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#1 posted 04-13-2019 12:26 AM

IMHO, I don’t believe you will be saving as much floor space as you would think. The HF 2hp dust collector doesn’t have that large of a footprint. It’s only a bit larger (floor print) than my 16 gallon C’man shopvac with a Dust Deputy attached. The bag system on the 1 hp will be a pain to deal with too. Even with a separator, it will not perform that great. Better that without, but still not effective for fine dust. Most of the bags I’ve seen are in the 3-5 micron range, which isn’t going to capture the really fine dust that wants to settle on everything (and into your lungs). Also you are going to need a fair amount of 4” flex hose, which runs about $90 for a 50’ piece, and the longer the run of flex hose, the more it decreases the efficiency of the DC. Plus it becomes a trip hazard when the tool is 20’ away from the DC.

That being said, I’ve seen a few systems plumbed using the 1hp style dust collectors. However, they are usually run short distances, and on one tool at a time. Effective? Probably. But probably not the best when compared to a larger system.

If you’re serious about dust collection, and I also work in my basement, than you need to get a better system. I put a bit of work into my HF 2hp: You can either go the route of ‘hot rodding’ the HF one, or spend the money up front for a complete cyclonic system from either Oneida, Grizzly, etc., and end up with a more satisfying result.

I have not yet plumbed my DC to the individual tools. I probably won’t get around to doing that until this coming fall or winter. And I may decide not to, as I need mobility for all the tools (including the DC) in my basement. Workspace is a premium, and being able to ‘move things around’, is a necessity.

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