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Blog entry by Dan Corbin posted 697 days ago 909 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hylophobia is the fear of trees, wood, and wooden objects.

So I’ve spent the last while researching dust collection for my workshop, mostly because I don’t want to have to sweep every few minutes. Man, did I open a can of worms!!!

I started looking at the dust deputy, but was concerned that it wouldn’t power a stationary system like I want to install. The big Jet or Delta blowers and bags are expensive and take up too much room. Because I’m an engineer, I like to design my own equipment, so I started looking for plans or guidelines on making my own cyclone separator. I stumbled across Bill Pentz’s website and had to take a step back.

When you start reading all of the horror stories of saw dust, it’s way too easy to develop a mean case of hylophobia! I agree with everything that Bill Pentz says about the dangers of saw dust. But I can’t afford 220V service, $2000, or that much floor space on one of his designs. So should I not attempt to do any woodworking at all???

The answer is ‘no’. There comes a point of diminishing returns, and I think that dust collection straddles that line. If you make dust all day every day in an enclosed space, then you’d be wise to invest in a dust collection system. But if you’re a weekend woodworker like me, working in his garage, you need proper perspective. A $40 dust deputy on a shop vac is probably the right tool for you.

For me, I’m still going to design my own system. I’m going to scale down Bill Pentz’s design for a 4” line, hook it up to a squirrel cage fan, and blow the exhaust outside. I’ve already got a quick-release mechanism designed for my chip collection bucket.

-- ~ Dan, North Carolina, http://www.facebook.com/torahanjyuu/



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Alexandre

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#1 posted 697 days ago

Umm, how about a harbor freight dust collector, with the upgraded wymm filter, and a shop made Thein baffle separator? It seems really cheep altogether…

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whitewulf

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#2 posted 697 days ago

Typical engineer, pollute the neighborhood!.............LOL

-- "ButI'mMuchBetterNow"

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jusfine

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#3 posted 697 days ago

Why reinvent something?

Use the Dust Deputy, buy Festool system, work virtually dust free.

You will enjoy it much more!

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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whitewulf

438 posts in 1533 days


#4 posted 697 days ago

Dan,

Where are you, I have two extra T/S’s! One needs a little work, FREE
the other has all the bells & whistles, Will have be disassembled to remove from my shop, kinfolk deal on it!

-- "ButI'mMuchBetterNow"

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Bertha

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#5 posted 697 days ago

I feel your pain. As expensive as it sounds, I think I’d go Jusfine’s route if I had it to do over again. If you consider your worst tool offenders, the Festool extractor will grab most of it. Alexandre’s offering could serve the tablesaw. I’m not a Festool groupie, but their extractor is far beyond any ShopVac. The middle one isn’t as ridiculously expensive as their fixtures (tables, etc.).
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I’ve given up on trying to collect off my vintage RAS and bandsaw. I guess it depends upon the type of work you do and the tools you like. In any event, good luck!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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Dan Corbin

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#6 posted 696 days ago

Thanks for all the comments, all! In response to the DC from Harbor Freight, they take up just as much room as a Jet or Delta DC. The Festool DC is out of my budget, although a really nifty design. And why reinvent something? Because it’s what I do at work every day, and I just enjoy pointing to something and calling it mine, from design to fruition. :)

-- ~ Dan, North Carolina, http://www.facebook.com/torahanjyuu/

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whitewulf

438 posts in 1533 days


#7 posted 695 days ago

Doesent hurt to save a few bucks either!

-- "ButI'mMuchBetterNow"

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