|Forum topic by Sanderguy777||posted 02-25-2015 10:03 AM||1203 views||0 times favorited||15 replies|
02-25-2015 10:03 AM
I have a nice 20×40 shop in our basement. We moved and the people had this nice shop all setup, minus the dust collection. I have allergies to dust, of all the hobbies in the world I WOULD pick the dustiest one in the world. I like woodworking, my parents tell me that when I was a kid I would bypass the toy store and go to the tool store.
Anyway, there is a shopvac brand vacuum but it’s old and noisy, so I want one that is quiet and maybe small ( I have plenty of room if I toss some trash that needed to be in the trash LONG ago. )
In the middle of the room, where all of my workbenches are, I have a table saw and a chop saw, and that’s also where I use all my other tools like the Dremel, and carving tools. There are workbenches that the other owners put there that I don’t use because they are rotten and the work surface is (was) 1/2” plywood that is mostly termite droppings and epoxy now. On the sides I have a HF 1×30 belt sander that I LOVE and a scroll saw that broke. If it would work, I want to put the vac either on the ceiling, out of the way, or on the wall with the hose over the chop saw and table saw.
I really want the system with an extra room that the dust collector sits in and the pipe is attached to the wall with outlets every foot, but I can’t afford that.
What I’m looking for is a good quality, quiet shopvac, that I can use without ear protection, and that is not over $50. I also want it to be able to use some kind of dust collector attachments, if that’s even possible for the ones I’m looking at.
I know, that’s the holy grail of vacuums, but that’s what I want and I can only afford what I can afford. The reason I need it to be without ear plugs is 1( the ceiling is about 8’ above the floor (noisier in a confined space) and 2( there are going to be other people living right beside the wall of the shop. I can’t buy it for a while, but when I do I don’t want to have to upgrade or buy a replacement for at least 5 years. (Again, me and the holy grail, but I can dream, can’t I ? ) If I got one, I will use it for everything, including the cars, cleaning the shop, and even cleaning the house probably. I think that if it was about the same noise level as a normal house vacuum, I could live with it. (maybe that’s normal, I don’t know. I can honestly say, I’ve never heard a modern shopvac in all my 18 years of life. I’ve “inherited” two old ones, though.)
Anyway, thanks. I just want a good one that will last pretty well and, frankly, i can survive with anything as long as it’s quiet and it MUST have good suction and be able to be used for DC ( good filter or at least I could buy aftermarket filters for it. )
If you have a suggestion for a home made one, I’ll try it. One other thing is we live in the South Pacific so I have to be careful because of mold and other hot and humid side-effects.
Thanks and I’m sorry for causing you jealousy over “paradise”, but if you had been here last week, I would go into the shop and sit and carve about ten minutes, when I got back upstairs, I was soaked. I mean SOAKED. We had one day where the real feel, with the humidity, was 118 degrees Fahrenheit!!! Anyway, thanks for your patience with the most far reaching question on earth.