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Forum topic by Jakl posted 06-10-2018 03:53 PM 1510 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-10-2018 03:53 PM

For the past few years we have been getting by with a shop vac attached to a dust separator, but it seems like the shop vac is just about dead. It was a cheapo black friday buy for around $30 so I’m impressed it has withstood the abuse this long.

We don’t have a permanent shop setup, just lots of portable tools that we wheel out of our shed to use and then put away at the end of the day. That being said, we would like to still have some sort of dust collection instead of spewing chips and dust all over the driveway and lawn.

The tools we most frequently use are a table saw, planer, 6” jointer, miter saw, router table, and most recently a lathe. All have 4” ports minus the miter saw and lathe.

A couple had caught my eye and I’m trying to get input from you guys. We’d only be using it on one tool at a time, so some fancy 2HP dual port monster is not necessary.

Delta 50-723T2

Rikon 60-105

Grizzly G1163P

Priority is keeping a small portable footprint. We will likely use the dust separator as an inline stage for the dust collector as well to keep the larger chips out of the impeller.

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#1 posted 06-10-2018 06:06 PM

A 1hp dust collector is not very strong. I would not use any kind of separator as it will reduce performance.

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#2 posted 06-10-2018 06:32 PM

I got this harbor freight special from a craigslist ad for $100 4 years ago. I figured if it lasted a year it was ok to get me started. Still going strong.
I do like the cart that the delta comes with. Much more portable than the little castors on my harbor freight version.
It is double the cost though, I think I could put my own lawn mower wheels on mine if I needed that sort of mobility.
They also have a smaller dust collector that matches the grizzly, and rikon versions you listed.
I have not ever used this version,
If you go with a full size DC, I have found this 4” hose to be as good as any other brand, at a great price.

-- John

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#3 posted 06-10-2018 08:17 PM

A 1hp dust collector is not very strong. I would not use any kind of separator as it will reduce performance.

- Redoak49

Good point! Didn’t even think about that. Maybe the 2HP Harbor Freight unit?

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#4 posted 06-10-2018 08:30 PM

2nd the HF Dust Collector. If you must choose from the three you listed then the Delta offers the highest CFM rating so go with that one.

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#5 posted 06-11-2018 10:41 AM

I bought a used 2HP HF one a few years back to and it’s great It was clogging on me though especially when using my jointer or planer. I ended up building a 55g chip seperator and no issues since.


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#6 posted 06-11-2018 11:09 AM

Spend some time reading the various blogs, reviews, comments. There are a lot of things to think about. Certainly more than just cfm or HP. Go to and spend some time reading his commentary.

FWIW – I’m looking at selling my Laguna C-Flux dust collector and getting an Oneida DC.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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