I am looking to buy a 1 hp dust collector for my home workshop. From the
reviews I have found, it seems that the Penn State DC1B-XL might be my best
choice. Penn State offers this DC with 1 micron bags for $220 or 5 micron
bags for $200. Most other brands come with 30 micron bags.
Since there is a large difference between the Penn State and the other
brands, is there a big difference between the 1 and 5 micron bags? The
tighter bag probably reduces the airflow even more right? Maybe not a good
idea for a 1 hp DC.
My main tools to be connected will be a 13" planer, table saw, router
table, and maybe something for my CMS.
I have this DC with the 5 micron bags (the 1 micron bags were not available
when I bought this machine). For $20 I would recommend the 1 micron bags.
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What is the difference between Penn State and other brands you referred to?
I was thinking about Delta's A400. Penn State claims to be quieter, more
powerful, and with a 5 micron rather than 30 micron bag, but about $60 more.
Is there more to it than that?
What is involved in changing the PS to 240v? The Delta requires a new
switch, which is a real turn off.
A few more differences that I see:
The PSI is a 16oz felt bag with triple stitched seams vs a woven bag with
single stitch seams. To purchase the PSI 1 micron bag alone is $75.The bags
are aslo larger in volume, more surface area.
Higher CFM. PSI states 850 cfm vs 650 cfm for the others. A review I saw
listed actual cfm tests for a clean bag and 10' of pipe and also simulated
a caked bag and more piping for a central system. The PSI had 665 and 420
cfm where the Delta 50-840 (replaced by AP400 I think) had 440 and 365 cfm.
350 cfm is needed for the majority of my tools.
I also like the option of using 2 - 4" lines from the DC or running just a
5" trunk line.
I am not sure on the noise of the Delta, but I know that this DC will be
quieter than my current shop vac setup. A cousin has a Delta in a basement
shop and his family does complain. I couldn't find a decibel rating for the
Delta to compare the 62 db of the PSI. My shop vac is at 88 db.
I haven't really checked the issue with re-wiring to 220v. That is not an
option for me right now, but PSI indicated that it is just a wiring change
and not replacing parts.
One question I still have is the amps for each of these. The PSI is listed
at 16/8 for 220/110. The Delta is 9/4.5. Usual ruale of thumb is 9 amps per
HP. I can't believe that the Delta is that much more efficient of a motor
that it can produce 1 HP on only 4.5 amps.
Thanks for the input. Somewhere I saw the Delta rated at 84db, though the
one I heard in the store sounded more like 70 or so; you could have a
conversation near it, but you had to kinda yell.
I am also confused by HP and amp ratings. I am looking to buy a saw and
Jet's 1.5hp is 18 amps, while deltas is 15amps. I don't know what that
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