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Posted on Need help figuring out a soultion to dust in my basement

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#1 posted 02-09-2017 05:27 PM

Hey Thomas,

We’re in the same boat – Basement shop, no permanent (Hard) DC lines, etc. My shop is mostly on mobile bases, with the TS and mitersaw having dedicated lines (and blast gates) and the remainder of the tools have a “nest” on the one wall coming out to play when needed. I run a 4” diameter peachtree flex hose to the mobile(ish) tools when they are in use and try not to trip over the hose while I’m moving around it. It’s not perfect, but it does work pretty well. My TS and chop saw have their own lines (The chop saw is right next to the cyclone) and the TS is just easier to have it’s own line vs bending over every time to use it, and it’s used all the time directly before/after jointer/planer operations, saving a bunch of time not having to move the hose between all three machines.

I’ve got a 1.5HP Laguna Cyclone and that works great – when only using one tool at time and when all the blast gates are closed on the machines not in use. I also have a cheapie airfilter (Powertec I picked up at amazon for ~$130) hanging from the floor joists that, honestly scares me a bit with all the crap that it picks up. I would recommend doing permanent lines (hard or soft, soft is easier) to the tools that don’t move – i.e. table saw and chop saw and moving a soft line between the other tools, keeping it capped when not in use. There are some pics of my shop in “my workshop” that might help. I will say this – buy the biggest Dust collector your shop can support powerwise, and budget wise. We plan on moving this year and the first thing I’ll be doing in my new dedicated detached shop is dust collection, and I’m guessing I’m going at least 3HP, maybe 5HP this time with massive 6” runs.

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