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#1 posted 05-09-2012 05:33 PM

That “thin piece of metal” is called a blast gate. :)
Your suction goes down as you add length to the pipe. So the farther away you are from that DC, the less suction you’ll have. Elbows also decrease suction equivalent to about 10 feet of pipe (each). I only have a couple machines I absolutely need on DC. My table saw and my planer. I want to put in some hard pipe so I can have other stuff on the DC, but it hasn’t happened yet and it seems like I always have something else to do. Table saw and planer have quick connects and I have a 10ft flexible hose and I disconnect from table saw and connect to planer or the other way around depending on what I’m doing. Only takes a second. My shop is only like 1 and a half car garage size so I can roll my DC if I have to (for instance) position the planer closer to the door so I can pass long boards through it. (Stand outside to feed it into the planer….. we don’t all have big shops … hehehhe)
And… I only run one piece of equipment at a time generally. I don’t usually take a board, pass it through the planer, and then take it right to the table saw. Usually I’d pass everything through the planer and then I’m done with it. THEN go to table saw and do all THOSE cutting operations. For that reason alone, you might consider putting your DC on a cart or just get one that rolls. Take it where you use it.
You can get “Y” adapters so that’s not a problem.
You can spend a lot of money on a DC capable of handling long pipe runs. Then you move a piece of equipment and you have to repipe to it. Think about it.

I will say that HAVING a dust collector is far better than NOT having a dust collector.

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