It seems like a trash can with a seperator lid connected to a shop vac
with a HEPA filter would serve well with this planer. Planers produce
mostly large chips with relatively small amounts of the dangerous fine
dust. If the planer blower has the omph to eject the chips into the
trash can seperator, the Shop Vac should be adequate for catching the
relatively small amount of fine dust that comes through. This is a lot
cheaper than a full DC system and if you are primarily a Neader, a Shop
Vac with a HEPA filter (and perhaps the disposable drywall dust bags for
easy emptying) is probably enough for most of your needs anyway.
There are no "mostly large chips". My DW735 creates only fine, thin
chips...maybe 10 times the size of a flake of black pepper and dust. 96 &
179 cpi makes for _very_ thin chips AND a fine, talc-like dust. (the
dangerous fine dust you mention) The built-in chip blower and my home-made
cloth cover over a trashcan does a good job of collecting all of the chips
and most of the dust. Some day I'll try the seperator lid as you suggest.
Would make dumping the chips easier.
Oh yeah, it has lots of omph all right. Without any collection attached, it
will blow chips/dust clear down my driveway (about 20-25'?) Great if you
want to mulch the yard as you plane your stock!
I think their optional cloth chip collection trashcan cover would have been
a real good deal but, being a cheap SOB, I figured I could make my own.
Mine works well enough but I would like to see how theirs works. At $50-65,
I doubt I saved myself much. If I had it to do over, I'd spend the $ and
get their optional one.
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