I really need a dust collector

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Blog entry by twoblacklabs posted 10-07-2011 02:30 AM 6259 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have come to a revelation. The shopvac only goes so far. Need a dust collection system.

-- If You Haven't Got the Time to Do It Right, When Will You Find the Time to Do It Over?

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#1 posted 10-07-2011 04:19 AM

I have the HF and it seems to work well. Added a separator and put the motor on a bracket above the separator similar to some of the projects on here and am happy with the setup. working on permanent branches with blast gates, as now I use a section of flex hose and switch to each machine. also need to add a remote switch as the collector is on the other side of the shop.

Great investment, couldn’t recommend it more (not the HF in particular, just dedicated DC). My shop vac is just for spot cleaning now.

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#2 posted 10-07-2011 05:21 AM

I use to use a shop vac too. It got old fast. I purchased the HF dust collector thinking if it doesn’t work I’ll get something better. It still works and works well. The garage just needs a little sweeping at the end of the day. The best part is our garbage collection uses sawdust for composting.

-- Don

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#3 posted 10-07-2011 05:52 AM

The HF dust collector is the plans. However, I have been dumping money into turning the garage into the Work Shop so it will have to wait.

Milling 2x’s for the doors/frames is a messy task. I have dumped the shopvac 3 times today!

-- If You Haven't Got the Time to Do It Right, When Will You Find the Time to Do It Over?

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David Grimes

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#4 posted 10-07-2011 06:53 AM

HF here, too. And I just finished my garage to workshop project this summer. Good luck.

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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#5 posted 10-07-2011 10:34 AM

I also did the shop Vac with the cyclone for a good while. I bought mine from Penn Industries

I have had it over a year now and have emptied the bag over 20 times. Its a great machine and works well.
I have a small shop so I keep mine outside the door. I would have liked the cyclone but didn want to spend 800 on DC. I also looked at Habor Frieghts and just could not do it. Good luck hope this help.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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Joe Lyddon

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#6 posted 10-07-2011 11:42 PM

I got a Ridgid Shop Vac with a Dust Deputy.. (I got mine from Rockler On Sale when they had FREE Shipping… worked out great!). so far, it’s great!
I have to check to be the top is snapped on good before I use it & now & then…

I’d say 99% of the stuff goes into the DD bucket and the Shop Vac is virtually empty going full force ALL OF THE TIME… which is REALLY NICE!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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