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#1 posted 07-14-2010 07:56 AM


I started out with a Ridgid 12 gallon wet / dry vac hooked up to a Thien cyclone separator, and fitted with a HEPA filter. it worked well for some things such as my Ridgid OSS, router table etc… Mind you, it was mostly useful for visible dust / chip collection, and even at that, it wouldn’t move enough air to keep from jamming up every time I even looked at the planer or jointer…

If you are on a tight budget, save a few bucks for a Harbor Freight 2HP DC, and catch it on sale… They frequently go for about $140.00 after all discounts are factored in.

Add to that a 1 micron filter, or bag and a Thien baffle to keep the filter or bag from plugging up with the ultra fine dust, and you will have a MUCH better start on a true dust collection system…

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