I've got a 1.2HP 650 or 750 TWC unit and it is adequate for TS, jointer, router
table pickup. Once I hooked up a trash can separator (a necessary item, in my
case) efficiency dropped a bit, but the DC still picks up fairly well. I'm
sure it would be cool to have a unit that could suck the chrome off a bumper,
but my little unit is: little, cheap, and reasonably quiet. All three
characteristics I appreciate. I have a 10' hose to the can, and a 20' hose to
Igor wrote:I'd appreciate hearing from people who have this trash can setup
whatever lower-end HP DC -- whether or not it works. Thanks.
It works with my 1.5 HP Jet 1100, and I'm using 4 inch flex and
DWV about 35 feet from the can and collector. And dadoes, not being
through-cuts, won't spit much sawdust at you. Tom
I've been using a little Jet DC (3/4 hp I think) with a shop-made trash can
chip collector. It's plumbed with 4" PVC pipe to serve a contractor saw and
has an additional port where I hook my planer when I need it--the total run
is about 20 ft.. It has worked fine for the past 5 years. I have a
grounding wire down the inside of the PVC pipe that sometimes collects big
shavings from the planer and chokes, but other than that it works fine.
More suctation from a bigger DC is always nice, but this one serves my
I have the 1HP jet unit that is made to sit on a 35Gal can (you
supply) which I have on wheels. It has a canister type final filter.
Uses less floor space than a DC AND a trashcan separator. With 4"
hose, works very well for all my tools, including a very messy planer
that creates cubic feet of waste in short order.
It's quiet (actually quieter than my saw running at idle). Only beef
is having to clean canister every few days when doing a lot of fine
I'm not affiliated with any tool co. or distributor, just a happy
Based on a post I read here I picked up a H.F. 1 h.p. about 6 months ago.You
know the one,plastic wheels, portable etc...
It was on sale for $83.00.
The original poster mentioned removing the plastic screens on the inlet and
I fabbedup 55 gallon drums for a separator and run it with the table saw
planer,jointer with no problem.
Beats a shop vac hands down.
The down side is the 3" neck on the bag but the drums get most of the stuff.
I have a 2HP DC hooked up to trash can separator. With the can in the
middle I haven't had any problems with getting reasonable suction on a
single 4" line. Reasonable means a) I've never plugged it up and b)
it will keep up with the jointer. Most of the time I handle serious
amounts planer shavings with a shovel and wheelbarrow approach I
haven't tried a separator with a smaller collector. FWIW, I find the
can eats about 95% of the stuff I generate --- but the "bulky" part of
what get's sucked up is cleaning up around the lathe, planer or
Don't forget 2HP will probably require a 220V feed --- no idea if
that is an issue in your shop.
This spring I got tire of chasing the DC around and put it up on top
of a 7' cabinet --- yes I have a high space but it's un-insulated, no
climate control --- think barn. Anyway, I used to have a carrier
bolted to the DC that held the can so the can went whereever the DC
went. If you are using the DC as a roll-around unit, I would highly
recommend doing something similar. Also tie the hose off to the DC
unit somewhere after the can so things don't fall apart if (when) you
pull on the hose. I used a couple of elastic cords to hold the can
onto the carrier.
Best of luck,
Agreed, the "fines" are the important part from a health perspective.
Efficient collecting on an SCMS is something I've always considered to
be pretty hopeless -- do what you can hooking up the DC, wear a mask,
make sure the air filter is running. But, for better or worse, most
people adding a separator aren't thinking about gathering the fines;
they are worried about reducing the number of times the bags are
emptied. The OP was concerned with keeping up a dado blade in a TS. In
that case efficient collection (including the fines) is pretty easy.
The approach I have favored is that machines with a low waste volume
avoid going through the separator as it provides no benefit and only
costs power. Fortunately, the high waste volume devices tend to
generate larger shavings so, as you point out, the collection is easy
and the loss of power isn't a big deal. Of course, I work almost
exclusively in domestic hardwoods -- my WW budget doesn't afford much
in the way of exotics, no Padauk dust for me.
Must get to work......
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