I suppose I should classify myself as a newbie, still in the process of
equipping my shop. I'm planning a retirement soon and hope to spend lots of
time in my shop.
I am not a professional woodworker, but I like quality stuff. So far for
major equipment, I have a Delta Unisaw w/52"Bies, Powermatic 14' bandsaw
w/riser, and Dewalt 13" planer. I just recently ordered a Powermatic 60B 8"
jointer and Delta drillpress.
Now I'm shopping for a dust collector. I shopped and shopped but can't make
up my mind. Maybe you folks can help.
Here are my questions:
Do I want an inexpensive 1.5 horsepower, 115 volt unit which I roll around
in my shop, such as the Delta 50-850, or Jet 1100A, or JDS Dust Force, or
I am concerned about health risks and want sub-micron filtering, but should
I go with above inexpensive units and add on sub-micon bags, or canister
filters, or is there something more suited for my shop?
Or should I go to the next level to the 2 horsepower 220 volt units such as
the Grizzly G1029Z with .3 Micon bags? I really like that one but the 220
circuit would have to be added, and do I want to go to that much trouble for
a roll around unit? If I have to add the circuit, why not go with a
stationary unit such as the Grizzly G0525 Cyclone Dust Collector?
Decisions, decisions. One of the problems I have is that it seems that all
of the reviews I can google, are from people who have used only the one
system which they own and have no frame of reference to compare it to other
equivalent systems, other than the shop vac they were using before they
bought their X brand collector.
So there you have my current dilemma. I know I sound indecisive, that's my
nature. But any advice from the experts will certainly be appreciated.