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#1 posted 08-11-2016 05:57 PM

+1 for the Wynn (it’s a winner, or is that a wynner?)
I’m with WhyMe: the HF is underpowered. Anything that decreases airflow is bad. Separators decrease airflow, and therefore they are bad, full stop. It’s nice to not have to empty the bag as often, but it decreases airflow, and thus I suggest you don’t do it. The Wynn increases airflow, and therefore is good. I have the HF with the Wynn, and the motor isn’t running any hotter or sound any different, so I would not add a blast gate. Emptying the bag is a PITA, but I don’t need to do it often enough that it’s really bothersome, and I don’t want to decrease suction.

For me, besides the Wynn and a cheapo remote (I use a Woods Outdoor remote, I’ve replaced it a couple weeks ago after 3 years of service, making it quite a bargain), the only thing worthwhile for me was to buy the Rockler Dust Right hose with the handle and the adapters. It makes it really, really easy to move between machines, and the hose collapses to avoid loops of hose when connecting to the close-by machines in my shop.

Mounting the Wynn takes 30 minutes tops. Adding the remote, 1 minute. Adding the Dust Right system, 30 minutes for 4 machines (TS, BS, Jointer, Planner).

Please remember that it’s underpowered. Use a mask.

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