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Confused about Dust Collection

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I'm getting very confused about the dust collection options. I've seen 1 hp wall mounted units, units with a big filter on top and bag on bottom in sizes from 1hp to 10+hp, units with cyclonic action before the filter and bag, shop vacs which seem to have as much power but much less airflow, and cyclonic add on's to shop vacs.Then there are supplementary filtering units and all of the units come in different specifications from 1 micron to 30 micron with 2-2.5 micron seeming most common. However, those measurements don't give percentages or how they decay over time.

Prices are also over the place. Shop vacs from under $100 to over $600. Top filter units from $250 to thousands. Cyclonic units seem to start at $800 with Jet having some add-on that they claim does a similar function in the same price range.

I'll need to handle one tool at a time. The tools will include a table saw (probably 3hp cabinet but possibly 1.75hp contractor), router table, miter saw, jig saw, handheld router, belt/disc sander, and, maybe circular saw.

What do you recommend? Will a shop vac with Oneida Dust Deputy cyclone be sufficient? Is an air filter needed in addition to the dust extractor?

The workshop is in the basement.


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i have been at this one myself for a few years now .have two dust depudy's set-up on vacuums .they let some buy when there is a lot of debre coming at it .the one hooked to my mitersaw works excellent .i use them for rotortables and small equipment .a good place to start and it will always have a place in your shop .down side is my vacuums are so very loud . i use tool activated festool vacs for sanding . i now have two bag type dust collectors ,bought them used . the tablesaw tends to need more air flow then a vacuum provides .i bought a cyclone on ebay ,have the small one on my 1 1/2hp collector works super well. . i have been doing this as i go over the years . kind of need to figure how you work ,what you want to spend .love to hear what works for you
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