As if the $799 uni and the $223 incra fence wern't enough, I decided to
get the dust collector. The one on sale is 4800cfm and 5hp compared to
my current 1100cfm and 2hp. So four times the suck, if you can
quantify such a thing. :cool:
The new one has a 10" inlet port with a manifold (is that what it's
called? reducer?) that brings it down to four 5" ports. So I have
1 - I could run 10" ducts to all the machines, get 10" blast gates and
covert all the DC hookups to 10" (haha)
2 - I could use the 5" reducer thingy and keep three of them plugged.
Then run the fourth with 5" blast gates to each machine. I would then
need to either reduce the 5" hoses further with an adapter or make/buy
adapters on the machines that work with 5" hoses.
3 - Immediately reduce the 5" ports to 4" and run 4" hoses with 4"
blast gates everywhere. This is the cheapest since I have a lot of 4"
flex hose and 4" s&d pipe.
4 - Run 5" or 4" with a reducer to each machine and quit worrying about
5 - Find a 10" to 6" reducer and run 6" pipe/hose to all the machines
with 6" blast gates. This seems like the option that makes the most
sense to me.
More points: I'm unlikely to ever run more than one machine at a time.
But in the future, say over the next five years, my older kids could
easily start woodworking, so the extra capacity could be nice. Also,
the DC runs are likely to be short since I'm going for the centralized
DC shop layout with machines orbiting rather than running DC pipe along
the walls to a DC in the corner.
And lastly, what do I do with my old DC machine? I'll probably sell it
and use the money to buy 6" (or whatever) hose, clamps, and blast
gates. Any reason to have two?
Here's my old one:
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