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post #61 of 76 (permalink) Old 06-13-2019, 12:25 PM Thread Starter
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Ken is getting me the dust collector that Harbor Freight has; he's been looking and watching, and it's gotten great reviews. Remember, y'all on here are much more sophisticated in your wood working than I am, so I don't know if I need an elaborate machine. I know (after seeing what mess I had in the old shed) that I need a system. I was a little taken aback by the amount of sawdust that was everywhere from the last three (3) years, and wondered how much sawdust Ken and I had breathed in inadvertently, not having room to have a dust collector in the old shed. And I'll admit, I was/am lazy about the masks. So.... we have the means to get a system, so I'm getting one.

Anyone who lives near me who wants to help set up/design, you're more than welcome to the Barbie n' Ken Workshop (Us women rarely admit that we don't know it all, this is your opportunity to take advantage of a weak moment LOL)

**UPDATE ON GARAGE DOOR DILEMMA** To those who opposed it, oh well, I got it. Found one for $449 at Menard's (on sale) and it's getting installed the 28th. Might as well... the building qualifies as a 1 1/2 car garage in size, and those little doors just look funny They aren't proportioned to the shed. Besides; if it's raining, and my truck needs a simple repair, Ken can't use the excuse he has nowhere to work on my pick-up lol

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Cool looking shop. You can use https://www.grizzly.com/workshopplanner to help with shop layout. It's easy to use and free. The only bad thing with the HF DC unit is the so called filter bag. It's horrible and will put a lot of fine dust in the air. I used this one https://www.grizzly.com/products/Gri...-G0583Z/T23129 for several years and was very happy with it. It is a direct fit for the HF so no modification is needed.
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Bob is correct, the bag is going to allow the really nasty ultra fine dust to escape into the shop. Almost impossible to clear that out of your lungs, and some woods are carcinogenic. Ideally you'll eventually get a chip collector in addition to the HF unit. If you get a drum filter, today, I'd get the Grizzly filter. A little more than the Wynn version, but it has an internal beater bar to knock the dust accumulation out of the filter. With the Wynn, you blow compressed air through from the outside once in a while.

Unless you can find a way to put the HF unit outside, you've got to put a drum type filter on it--the bag is not workable inside. I have a bag on one in the garage, but it goes outside when I work in there. The other is no longer inside the shop, but in an enclosed space between two sheds.

The WEN filter box hangs from the ceiling along one wall. It's a pretty low draw 1/6th hp motor. It has a remote control to change speed and run time. You start it running when you leave the shop. Amazing how well it clears the air. Setting it near a wall produces a circular air flow. It even uses the same filters as the much more expensive JET unit.

Look for a holiday sale when HF sends their big sale catalog around. It usually has a 20-25% discount coupon that brings the price of the basic unit down to about $162, plus tax. To be completely fair, Stick argues that it's better to get one of the Jet units, which lists a higher number for air flow. But it is much more expensive and I think any DC is better than none. Everyone is having fun with your new shed, LOL.

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While Ken's at Harbor Freight, have him pick up a box of 50 surgical style masks. For the last two years, I've had some breathing problems that also affect my voice. I notice that just wearing one of these cheapie masks, that my lungs are less irritated. I don't keep them around long, but they're always handy. When I clean up the shop, I put one on. When the weeds are putting out pollen, I put one on, especially for yard work.

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Tom’s point about the canister is well made. Definitely worth the investment.
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lol Y'all think I'm made of money. I'll get what I can afford, but I promise, I'm taking all your recommendations to heart. I just can't fork out a lot of money at once. (Remember what I just forked out for the building, and things that are needed for it; insulation, electrical, etc.) I'll have to save up for that $239 filter, and I have surgical masks, Tom, but I don't like them. They fog up my glasses. I can have the collector outside for the summer months, so I won't have Ken set it up in the back of the shop until I get a better filter for it.

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Save your money, space, airborn dust worries and, bag hassles. Vent that DC to the outside. With a trash can separator to catch the chunks and most of the dust, you'll get minimal debris outside. And, unless you run the DC continuously for 8-10 hours a day, with that little HF unit, you won't see a loss of heat or cooling in the shed. Mine has operated that way for several years with no downside.

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As sawdust builds up in the bag, it will filter finer and finer stuff. A trash can separator with a Thein chip separator made of plywood is pretty effective and cheap to make. It will greatly reduce the amount of sawdust that reaches the filter bag. Lots of versions on YouTube
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Good for you Barb. I wouldn't let Ken put his truck in there and if he gets fussy about it keep him out. I would keep my wife out of my shop but she is the boss.
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