Dust Collector vs Vacumn (Inquiry)

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Forum topic by gadawg31 posted 03-16-2015 03:58 PM 698 views 0 times favorited 0 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-16-2015 03:58 PM

Hello everyone,

I was wondering if I could some, suggestions/recommendation, etc…. on my dust collection/vacuum needs. Here are my thoughts: I have seen numerous cyclone dust collectors on this forum and also have read a lot of threads on dust collection, but I am not sure if I need a large vacuum or if the vacuum I have will do the job. My shop is 20’x30’ and I currently have a medium size vacuum, 12gal rigid and seems to work just fine. I do find myself constantly emptying it and cleaning the filter from all the fine saw dust. I also built a return fan, using a 220v squirrel cage out of an old HVAC handler and it draws pretty good. With all that, I still find what I think is a lot of fine dust all over everything. I know I will never be dust free, but I wonder how much more efficient a cyclone and good vacuum will do in my shop. Now, my main question is will I benefit from making a cyclone collector and if so would my current vacuum do the job. I found a picture of a vacuum and cyclone and the vacuum in the pic is the exact same one as mine. I just don’t want to go out and waste money if I don’t have to. If I can get improvement from the cyclone, then I can spend money on other things. With that said, What are your thoughts? One last curve ball; I also thought of buying a bigger vacuum (suggestions welcome on this as well) and also building the cyclone and putting it in the corner of my shop and run my plumbing out to each tool. This was my other idea. Thanks in advance for your ideas.


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