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#1 posted 08-25-2016 04:12 PM

FWIW, my workshop is also in my garage, so I had to take space and funds into consideration. I currently run a Ridgid 12gal shop vac with a HEPA filter, bag pre-filter, and dust deputy for spot-cleaning (nice mobile solution). For larger collection, I have a HF 2hp dust collector (wall mounted, but the base isn’t bad and will be re-purposed) running through a $25 trash can lid cyclonic first stage, then venting outside. I also have a Grizzly air filter than I run anytime I’m making dust.
I think all said and done, fittings and ducting outside, I’m in it for about $700, and the setup seems to do the job pretty well.

But do keep in mind that if you want a mobile dust collector and will just puch it up to the tool you’re using, the filter may be more important than the CFM, since you won’t be running it much distance (though 700 still seems very low).

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