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Forum topic by Holbs posted 03-05-2014 05:12 AM 2170 views 0 times favorited 29 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-05-2014 05:12 AM

I had no idea about the dust collection science, people’s intensity, safety and health concerns when I first stepped into wood working. I figured, a good sized shop vac is all that’s needed. Boy, was I wrong :)
2 years later.. I have a Grizzly 3HP dual bag dust collector, a in-progress Thien Baffle (blog entries ongoing) and currently figuring out my dust collection layout and cost.
My layout (so far) 8 drops of 6” followed by various 6” x 5” x 4” wye’s, a floor sweep, 3 hoods (gotta modify my lunch box planer, jointer, and mitre saw).. all in a dinky 22’x22’ 2 car garage. And this is not including any 4” and 6” flexible hose or blast gate construction.
I am “lucky” enough to get HVAC parts at cost ($3 for 6” wye’s, for example). When I finish this, I’ll tally up the cost.
The parts used and the parts mentioned above will put me well over the $200 mark. At this rate, I could of bought a cabinet SawStop :)
For the non-professional, small workshop, weekend wood worker or hobbyist… what was your price tag of your start to finish dust collection system?

-- The Carpenter Bee is derived from the Ancient Greek word wood-cutter "xylokopos/ξυλοκὀπος"

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#1 posted 03-05-2014 05:30 AM

$650 in total for my 2hp dc, super dust deputy on my own drum. Includes hoses clamps etc. I roll my vortex around to each machine. I have a very small shop and one dust rite(sp) 4” retractable hose reaches every tool in my small shop.

Pictures are up in my profile/workshop.


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#2 posted 03-05-2014 12:15 PM

I bought my DC about 8 years ago and the price on that model has went up considerably for some reason, but it and the ductwork added up to about $1600 at the time. I consider that some of the best money I’ve spent….

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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#3 posted 03-05-2014 12:37 PM

I did the best I could with the budget I had. 500 bucks. I got a 1hp 10”impeller Craftex CX unit, it claims 820 CFMs. I have a veritas cyclone lid on a 55 gal plastic drum, and a 3-21ft dustright hose to connect to all of my machines. I built custom ports to all of my machines so that I don’t have to bend at all to hook anything up. I also don’t have any 90s or Ts. The few spots where I couldn’t get around that sort of stuff I used 45s and Ys. Also, where I needed flex, I used high end smooth walled stuff. I also use my shop vac as an auxiliary system, for when Im targeting 2 spots at once like on the router or belt sander.

I did a lot of research on here, and pretty much concluded that I couldn’t afford what Id call true DC. That needs 3-5 horses, 15” impeller and 6” ducts. Thats way out of my budget. Argument could be I could have built a homemade unit, and someday I may, but I wanted a machine, with a warranty, that I KNEW would work.

-- "despite you best efforts and your confidence that your smarter and faster than a saw blade at 10k rpm…. your not …." - Charles Neil

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#4 posted 03-05-2014 09:37 PM

I have a Clearvue and quick-fit ducting. Probably about $3500 invested so far. No regrets. I started thinking DC was just a luxury add-on, but as I spent more time in my shop and developed some health problems DC became central and primary.

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#5 posted 03-05-2014 09:41 PM

Probably only about $500 invested in mine. HF DC with Wynn filter and Thien baffle. My shop is only 16×24 so I move the 4” hose from machine to machine. Hence I try to choreograph my operations to minimize moving around.

I thought about running ducts but it doesn’t seem worth it since I can’t leave all my tools stationary anyhow.

-- Todd, Huntsville, AL

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#6 posted 03-06-2014 12:58 AM

$4.50 for a broom and scoop.

Sorry, I couldn’t help myself.

-- Dave K.

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#7 posted 03-06-2014 01:31 AM

I bought mine several years ago. The price was about $800 for the cyclone and another $800 for the tubing and fittings. Here are pix of my shop. The pix were taken shortly after we moved into the house and I have made some changes since then and the shop is no longer that clean. The cyclone manufacturer is now out of business and the cost of PVC has skyrocketed since I got everything. FWIW

-- Art

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#8 posted 03-06-2014 01:35 AM

Do you live in a climate where you can work/vent outside?

My stuff is all juryrigged and patched together as my needs
change. I buy most everything with a motor on it used.

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#9 posted 03-06-2014 01:40 AM

Art- what are all those switch backs for on your air line????

-- Jeff NJ

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#10 posted 03-06-2014 02:04 PM

I’ve got a ClearVue I installed in ‘12; total price was about $3,600 for the electrical sub-panel I had to install, the cyclone, pipe, and fittings. By far the most expensive tool set-up in my shop. (detailed in my blog if interested)

My Wife is a chest radiologist; talked to some of her clinical colleague about my hobby one day and came home insisting I upgrade my dust collection. They had all seen problems resulting from chronic dust exposure. I’m also asthmatic, and have no desire to cause any insult or injury to my lungs.

The air in my shop is noticeably cleaner. Much less dust on every surface, no more blowing wood putty out of my nose at the end of the day. It’s money I’m happy I spent.

-- John

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#11 posted 03-06-2014 02:12 PM

I’m running a General International 1 HP collector (rated around 800 CFM, but I doubt it pulls anywhere near that). Initial plan was to wheel it around like a shop vac, but I got tired of that fairly quickly. Add to that the addition of a jointer and reorganising of the shop and it made sense to invest in something more permanent. I now have it installed in a fixed spot, with a mix of flexible hose and ABS pipe, most of it 4 inch, running to most machines. I’ve bought a remote activated outlet as well and now I keep losing the remote !

This was installed at the same time as an air cleaner/filter, but there is a clear improvement in air quality compared to the shop vac I was using and it is a lot more convenient.

Total cost (with dust collector) was around 1,000$ I think, but everything is a bit more expensive up north (I’m from Canada).

-- Julien

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#12 posted 03-06-2014 02:47 PM

Those switch backs are usually used so the heavier water that might be suspended in the air or attached to the inside of the pipe will continue to be pulled down with gravity while the lighter air goes back up to the hose connection point. I have about $225 in my system; $160 for my Delta AP400 bought when it was much cheaper & on sale, $45 for a much larger to filter bag (48” tall) and a package of plastic lower collection bags. I’m planning on making an overhead system out of thin wall PVC when I determine exactly where everything needs to go once and for all. That won’t happen until I clean out all of the random lumber I’ve been hoarding out. When it does, I’m planning on a 2 or 3hp cyclone to provide suction for everything, probably something not too complex, perhaps even homemade depending on my funds and available time when the opportunity to upgrade materializes.

-- "Lack of effort will result in failure with amazing predictability" - Me

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#13 posted 03-06-2014 02:57 PM

I was just wondering if i was ‘over doing it’ with my dust collection system as a beginner amateur wood worker in a 2 car garage. Tho, I think it is fun to engineer the layout and radically jump into projects I would never of thought possible (Thien Baffle, for example). Roughly: $250 for 3HP grizzly, $200 for HVAC ducting (at cost, would of been probably 50% more at retail), eventually I’ll get the dual wynn filter canisters for $500, and unknown for modifications to machines to accept larger port sizes.

-- The Carpenter Bee is derived from the Ancient Greek word wood-cutter "xylokopos/ξυλοκὀπος"

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#14 posted 03-06-2014 03:13 PM

Around $2500

-- Bert

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#15 posted 03-06-2014 03:20 PM

I have about $800 on mine. I am limited to a 110v setup so I have the Jet DC-1100VX-CK, flex hose and Dustrite fittings. I move the Jet to whichever machine I am using at the time, to keep the hose short and flow high.

-- Earl

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