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Hello all,

New to the forum, and of course I come asking a "newbie" question. Getting ready to move into a house with a 3 car garage, which will house tools, toys, and maybe even occasionally my wife's car. I want to set it up with a decent dust collection system. Although I have plenty of time, I want to take a crash course to learn about the do's and dont's (like I just learned from your forum about using PVC pipe....which I was previously considering before reading that).
I am expecting to buy and install a stationary system, but I am open to other ideas. Maybe for a hobbyist such as myself, a mobile dust collector would be better.... I don't know. So, what are the basic ideas that I need to adhere to (i.e. what type of pipe is best, how much vertical should I not exceed, etc.). What would be a good machine to buy, and what should I expect from it.
While I tend to pore over details in my mental engineering, I hope to make something that tends to be turn-key and simple to use. I don't have a budget yet, and I expect that you guys will enlighten me so I can know what to expect. (Usually this means about 200 to 300 percent over what I originally expect.)

Well, sorry to be so "wordy". Let me know what you think.

Thanks in advance!
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post #2 of 3 Old 04-28-2017, 03:51 PM
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After 50 years of sawdust making...

I use 2 mobile Jet 1100s DC units with very short flex hose attached. This minimizes the loss due to the flex hose. I leave different length 4" flex hoses attached to the machines I use most often and move the DC over to them as needed. My machines include a 6" jointer and several 12" tables saws hooked to one DC. The other DC shares between a 24" dual drum and a 12"drum sander and a 15" planer. All other tools are hooked to 16 gal. Rigid shop vacs all around the shop sorta tucked into corners or under tables. These include 14" bandsaws, a 12" RAS, and several router tables. For small random orbit or belt sanders. I connect them to the dust ports with a lightweight flex hose 1 1/4" used for dry wall sanding. It works great!

Overhead, I use a Jest AFS 1000 air filter to get the airborne dust which is much finer. I don't wear a mask as a rule but have on occasion. This system works well for me with one exception, the table saw. Older contractor saws and some motorized saws like I have do NOT have a blade shroud designed to collect the dust like the newer saws, Bosch 4000-09 and others. If your table saw has a dust shroud, count your blessings. If not, enclose the bottom and seal off the openings enough to allow cooling air, but to increase the airflow velocity. I have done this with some success.

Good luck, but post this in Dust Collection and you will get more replies.

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Good luck, but post this in Dust Collection and you will get more replies.
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