First, buy "Woodshop Dust Control" by Sandor Nagyszalanczy. This is a very
comprehensive book that deals with just about every question you'll have
(only $15.37 at amazon.com).
Anyway, I have the Veritas cyclone lid and it works great. But, you don't
really need it so much for the table saw, but for the jointer and planer it
is a must-have, IMO. Just the other day I was planing and jointing about
125 board feet of ash and I filled up a 30 gallon trash can 1.5 times.
That's a lot of dust/shavings that I won't have to dump out of my dust
I'm planning a ductwork system which will have a 5" main line with a 4" drop
to the cyclone lid and a flex hose with quick disconnect for the tablesaw,
jointer and planer. I'll then have more 5" main line with separate 4" drops
for the lathe, chop saw, router (reduced to 2.5" at the cabinet), bandsaw
and a floor sweep. I calculated static pressure drops, etc. for all of this
and should be fine for my 1.5 hp Jet dust collector. The linear distance of
the entire main line is only about 25 feet and each drop is about 6 feet,
max. With blast gates, the air flow should be pretty good. Also, no matter
what you read using PVC for the ductwork is fine, and you don't need to
ground it. There is a good scientific evaluation of this problem somewhere
on the net (DAGS) that makes it very clear.
There are no stupid questions.
There are a LOT of inquisitive idiots.
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