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I am looking to buy a dust collection system for my shop. I am tired of running 3 shop vacs. I have a table saw, planer, jointer, two router tables, drill press, chop saw, and band saw. they all have a dedicated spot. What do you recomend as far as size and capacity?
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If you plan on running ducting you will probably need a 2 HP single stage or a 2 1/2 HP cyclone. I would suggest 6" main duct and 5" drops and gates.

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I have a similar array of power tools. I use a 3 HP double canister (2 micron filter). In fact I just purchased a new one, a Powermatic Model 75, 3HP, 1 Phase, 230 V with 2 micron filter. Waiting for it to arrive soon.

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If you plan on running ducting you will probably need a 2 HP single stage or a 2 1/2 HP cyclone. I would suggest 6" main duct and 5" drops and gates.
That is a little over kill for a one man shop. I ran duct 4" and I have a 1 1/2 hp 110v shop fox. I get 1200 cfm and can if needed run 2 machines at once, It is a little hard on the system with two machines at one time. Unless you have 2 people working at the same time your ok. Plenty of suction I can suck up 2" x 3" chunks from across the shop and it has to go up and over 9' ceilings. I built my own cyclone but I do want to upgrade the bags to 2 micron. I baught a craftsman professional that died so I baught the shopfox for $300 including tax. If you have a extra 220 outlet for the dust collector go with a 2hp but that is plenty. the 2hp extrema is like $360 but I didn't have the extra 220 outlet.
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I use a 2 hp grizzly with gates connected to a shaper, table saw, miter saw, and planer.
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I use a 1200cfm Jet with a 1.5 hp motor. I have the thing rigged to a cyclone attachment that empties into a trash can. If I had to do it again, I would just buy the cyclone at the start. I also vented mine to the outside so there are no filters to clean. I am happy and have about the same setup you have. I use 4" piping and it works fine.

Avoid the filter bags if you can, they clog pretty quick and kill the suction.
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I have the HF 2hp unit and it meets my needs for under $200.

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I have the HF 2hp unit and it meets my needs for under $200.
I looked at the HF but the 2 hp 110v was like 24 amps I have large enough wire but only a 20 amp breaker. figured I could change the breaker but then HF said they only had the display model and I couldn't buy it. I had to have one so I got the Shop Fox.

I like it and it has a 2 year warranty. You running the HF on 110V or 220V.
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I looked at the HF but the 2 hp 110v was like 24 amps I have large enough wire but only a 20 amp breaker. figured I could change the breaker but then HF said they only had the display model and I couldn't buy it. I had to have one so I got the Shop Fox.

I like it and it has a 2 year warranty. You running the HF on 110V or 220V.
I run off 110V and a 20amp breaker with no problems. You're pushin air and it really doesn't load down like a saw would. I think the 24 amp figure might be a momentary surge number not a steady draw. The shop fox is a good unit.

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The hf model is only a 1 horse motor rated at 2 horse. If it where me, I would not look two much at the cfm readings as there are false. If you can swing it get a cyclone or a good 2 or three hp bags system. Just make sure the filters or bags are 1 micron or smaller. Other wises they are just chip collectors.

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