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Beau Hannam Ukuleles
12-30-2016, 12:56 PM
I just gave my 2hp Harbour Freight dust collector a SERIOUS up grade with a 0.05 micron (!!!) filter from Wynn Environmental (part number #35BA222NANO Fiber Filters).

I also turned this into a 2 stage collector by adding a Cyclone (the black thing at the bottom) to it to collect 99% of the dust/bits etc before it even hits the filter. The super Dust Deputy can also do this way better but that cost $185 and this lid cost $32 (plus a trash bin)

This pimped up set up cost about $500 whereas a similar buy ready setup costs $1200-$1600.
https://wynnenv.com/woodworking-filters/new-222-filters/

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A videos on how to do this:(there are many more)


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eaD-gngPOXY&t=269s

Beau Hannam Ukuleles
12-30-2016, 01:00 PM
Also


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=32a_esE5NCs&t=355s

Beau Hannam Ukuleles
12-30-2016, 01:01 PM
and


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0RAoj4urS-Y

Beau Hannam Ukuleles
12-30-2016, 01:41 PM
Just call this number and say you're looking for Dick.

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chuck in ny
12-30-2016, 04:06 PM
i have larger units in the shop but they are basically for collecting and dealing with disposing sanding dust and planer shavings. this more casual approach is fine. we use appalachian hardwoods and the dust does not bother me as long as the exhaust fans are on and keeping the concentration to low levels. when you are dealing with exotics it's a different game. you could be sick or dead in short order. there's something in the soil in hot climates.

Timbuck
01-01-2017, 10:43 PM
Here in the UK we don't have Harbor Freight..but we do have Axminster. last year I had a bad time with influensa and breathing difficulties and Mrs Timbuck made me upgrade my dust extraction for the sake of my health and I ended up getting the slightly smaller version of this unit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AzmIeKeq_Qg cost me about 800...best one I've had so far ..Now i'm coughing a lot better these days ;)

Beau Hannam Ukuleles
01-02-2017, 06:10 AM
Here in the UK we don't have Harbor Freight..but we do have Axminster. last year I had a bad time with influensa and breathing difficulties and Mrs Timbuck made me upgrade my dust extraction for the sake of my health and I ended up getting the slightly smaller version of this unit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AzmIeKeq_Qg cost me about 800...best one I've had so far ..Now i'm coughing a lot better these days ;)

Yep- this was all because i keep coughing in my workshop- so I thought i'd nib it in the bud.

Wiaman
07-26-2018, 11:51 PM
My shop is in the basement and is relatively small at approx 11 x 23 ft. In that space, I have my RAS my BT3 table saw, router table, Ridgid 1550 drill press, benchtop bandsaw, and frequently use a variety of sanders... ROS, Qtr Sheet, detail, and even a benchtop Ryobi 4600. So far, my 12-gallon Ridgid shop vac does the trick and I simply hook it up to the particular tool that is in use at the time.

Of all these tools, it is the sheet sanders and the table saw that generates the most dust and it is the table saw that is least containable.

Should you really need a true "dust collection system", then probably a 4" duct system will be the best option from a money/budget point of view. My recommendation would be to look at and/or compare Penn State Industries offerings ( Dust Collectors at Penn State Industries ). I say that only because I have received countless catalogs from them over the years and the provide a lot of information, a wide variety of systems and components, and the prices seem pretty decent. But as yet, I haven't gone to that expense.

For just using a shop vac, with a smaller diamete tube and gate connection system you could check out Lee-Valley, Rockler, etc. I prefer to do business with Lee-Valley (here's their "dust-collection" index page: Dust Collection - Lee Valley Tools - Woodworking Tools, Gardening Tools, Hardware Supplies ), but to each his own. Up until recently, L-V had a 3" dust network system for about $85... but I see now that they no longer sell it that way. But I believe the components are still available.

(Ridgid used to see a network system too, but discontinued it in 2004, IIRC. The product number was DC5050.)

For a shop vac-based system, I believe these "network systems" were fairly decent. But for me and my limited activity, I'm still just rolling the shop vac into position and hooking it up as necessary. Actually, just about all of my equipment is operationally positioned so the vac can be hooked up without moving it more than a few feet. (With my small shop area, it's necessary to move the table saw or the router table to a center-of-shop position for feed purposes... at that is where I keep the shop vac, so it's a real easy hook-up and the only time I have to move the vac a few feet is for hooking up the fixed-position drill press.

Biggest deal for my shop, is to not just hook-up, but to also clean up after a major use of the particular tool, especially the table saw which puts a lot more dust on the floor than anything else I have. Just letting the saw dust accumulate, even for a few hours, only results in it being spread around.