector, which pulls 650 cfm. I recently moved to Charleston, SC and do not have a shop, so when i use the planer i will just wheel it outside since the GF wont let me use it inside : p …..

My question are:

How do i determine what is adequate for collecting dust from my planer and are there any good sites that will explain the concepts of dust collection?

Anyone have any suggestions on a dust collector that is small and portable like the rockler, wall mounted dust collector?

Any reviews on the rockler, wall mounted, dust collector?

Thanks all

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#1 posted 03-30-2009 12:00 AM

Be wary of manufactures stated CFM, it’s usually overrated by the manufacturers. Like at 0” static pressure which equates to no load. Once you connect pipe and tubing and what not, which you have to do to connect it of course, that adds resistance and the static pressure starts to increase. As static pressure increases CFM decreases.

As an example American Woodworker tested them a while back and a Delta 3HP pulled 1200 CFM at 0” static pressure but only about 550 CFM at 6” static pressure.

Flexible hose is the worst, lots of resistance as opposed to pipe, keep that in mind too.

Rockler sells two books on the subject I bought one when I was first starting out and magazines have done reviews so you might want to check their indexes for articles. If I recall correctly the book had a table that listed various machines and recommended CFM requirements. If I get a chance I’ll look it up but that should be fairly easy information to find on the web.

I’d be suspect on that little Rockler pulling 650 CFM. It all comes down to impeller design/size and horsepower. My 1-1/2HP Oneida Cyclone is only rated at 900 CFM with a 6” inlet and a lot bigger impeller. The best way to tell what the Rockler or any of them will do is get a graph of static pressure verses CFM, the reputable manufacturers will be more then happy to provide one, beware of those that can’t or won’t.

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#2 posted 03-30-2009 12:21 AM

The motor is only rated at 3/4 hp and the impellor is small. The bag acts as both the fine dust filter and the chip collector. The bag is only rated at 30 microns. Fine dust will pass through the bag. If you purchase this DC buy the 5 micron bag as an upgrade. Years ago, I had the Delta version of this DC and it worked ok for big chips (planer, jointer, tablesaw). Fine dust passes through the bag. If you are a limited budget or only have 110 V available, you might consider the Delta 1 HP or the 1 hp Penn State DC. Try to get a 1 micron bag or better yet a 1 micron canister.

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#3 posted 03-30-2009 12:38 AM

I have a delta dust collector, but until I got my new Delta planer hooked up I just connected it to my craftsman shop vac. It did the job very nicely. So, if you don’t have a shop and are looking to collect chips from a planer you might consider something like that. Not very expensive. If you plan on other tools well, that’s another story.

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#4 posted 03-30-2009 02:00 AM

60 grit, I recently bought a Clearvue mini cyclone. $120+$15 shipping. It is not powered. You hook it up to a shopvac. Go to their website, and watch the video on how it works. It is one of the very few items I have bought in my 66 years that works as well as advertised. I use it on my jointer, planer, table saw, and bandsaw. 99% is collected in the cyclone drum, not your shopvac filter. Does it collect 100% of all the sawdust produced? The answer is no. Anyone who claims another product does is blowing smoke your way.

-- "non illegitimis carborundum"

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#5 posted 03-30-2009 02:14 AM

Thank you for all your replies. I think what i need to do is get some literature to elaborate on this topic.

How reputable is this company?

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#6 posted 03-30-2009 05:32 AM

They are located in NE Philadelphia about 30 minutes drive from where I live. I have purchased a dust collector and a router table (from MLCS sister company) in the past. I have found them to be decent and reputable. Price is pretty good and the guys that work in their store do have woodworking experience. I have not dealt with their mail order people and cannot comment.

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#7 posted 03-30-2009 05:44 AM

I have the jet 15 inch planer and the jet 1.5 hp dust collector. I find that for fir and most hard woods the 1.5 does a good job. I ran some siberian pine the other day and the shavings looked like noodles. It had a hard time keeping up. Also, it depends how often you want to stop and empty the bag.

-- Life is to short to own an ugly boat.

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#8 posted 08-18-2010 03:28 PM

I have a Rockler Wall Mounted Dust Collector in my shop. It works fine on my table saw, band saw, router table, and spindle sander. No problems with any of these, but as soon as I hooked it up to my jointer and planer it immediately plugged at the blower inlet. The inlet has a “gun sight” support grid just inside the opening that collects the wood shaving and plugs. The only way to clear is to remove the hose. I am thinking about cutting the gun sight support out, but worry about the integrity of the inlet. Other than these two machines, it does the job.

-- Time is a patient predator.

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