Now I'm beggining to understand what a dust collector is, it has nothing to do with a shop vac
, they are on another level. Money wise too!.
So, there is little I can do with a shop vac right?, any other alternatives?, the MDF is killing me when I use the table saw, I have to find a way to remove the most I can at least.
I am not familiar with your saw. Does it have a contained lower part where the dust piles up, or does it simply fall to the floor?
A table saw doesn't usually produce a lot of dust unless a dado blade is being used. The big dust makers are the planers, joiners and drum sanders.
I have two different dust collection set ups in my one car garage!
1) Shop vac connected to a Dust Deputy. The majority of dust or shavings drop out into the bucket the DD is mounted on. The filter inside the shop vac rarely gets filled or plugged. The cyclonic action simply makes the heavier than air particles drop out of the stream.
2) I have a 2 horsepower Harbor Freight dust collector with a drum upstream of it with the Thien separator inside of it. Same principle, the drop out and only the fine stuff make it through the blower into the filter. The filter is made by Wynn Environmental and is a .5 something or other, which means it filters the air the best possible.
I made the Thien separator from mdf and a pair of Rockler connectors.
I have the HF dust collector connected to a manifold with a pair of blast gates. One is connected to my table saw. The other blast gate allows me to hook up a 4 inch hose to the planer, sander or the joiner.
The shop vac also has a couple of smaller blast gates. One is connected to the dust port on the miter saw. The other gate is available so I can connect a hose to the router table fence dust port or to the random orbital sander or the pocket hole jig.
Here are a few pictures for you to look at.