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Blog entry by Dan Corbin posted 08-25-2012 12:32 AM 1310 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,

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#1 posted 08-25-2012 12:35 AM

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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#2 posted 08-25-2012 02:14 AM

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

-- "ButI'mMuchBetterNow"

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#3 posted 08-25-2012 05:04 PM

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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#4 posted 08-25-2012 07:18 PM


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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#5 posted 08-25-2012 09:02 PM

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.).
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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#6 posted 08-26-2012 04:29 AM

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,

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#7 posted 08-27-2012 08:11 PM

Doesent hurt to save a few bucks either!

-- "ButI'mMuchBetterNow"

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