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post #31 of 38 (permalink) Old 04-13-2018, 09:20 PM
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And the winner is Harbor Freight................Go Harbor Freight!!!!...................Second place goes to Dust Deputy.....Third Place goes to Push Broom.........

I like James's method, working out side, but the rain here is the problem.

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It has been a slow process getting my ductwork in place, what with my knee surgery and all, but I finally got enough done to give it a trial run by sucking my table saw and jointer clean. =)
Happy to report the super dust deputy worked great ... very little dust made it to the filter bag. The Harbor Freight dust collector, while by no means super quiet, is much quieter than my shop vac and pretty much on par with my Delta that I have in my basement shop. I added a quick connect fitting at the jointer so that I can easily pull it off and use it with the planer or whatever other tools I want to wheel over there. Still need to connect my overhead run to the bandsaw and shaper on the opposite wall. Making progress but still need to clean out and make room. =)
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I started with nothing, my grandfather didn't need it why should I? My wife strongly suggested I "do something about the mess", I suggested a maid, she implied divorce, so I bought a 1 hp Grizzly that did a really good job of spreading fine dust every where. Finally got serious about the problem, but money was an issue, so I ended up with a HF with an after market filter. That worked great for about 8 years. When I retired, we moved out of that house and I was able to build my own shop separate from the house. My intent was to upgrade the DC to a 3hp system, but by the time the shop was built, I was pushing my budget. So I tore apart the HF, swapped impellers, added a super dust deputy, exhausted it outside and added ducting for the big machines. I "split" the DC into 2 systems, for the smaller machines, router table, miter saw, drum and oscillating sanders, hand held sanders and shop cleanup I installed a central vacuum with a heppa filter, and dust deputy that is ducted through 2" duct and blast gates. I really like this set up. With the central vacuum I was able to eliminate the shop vac, and freed up some floor space, by exhausting the DC outside, noise was reduced and the DC doesn't have to work so hard.
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I started with a 1hp blower and a bag. No solution there! Went to 2 hp and a bag, then added a Rockler chip collector setup. Inadequate.

Finally gave up after having spent hundreds of dollars on connectors, hoses, barrels, and other gadgets, none of which really worked all that well.

A couple of years ago, I found that Harbor Freight had their 2hp DC on sale, with a coupon for about $150. I bought one for my shop, and ordered the Wynn filter for it. It has a Rockler 4 inch hose that I move from tool to tool. Some tools with a 2.5 inch port, I've added a 4 inch fitting to the small hose and just drop it into the long 4 inch hose.

That combo with a chip collector before the HF unit, has all but ended my sawdust problems in the shop.

I also have a partial shop in my garage, so I got another HF unit, on sale most holidays, and have it in the garage with the same chip collector. Kept the bag filter because I can just roll it outside for use. I also wear a mask.

If i were to change one thing, I think I'd switch to a Dust Deputy for the chip collector, but the 4 inch model costs more than the HF unit. I'm a throat cancer survivor so I take the warnings about sawdust being carcinogenic seriously.

You can order an impeller from Rikon to replace the one in the HF unit. Takes a little jiggering to make it fit, but it supposedly greatly improves air flow. I can't recall who on the Forum did this, but it was a tight fit, but otherwise successful.

I looked at many name brand options, but for me, on sale HF units are just hard to beat. If the motor failed, I could just buy another unit for less than the price of a good replacement motor. With the chip collector, there's not many pings and dings for the plastic impeller.

Add to that a ceiling mounted dust filtration unit. I have two WEN units, which are 1/6th horse power, double filter units with a timer and speed controls so you can leave it on after you leave the shop and have it clear the fine particles in the air. I found the last WEN unit for just over $90 through WalMart's online/store delivery system. It is available on Amazon as well.

Next up for me is adding an above the blade collector for the table saw, and a small scoop-like piece just behind the blade of the worst dust offender, the sliding miter. The sliding miter is surrounded by a clear shower curtain, gathered in the bottom into a 4 inch connector, with a short hose that connects to the long DC main hose. I taped this together using aluminized duct tape.

All my cabinets and shop stands have doors and backs on them. Othewise they gradually fill up with sawdust. Doors really help. And all shop stands are on casters so I can move them around for cleaning. In a tight shop, sawdust finds lots of hiding places and then sneaks out in the air when you walk around the shop.

A detail: 4 inches isn't 4 inches, depending on the hose and connector manufacturer. Different makes don't play together well, so stick with one brand. It took a little while, but Rockler's Dust Rite connectors and hoses seem to be consistent and fit together well.

Even with all this, I keep a box of disposable medical style masks that I put on most of the time I'm in the shop. I guess I'm really a suspenders AND belt kind of guy.

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He resembles a Deputy too, ... maybe not a dusty one, but still not one to tangle with.
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My 1st DC was part of my purchase of the Mark 7 Shopsmith. At first it seemed suitable until I realize what it wasn't picking up and the dust coming through the filter. I bought the better filter but that still wasn't really what I wanted and bought a Jet ceiling hung filtering fan system which does an adequate job of the fine particles that escape. Then I started looking at central piped systems and read the reviews. I first decided on an Oneida system but then a careful comparison with the ClearVue CV1800 and they ran the Black Friday special. It was the final push. I take dust collection very seriously because I've seen the results of years of not doing so on a few people I personally know. It can be very ugly. Not only is it an expensive investment up front but by time you buy the pipe, fittings, blast gates, and other needed items it's a good deal of money. The upside is you'll breath better air, go through masks less often, and have peace of mind. I look at DC as a high quality tool. How far you take it is totally personal but it should be a major consideration. I didn't go though years of frustration to quit smoking only to trade evils and having seen the results of what both can do is a deterrent as well. My family also tends to spend some time in my shop so it's for them as well. That's my take on the subject.
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