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I'm looking for some recommendations on dust collection systems.  I usually do most cutting/sanding outside but it's too cold for that now.  Any thoughts?

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I'm satisfied with my Harbor Freight system with cyclone attachment

Do you have more pics of your setup?

Just sent entire shop to you

Brian said:

Do you have more pics of your setup?

I built a small enclosure on the side of my shop and put a compressor, the shop vac and dust collector in it.  I made connections by cutting holes the wall.  I put switched plugs in the room so I can control them from the shop. This keeps the noise down and dust out.  I also have a Harbor Freight collector which was cheap.

 

Jess the cyclone attachment looks interesting, How does it work?

There's a Harbor Freight close to me.  I'll have to check out the dust collector.  I like that you have a dedicated space for woodworking.  Thanks for the pictures of the shop.

You might check in a Wood magazine for discount coupon I paid 139.00 for the  dust collector

Brian said:

There's a Harbor Freight close to me.  I'll have to check out the dust collector.  I like that you have a dedicated space for woodworking.  Thanks for the pictures of the shop.

I also have the cyclone attachment, and it works well.  Most of the dust goes into the garbage can, only some of the really fine dust goes to the dust collector.  They also make a version that fits onto a 5 gal bucket for a shop vac, I use that one on my router table and it works fine.  I purchased both of them on Amazon.com.  Shore is easier than cleaning the filter on the shop vac and dust collector.

Hal Schmidt said:

I built a small enclosure on the side of my shop and put a compressor, the shop vac and in it.  I made connections by cutting holes the wall.  I put switched plugs in the room so I can control them from the shop. This keeps the noise down and dust out.  I also have a Harbor Freight collector which was cheap.

 

Jess the cyclone attachment looks interesting, How does it work?

 

It works perfectly I do lots of planning and I bet 95 % stays in cyclone  just some fine particles hit the dust collector.I beleave the cyclone was 20 some bucks and 33 gallon can was about 30 at Lowes



Robert J Guidry Sr said:

I also have the cyclone attachment, and it works well.  Most of the dust goes into the garbage can, only some of the really fine dust goes to the dust collector.  They also make a version that fits onto a 5 gal bucket for a shop vac, I use that one on my router table and it works fine.  I purchased both of them on Amazon.com.  Shore is easier than cleaning the filter on the shop vac and dust collector.

Hal Schmidt said:

I built a small enclosure on the side of my shop and put a compressor, the shop vac and in it.  I made connections by cutting holes the wall.  I put switched plugs in the room so I can control them from the shop. This keeps the noise down and dust out.  I also have a Harbor Freight collector which was cheap.

 

Jess the cyclone attachment looks interesting, How does it work?

 

Brian
For any work with powered hand tools, like sanding etc I use a shop vac hooked up to a mini cyclone.

For my larger machines like Planner, Jointer, Table saw etc I use my larger dust extraction cyclone unit.

Here is a link where you will find some great information regarding dust collection, http://billpentz.com/woodworking/cyclone/index.cfm

Hello Hal; I thought of putting my dust colletion system( when I get one) and my compessor in a small addition as you have done. My concern is how to keep these units warm in the winter and cool in the summer. I do not know where you live and maybe temperature is not a problem for you. If you have a problem with maintaining an acceptable operating temp, I would like to hear how you have dealt with it.

kenny 

Hal Schmidt said:

I built a small enclosure on the side of my shop and put a compressor, the shop vac and dust collector in it.  I made connections by cutting holes the wall.  I put switched plugs in the room so I can control them from the shop. This keeps the noise down and dust out.  I also have a Harbor Freight collector which was cheap.

 

Jess the cyclone attachment looks interesting, How does it work?

WOW!  That's a nice setup.  Anymore pics of the mini cyclone?  Is that self made or store bought?

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