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post #1 of 5 Old 03-09-2008, 01:57 PM Thread Starter
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Which Dust Collector?

I want to buy a new dust collector, I have a very small shop right now, but plan to increase the size to maybe 300-400 sq.ft. I'm mostly concerned with the fine dust. I work with antlers alot and sand them. That's where I get the most dust. Will be woodworking also, TS, Jointer, bandsaw, and combination saw. Will only be using one piece at a time. I have two in mind, the DC2000B w/1 micron bag Penn. state. Or 1.5 hp Jet model# DC-1100A. I will use gates. Will I need any thing other than the dc unit? Like separator, air filtration, cyclone? I have read in other posts, that if you have the 1.5 jet, you should change out the bag for a 1 micron bag... is that true? Thanks for any help you can give me.
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I use a shop vac myself, but, a dust separator works well with larger material generated by a planer and the like. I'm sure a true DC unit would benefit from one as well.

For fine dust, consider a DC unit with a canister filter.

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I would go with the 1 micron. You could put a separator in to get the larger chips. The Jet should work with your size shop just fine.

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I'd agree with a 1 micron, and if you are going to expand, get 1 1/2 hp, about 1100 cfm or more. Yes, shop vacs do work, but if you are around them for a long time, be careful of your ears. They are usually one of the noiser things in your shop.
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