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Posted on Need help pulling the trigger! $5k for Bandsaw, Drum Sander, and Dust Collection

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Kelly

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#1 posted 07-30-2017 05:33 PM

The dust collector is a must, especially for things like the planer and jointer, and just, generally, spoiling yourself.

I use my collectors, exclusively, to clean the floors of things not caught by the collector. A sewer tube made a good extension.

I have four collectors:

- Two are four bag, 3hp Jets. One has a cartridge filter and is behind a Oneida Super Dust Deputy. The other will be getting a SDD XL soon.

Both 3 hp units are older ones. I paid $250 for the first and swapped the bottom bags to big box store clear lawn bags. I also swapped the stock bags for 1 micron upper bags for $100.00. The second, I paid $425.00 for and it came with canister filters. The difference in draw, between the two, is notable.

- One is a 1-1/2 hp Jet with a canister filter. It does a good job, but it got upgraded to the 3hp with two canisters.

- The one that gets drug out to vacuum pine cones and leaves is a Harbor Freight 2hp. It babysits the miter, when not on yard duty. I changed to a finer filter on it too. I’d say, for a couple hundred bucks, it would be a damn good investment. My bet is, it would handle your drum sander.

I’ve seen some Grizzly 3 hp units on the local craigslist too. They look like knock offs of the Jet and might be well worth considering too.

If you can handle 240 and 15amps run current, the Jets are worth the jump. Otherwise, anything 1-1/2hp and up is going to be night and day over nothing.

I never knew what I was missing, until I had one. Now, having at least one dust collector is as important as any other piece of equipment.

I built a sanding station with nylon sides, top and back and it makes sanding and carving projects that fit in it a pleasure. In fact, the seemingly small amount of air pulled in makes that a comfortable place to sit, after the rest of the shop gets too hot for comfort (84 and up).

As to cyclonic units that outperform big box ones, I’d be hard pressed to believe any of the DIY have any significant performance improvements over a plastic Super Dust Deputy at $200.00. Too, what would it cost to fabricate a SDD equivalent?


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