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Posted on Hate to ask this, but could use some help figuring out my DC setup

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#1 posted 06-25-2017 05:15 AM

I have that HF dust collector. Mine came with a Y fitting that took the 6” down to the 4” that most of the machines have. it also had a cap to shut off the Y if you don’t need the 2 way split.
I use it with one tube dedicated to my table saw, and the other a free hose to the rest of my tools as needed. And simple blast gates to shut off the hose not in use. I use the rockler dust right connectors on the free hose to switch from one tool to another. And I agree to put it outdoors if you can. It won’t leak enough dust to notice.
I bought that DC for $100 off craigslist almost 5 years ago. couple years back I had to replace the power switch. Most definitely I should replace the filter bag after so long. No cyclone, it just keeps on going like that energizer bunny.
My shop is a 3 car garage. I had duct work run in an early layout, but it proved to be more trouble than it was worth. I would just use a 4” flex hose to run as needed.
With 12×12 space, you will always be moving to find the best spot.
My shop is still evolving in layout design today. 5 years into this hobby, and about out of machines to buy. (can always use a new plane or lathe tools). lol
Instead of a exhaust fan, pick up a air filter. they work really well, and keeps the heat and A/C in the shop.
I use a shop vac on my miter saw, and when I am using a plunge router.
keep a disposable bag in the vac. The fines will kill the motor. I just acquired one of those blue dust right separators but have not had time to hook it up to test it.

-- John

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