This article is from the Woodworking FAQ Collection 2, by multiple authors.
From: email@example.com (Doug Wildes)
Date: 23 Sep 89 17:27:40 GMT
I'm in the market for a dust collector, and am looking for recommendations.
I have a 13" planer, 6" jointer, 14" bandsaw, and 10" contractors saw (all
Delta) in a rather small basement shop. The planer generates chips by the
bushel. And any serious amount of work on the table saw fills the air with
Fine Woodworking has articles on dust collection systems (issues 12, 25,
67), but I'm inclined to go with a smaller portable collector and move it
from machine to machine. (My tools are on casters, and move around the
shop as I need space.)
Delta's new portable, the 50-179, is two-stage, 3/4 hp, 580 cfm, 7" static
pressure, and about $350 mail order. Grizzly, Jet, Penn State, Lobo,
Bridgewood, and others advertise imported single-stage machines with
typically 1/2 - 2 hp, 600 - 1100 cfm, 5 - 9" static pressure, and $170-$300.
Are the two-stage design (blower between the chip barrel and the dust bag,
rather than before both) and Delta's label worth the extra $$? Will a small
collector deal effectively with the 13" planer? How noisy are these
systems? ("About as loud as a ...") How "portable" and stable are the tall
1-stage vs. squat 2-stage systems?
Reply either to the group or by mail - if I get significant replies by mail,
I'll gladly summarize to the group.