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Rick Dennington

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#1 posted 07-14-2010 07:35 AM

Greetings Kevin, Shop vacs are not dust collectors… they are used to clean up the sawdust and chips on the shop floor, and like the others have said, for small tools like sanders, etc…....For large machines like a planer, jointer, and tablesaw, you need a “minumim” of 400-600 cfms. A s.v. with 145 cfm ain’t gonna cut it on these tools….. You have to remember that a s.v “sucks air, and a d.c blows air around to create the cfms…. As stated above a 1 1/2 or 2 HP d.c. with around 1100-1200 cfms will do the job. I have a Delta w/ 1200 cfms, and 4” drops to each of my major machines, and it handles these with no problems….. Bite the bullet and invest in a good d.c if you’re gonna do woodworking… you won’t be sorry you did….... 18,000 LJs will tell you that….
One other thing: Go to some of the woodshops on here, including mine, and look at their set-ups for d.c.

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