I've been researching DC solutions for a few months now in prep for when I finally get a good table saw. I've looked at dozens of DC's from the $50 shop vacs to the $4000 ones. And to be honest I keep coming back to the Harbor Freight DC for @$200. I have watched countless videos on customization, modification, different accessories etc and I can't really find anything that gives better bang for the buck. I dont think I've seen one video on YouTube where people actually trash the HF DC, most praise it for being one of the few gems you can buy at HF (along with their F clamps, which are pretty great I have several)
Average for the mid/higher end DC's seems to be @ $2000 give or take $500. Yet the HF DC is $200 and with a few hundred for mods (cyclone, better air filter, custom mounting etc) I will still be at or below $600 for roughly the same performance, aside from the higher HP models, which from everything I've read aren't really useful unless you have a large shop or running multiple tools at the same time.
With the mods you usually get better filtration both on dust/chip collection as well as air filtration than almost any 'stock' DC that's 5 times the price. If I could find better quality solutions at more reasonable prices then I might change my opinion, but spending less than $1000 for a DC, chip separator, better air filter, hoses, piping, connectors, sweeps etc that will rival or beat out a $2000 base DC it kind of seems like a no-brainer to me.
As far as building it into a outfeed table & miter station I think that would be hard, you still need air intake which would still be a point for noise escape which wouldn't really help you in that aspect, not to mention having to crawl in/under something to empty the bag would be a literal and figurative pain in the arse. I would think of a permanent mounting area, or at the very least a home-made mobile DC cart.
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Last edited by Techsniffer; 05-16-2017 at 05:43 PM.