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Forum topic by wwwanabe posted 02-10-2015 03:33 PM 1026 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-10-2015 03:33 PM

Forgive me if I’m posting get incorrectly…...first time ever
Just getting started again with woodworking for real this time. At one time about 15 years ago, I had a full complement of tools including table saw, router, jointer, planer, spindle sander, etc but had to liquidate when I needed some funds. My wife claimed I never made anything anyway. That was then and this is now. Starting over, literally. Now all I have is an old hand me down 10” bench saw, big box 10” miter, 8” dpress, Dewalt palm sander and 1.25 hp handheld router. Kinda sad once u spell it out. But to the point….the first thing I bought this time, right or wrong, is the dust deputy deluxe but think I may have made a mistake. More and more articles are highlighting the dust dangers and that concerns me greatly. So, I have visions of a couple of runs of 2.5” pipe and a few blast gates around two walls of the garage. Now I think I want the harbor freight DC but not sure how it will work with the dust deputy deluxe or if at all. I don’t think my Lowe’s shop vacuum will pull enough for all that network. Can the 2 horse collector work with the small deputy? I know I can step up/step down with reducers but not sure about the performance. Any dialogue would be appreciated.

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#1 posted 02-10-2015 04:14 PM

Not sure, but if I were getting the HF DC I would use it for the larger tools like table saw. I would also use at least 4” runs for this setup. You can build a Thien baffle that will work well. One thing about the HF unit is the bag is rated 5 micron, that may not be adequate. I would use the DD for the smaller tools such as the palm sander. It does a very good job when hooked up to a shop vac.

-- Bill R

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#2 posted 02-10-2015 04:27 PM

DC’s require larger dusting, that’s just the way they are made. Choking them down causes them to lose air flow. If you want the HF DC, then search on building a Thein separator, and plan on the ducting being a minimum of 4”. Don’t overlook that comment above about the 5 micron bags, using them will make the DC little more than a dust pump recirculating the finest dust particles in your shop.

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#3 posted 02-10-2015 04:49 PM

I use the Dust Deputy Deluxe with the HF dust collector and it works well. As for the HF filter bag, I replaced it with a Wynn filter.

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#4 posted 02-10-2015 05:02 PM

Given the stuff you have wouldn’t a shop vac with a filter bag work better? I don’t use my big dust collector on tools with 2.5” ports as I find it’s a pain to move around and reduction in size doesn’t really let it work well anyways. I have a shop vac that I fitted those replaceable bags in that I use for that purpose moving where I need it. The bags are a bit expensive so that shop vac is pretty much exclusively used for small power tools not vacuuming the floors but it does seem to work well.

Once you get a larger table saw, jointer or especially a planner you will probably want a bigger dust collector and if that’s in your sooner rather than later plan you might want to consider a larger dust collector now.

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#5 posted 02-10-2015 11:06 PM

Thanks everyone that responded. I probably should have added part B. I do plan to add bigger machines such as the hybrid grizzly table saw 0771, shop made router table or KREG table with Bosch 2.25 horse, 12 or 16 ” drill press, grizzly anniversary 14” band saw for starters. So even though I aspire to the bigger collector, I will get started with the shop vacuum and dust deputy and then work my way up over time. Still fun to get started no matter what.

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