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138 Dust collector vs shop vac

From: dcp@teak06.cray.com (Dennis Parker)
Date: 6 Feb 92 19:41:23 GMT

I'm getting tired of cleaning up saw dust and I've got some extra bucks to spend
so I'm looking at dust collectors. I've read some of the recent articles on
the subject but I apparently missed some also. If this has already been
covered, mea culpa.

I've got a Craftsman table saw that I'll have to add a dust collection box to
and an Inca bandsaw with a 2 1/2" (I think) dust port. I anticipate the
future acquistion of additional tools (the new router table in Shopnotes, a
jointer, portable planer, etc). I'm waffling between buying the small 3/4 HP
Delta dust collector and buying a large economy size shop vac to replace the
small worn-out shop vac I've got. My questions, for anyone with some experience
with either, are:

a) Can a large shop-vac do a credible job of dust and chip collection with a
variety of power tools?

b) Are the Delta machine's capabilities sufficiently superior to justify the
extra ~$250 cost?

c) Will coupling the 4" Delta hose to smaller tool ports be a problem?




 

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