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Dust collection on a budget
Dust collection is one of those things, you know that you need it, you know why you need it but without a massive budget, where do you start.
We've all seen the amazing, well organized and very tidy 4, 5 and 6 inch dust collection systems that our on line mentors have in their wood shop's right?
We also know they must have spent a ton of time and dropped some serious cash to get that system in place.
So here's what I did when I setup my dust collection system.
Actually, depending how far back you'd like to go here, I originally used my beloved Craftsman 16 gallon 6.5 peak horsepower shop vac on its own, to suck the dust right out of any machine I needed to use throughout the day.
By the way, if you don't own a shop vac yet... This thing gives you a LOT of bank for your buck and it'll last. Here's the link so you can to take a look.
It'll suck a golf ball through a drinking straw and blow like a thing that blows REALLY HARD!
Anyway, I soon got fed up of moving the hose from one machine to another multiple times a day. So I bought one of these!!!
Boy does this thing suck - LET'S JUST SAY THERE ARE A FEW MORE, MISSING CAT SIGNS IN MY NEIGHBOURHOOD... We'll leave it there... (Kidding, just kidding)...
Have I set it up?
Couldn't find the money to buy the 4 inch pipe I'd need and couldn't find the time either so I needed an interim solution.
That interim solution turns out to be superb so I'm not changing it any time soon....
Here's what I did.
I found out that you can buy a full 2-1/2" dust collection system that hooks up to the shop vac you love so much.
Shop Vac (the company) developed a full, bells and whistles, kind of mini system that just hooks up to your existing shop vac. It comes with all the connectors, 45* and 90* bends, 2-1/2" transparent pipe, you name it. All you have to do is hook up a 2-1/2" standard shop hose to each machine and attach it to it's own 2-1/2" wastegate on the pipe you set up above it.
It comes with all the clips you need and full instructions.
All you need to do it stand in your shop for a while with a cold beer in hand, scratch your chin a few times and plan where the piper are going.
Want to see what mine looks like, check out the pic at the top of this page...
It's super cheap and you can get it done in a day easy.
As always, I've found the details for you, so go check it out. Happy Christmas :-)
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