I am considering buying a duct collector for my garage workshop, and am
looking for recommendations.
- Around $200 or less
- Portable (on wheels)
- Regular 120V operation
- Fairly quiet
- Able to accomodate the shavings from my 12" Delta planer
- Easy to get the bags on and off
I'll only be using it with one tool at a time (mostly with my planer).
What do you recommend, and why?
You can forget about quiet; unless you put it outside, you won't find quiet.
For under $200 you can get a Harbor Freight or something used.
Used would certainly be the best choice, but HF ought to be okay for planer
shavings; just don't put dust into it.
I have a typical Shop Vac I use in my garage which works great for
small projects. The only thing I don't like about it is when I use it
with my planer (as you want to do) I need to empty it every few
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Tue, Oct 2, 2007, 12:34pm (EDT-3) email@example.com (Dave) doth sayeth:
I have a typical Shop Vac I use in my garage which works great for small
projects. The only thing I don't like about it is when I use it with my
planer (as you want to do) I need to empty it every few minutes. <snip>
You could adapt it to dump into a large garbage can. That'd help
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I am sorry, but I just can't get the Red Green imagery out of my mind. A
duct collector, I don't think he made one of those. But if the show was
still on, I bet he would.
This is NOT a spelling flame. Just a curmudgeon humor storm within an ageing
If the $200 limit is firm, a good shopvac might do the job for your
planer, and you can put a cleanstream filter on it for dust collection
from handheld power tools.
If you can increase your budget a bit, the Delta 50-760 can be had for
around $300. While it's not as good as a cyclone, it's got a decent bag
and moves a reasonable amount of air. Just keep the hose length short
and use 5" or 6" hose rather than 4". Unfortunately most planers have
4" ports, which limits the amount of air that can be moved.
I have the Delta Something-Something (maybe AP) 400. It was under
$150 at a WW show. Not exactly quiet, but quieter than a shopvac. It
does fine for me on one machine at a time-- TS, RAS, jointer, planer
That sounds reasonable however my "quiet" Jet 1100 CFM dust collector
magnifies my 15" Delta stationary planer when I turn both on. Neither is
real loud but turn the dust collector on with the planer and the "Planer"
gets a lot louder.
Unless you are going to only do "a" board or two at a time a small $200
collector will be more trouble than it is worth IMHO. You will probably
find yourself emptying the bag ever 2 or 3 boards. That tends to be a
hassle with the cheaper smaller units. You need to be thinking about double
in price than where you are now.
There is a lot of good information and highly satisfied customers of
the Harbor Freight "2 hp" dust collector which is regularly on sale
for around $160 plus shipping (unless you live close to a store and
then it is plus tax). So many people here cringe at the words "Harbor
Freight" but that is just too bad for them. My brother has the HF unit
and if I did not already have a different one (that cost the prior
owner much more than the HF unit and does much less) I would buy one
in a heart beat. The downside is it has 30 micron bags at the $150
price point. It that doesn't work for you they (and others) do sell a
filter cartridge retrofit kit - but the combination ain't gonna be
within the $200 budget. In my opinion their 30 micron bags are not any
worse than anyone elses bag system and the way to go is the filter
cartridge. Google on Harbor Freight dust collector and you will find
lots of info.
Interesting. I looked it up on their web site. I'm not usually a big HF
fan, but it does seem like a better dust collector than the other 1HP
collectors I've seen in my price range (Delta, Grizzley, Jet, etc.).
I think there's a HF store in town. If not, I know a big one over in the
next city. Might be worth a look.
I don't have ANY kind of dust collection now, so I figure anything has got
to be an improvement. But having an upgrade path to better filtration is
certainly a plus.
As for the noise levels, I'm using a shop vac (albeit a "quiet" model), so
I assume most any dust collector will be quieter. I generally wear ear
muffs when planing anyway, so noise isn't a huge issue. It was just
something I was hoping for.
I tried looking for used dust collectors locally, but the few I saw cost
about the same as new. Might as well buy new.
Anyway, thanks for the Harbor Freight recommendation. I'll have to make a
run to the local store when I get the chance and see what they have.
have you thought about the Mini CV06 cyclone.
That worked for me. I put between my shopvac and the tools. You can put
any size containet you like on it. It is in the background on this pic.
I have no connection other than as a happy customer.
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Grizzly DCs are a good value. Get one with a little more power than
you think you need. Your planer will be louder than any DC, get ear
protection. Remote control is very convenient, I wish I got one
Cyclone separator - 4" variety
Piece of 4" DC hose and a 4" to 2.5" hose reducer - attach to exhaust
30 gal metal garbage can
Good pair of ear protectors
I use this setup myself with my planer and it does pretty well.
I use the 2 hp HF model, have it ouside with a cyclone separator on a
30 gallon metal can. I like it outside because of the noise, also Its
messy and dusty emptying the can and the bag, and outside, I don't
need an expensive micro fine bag. If I were to install it inside, I
would build a closet for it with a furnace filter door. 4" thinwall
pvc pipe and fittings are cheap. Gates at woodcraft are about $5.00
ea. I like the 4" black vinyl flexible hose to each machine, I got 50'
of it from amazon for I think $16.00
| I am considering buying a duct collector for my garage workshop,
| and am looking for recommendations.
| My requirements:
| - Around $200 or less
| - Portable (on wheels)
| - Regular 120V operation
| - Fairly quiet
| - Able to accomodate the shavings from my 12" Delta planer
| - Easy to get the bags on and off
| I'll only be using it with one tool at a time (mostly with my
| What do you recommend, and why?
I've been happy with the HF 2 HP dust collector used with a pair of
cyclone separator lids on 55 gal drums. You can take a look at a photo
of my setup at http://www.iedu.com/DeSoto/dust_collection.html
I've been using this setup for more than five years now, and have
emptied the barrels more times than I can count, I _still_ haven't
accumulated any dust/debris in the collector bag.
I bought the DC on sale for $150, the drums were free, and the lids
came from Lee Valley.
At http://www.iedu.com/DeSoto/Cyclone.html I have a page showing how
you can make your own separator lids - I show building for use with a
ShopVac, but it shouldn't be difficult to scale up to 4/5/6-inch hose
BTW, it's a lot easier to empty drums.
DeSoto, Iowa USA
It seems a lot of people are happy with the HF dust collector. Sounds like
a nice option in my price range.
Hmm... That may be a short term, low budget approach to collecting my
planer shavings. I've got a nice shop vac, so adding a trash can separator
may be all I need for now. Worst case, I could still use it if I buy a dust
Something to think about. Thanks!
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