|Forum topic by nerdbot||posted 03-05-2015 09:03 AM||1091 views||0 times favorited||13 replies|
03-05-2015 09:03 AM
I’ve acquired enough power tools now that pulling around my shopvac/dust deputy cart and moving the hose every time I switch tools is becoming tiresome (when I remember to move the hose, that is). It’s now to the point where I want to get more serious about centralizing my dust collection setup.
When I started my slow process to upgrade and organize my garage a couple years ago, I created a SketchUp model of my garage to help me visualize the things I was adding. So here’s what I was thinking for my dust collection setup:
Items labeled in the diagram:
I currently have a drill press, table saw, miter saw, and lunchbox planer all on mobile cabinets I made. I also would like to hook up my sanders (ROS and disc/belt sander combo). I never use more than one tool at a time. Also, I don’t necessarily need one blast gate per tool – swapping tools on a blast gate seems less of a hassle then constantly pulling the vacuum around. So, the numbered circles are where I’m thinking of putting dust ports:
Because I built out my garage shop as my needs arose over, I didn’t take in to account dust collection layout when I put in my fluorescent lights or my pullup bar… So everything in the picture except the light/bright blue dust collection pipes are already in place and can’t really be moved. I outlined my primary work area with the dotted red line though on rare occasions I venture out further into the car bay on the far left.
According to the measurements in sketchup, I’m looking at approximately 30 feet from the dust collector to station 1’s blast gate, my drill press. Then about 25-30 feet to station 5 and 6’s blast gates, which would be on the ceiling and doesn’t take into account the length of hose to attach to the tools.
I was leaning towards clear PVC pipes for my main runs along the ceiling and wall, but it looks like they only come, at reasonably affordable prices, in 2.5” diameter and I wasn’t sure what diameter would be best suited to the motor of my shopvac. I currently have a Craftsman XSP 12006 shopvac on a cart with my Dust Deputy and an iVac switch. I purchased the 12006 about a year ago after seeing the comparison article in Wood magazine, but I couldn’t find the CFM rating.
I’m comfortable running either 2.5” or 4” diameter pipe, but I don’t think I have the ceiling clearance or space to run anything larger than that. If I went with 4” diamater pipe, I’d still prefer clear hose so I’d get the kind with smooth inner walls for better performance. I made sure to avoid any 90 degree turns – though I see the first turn I drew in sketchup is a 90 degree (from my drill press to the ceiling).
I don’t plan on moving the vacuum itself very often. To clean up the shop, I may get one of those Rockler expanding vacuum hoses, or just sweep the dust to a nearby port and vacuum from there. So, while I’d prefer to stick with my shopvac for a little bit longer, I’m not opposed to switching it out for an inexpensive (i.e., Harbor Freight) dust collector that I can mount to the wall.
To start I’ll use manual blast gates, but eventually will consider automatic ones or attempt some of the DIY arduino based solutions I’ve seen.
Any comments or advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!