I was prepared to purchase a Penn State dust collector for my workshop. I'm looking for a dust collector that can handle ONE machine at a time. My plan was to set up a small 'network' of vent pipes, sufficiently duct-taped or whatever to provide a maximum air-tight system (in the hopes that I get 'most' of the suction where I want it).
Okay ... so I call up the Penn State technical support to ask some questions, and the guy there insists that I consider buy one of their cyclone systems. THe system I was looking at is their 1 HP system (DC1B), which specs at a max of 850 CFM - which of course is under optimal conditions. The system comes with a nice 1 micron bag.
He told me that the system would only be adequate if I had it hooked up to a single system withOUT the other ducting. Yikes! $230 for a single machine?
Okay, the cyclone he's pushing - the TempestCS - runs at $600.
Is this guy out of his mind or is he being honest? Do I really need a $600 DC to get decent suction if I want to have a ducting system to several machines?