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Forum topic by DamnYankee posted 12-25-2011 11:04 PM 3437 views 0 times favorited 24 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-25-2011 11:04 PM

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Already LJs, I got some Christmas cash that I am looking to spend on improving my dust collection in my shop.

Currently I have a Shop Vac.

I am looking at adding a dust collector or an air filtration system.

Since I’m looking to spend about $330 – $400 I don’t know which would be more advantageous.

For air filtration I am looking at the Rockler “Dust Right 1200 Air Filtration System” or the Rikon 61-200.

For DC I don’t know what is good in that price range, most I’ve seen are much higher.

What I am considering is the filtration plus a dust separator to add to my shop vac.

I am very open to any suggestions.


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#1 posted 12-25-2011 11:14 PM

The harbor freight dust collector is a great addition and it budget friendly. You can get it new for $160 with a coupon from wood magazine.

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#2 posted 12-25-2011 11:30 PM

Actually, you can get it for abou $140 or less with a coupon. Watch for it; it’s usually on sale for $149. Works great.


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#3 posted 12-25-2011 11:32 PM

Thanks for the input on the HF DC. If I have to choose between a DC or air filtration which do you suggest?

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#4 posted 12-25-2011 11:42 PM

A dust collector will do the most good, probably, hooked up
to your planer and to your table saw. Those machines throw
a lot of chips all over the place, with the saw producing more
airborne dust and the planer just making a mess on the floor.

Contractor saws are trick to set up satisfactorily for dust collection,
but if you have a saw that supports good dust collection, having
a real dust collector hooked up to it is a nice thing and reduced
airborne shop dust considerably.

I’d say at the source dust collection is a better investment than
filtration, but a lot depends I suppose on your own style of
woodworking and the sort of messes you make.

I’m not a big router table user, but they can be very messy. I
usually do router stuff outdoors if possible since router dust
collection tends to be cumbersome and fiddly to set up.

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#5 posted 12-26-2011 12:05 AM

Ya didn’t say what TS you have. I have a Grizz 0444Z contractor’s saw, and use the HF with the bottom hood/shroud/insert (whatever) on the Grizz.
For the money, you could possibly have both.
I added good bags to my HF collector.

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#6 posted 12-26-2011 12:11 AM

I’ve had a dust collector since I built my shop. I’m looking at making a filter soon. I agree the dust collector makes the most sense, first.

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#7 posted 12-26-2011 05:43 AM

I have a Ridgid TS4511, Buffalo 14” BS, 1976 Craftsman RAS, router table and drill press

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#8 posted 12-26-2011 06:14 AM

Buy the dust collector and make your own dust filtration unit to fit your needs. Simple to do : )
Spend the extra money on good dust bags (<5 micron) or a pleated air filter canister for the DC.

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#9 posted 12-26-2011 06:50 AM


Definately get the dust at the source. While you’re at it, go to and look at the pleated air filter conversion made for the HF dc. Drop on fit, 99.5% effecient down to 0.5 microns, radically increases cfm performance, for just a skosh over $100.00. Your lungs will love you. Also check out or Phil Thein’s site on his Tgein separator. I added one to the cone in my HF dc and never have to clean the filter.


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#10 posted 12-26-2011 07:06 PM

+1 what dusty & fussy said.

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#11 posted 12-28-2011 03:45 PM

Okay – got the HF for $150 + 2 yr extended warranty. I am building an exterior “closet” for it on an outside wall of my workshop. I plan to connect it to TS and RAS at minimum plus an open connection (by open I do not mean no blast gate I mean open for other attachment such as for vacuum or other random tools). I am not sure if I will connect BS and DP at this time (partly due to step down but mostly due to not having settled on their locations)

Thanks for all the input LJs

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#13 posted 12-28-2011 04:47 PM

Buy the DC…remember the filter is only good once the dust particles are already in the air (and your lungs).

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#14 posted 12-28-2011 04:53 PM

DC all the way!

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#15 posted 12-28-2011 04:59 PM

Catch the dust at the tool as best you can first. Thus get a dust collector. Depends on if you can go a little over your budget mark… A Delta 50-760 can be had close to that. If budget constraints are that much of a concern, go for the Harbor Freight 2HP DC and add a Wynn canister filter to it… Best bang for the buck out there. Not the best DC, but it whips the snot out of anything else in its price class…

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