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post #21 of 27 Old 07-25-2017, 07:27 PM
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Hi Gary,

I only use 2 1/2" flex hose for the router table, hand routing, and handheld sander. I use the 4" flex hose to hook up to the table saw, bandsaw, and planer. The 4" line picks up more dust.

No matter what, the table saw is going to throw a lot of dust at you from the blade. I'm slowly working on adding a 2 1/2" line for over the blade.
If you split the 4" into an additional 2 1/2" you will lose efficiency. I used a shop vac for my over the blade dust collector because of its high velocity air flow in a concentrated smaller area in addition to the 1 1/2HP Jet DC with the 4" port at the bottom. It worked just fine. The combination of a zero clearance throat plate and an over the blade dust collector will be good. I don't think a standard throat plate works all that well with just the DC on the bottom port and it is not really as safe as a zero clearance plate.

My "must have " safety accessories are:
Outfeed support table
Riving knife or splitter
Zero clearance throat plate

Additionally, I like a 2 position fence like the Delta Unifence, for working closer to the blade than a tall fence will normally allow, making more room for a push stick or your fingers when required.
Ya gotta know what you are doing when working between the fence and the blade with thin rips, and using the proper push er makes a huge difference.

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I've had the HF dust collector for about a year and it does a great job. Like others, I use it on one machine at a time. Last week I upgraded to the Wynn 0.5 micron filter and wow what a difference! The one I got is with the removable lid so you can stack them but I spent the extra $20 not so I could stack them but so that I could remove the lid to clean it; this just seems like it will be easier.

It was $225 delivered, so about $50 more than the DC itself. It's also quieter now; not a lot but I can tell the motor is running freer than before. I wish I had checked current draw before and after but it just feels like it is spinning easier now (kind of like in my hot rodding days and putting glasspacks on a car). There's a lot more surface area and now I don't see fine dust around it like I did with the bag.

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Thanks for the info. I will probably do one tool at a time as well. Do you use any 4" to 2 1/2" tools and if so how do the do.

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If you split the 4" into an additional 2 1/2" you will lose efficiency. I used a shop vac for my over the blade dust collector because of its high velocity air flow in a concentrated smaller area in addition to the 1 1/2HP Jet DC with the 4" port at the bottom. It worked just fine. The combination of a zero clearance throat plate and an over the blade dust collector will be good. I don't think a standard throat plate works all that well with just the DC on the bottom port and it is not really as safe as a zero clearance plate.

My "must have " safety accessories are:
Outfeed support table
Riving knife or splitter
Zero clearance throat plate

Additionally, I like a 2 position fence like the Delta Unifence, for working closer to the blade than a tall fence will normally allow, making more room for a push stick or your fingers when required.
Ya gotta know what you are doing when working between the fence and the blade with thin rips, and using the proper push er makes a huge difference.
Thanks for the reply and info.

I have the "must have" items you mentioned.

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Hi Gary,

I only use 2 1/2" flex hose for the router table, hand routing, and handheld sander. I use the 4" flex hose to hook up to the table saw, bandsaw, and planer. The 4" line picks up more dust.

No matter what, the table saw is going to throw a lot of dust at you from the blade. I'm slowly working on adding a 2 1/2" line for over the blade.
That's the problem. Everything I have only has the 2 1/2". Bummer for me. :)

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Thanks for the info. I will probably do one tool at a time as well. Do you use any 4" to 2 1/2" tools and if so how do the do.

Gary
No, Gary, I use my shop vac for the 2 1/2" tools. That's only one, come to think of it, but I have yet to get an adapter or I would probably use the DC for that, as well.

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You could use the 4" hose up to the tool, then use the reducer at the tool. That would be better than a 2 1/2" line.
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You could use the 4" hose up to the tool, then use the reducer at the tool. That would be better than a 2 1/2" line.

I was wondering that very thing. That for the suggestion.


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