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    Hi guys, new to the site and currently setting up a woodworking shop for myself. Quick question and woudl just like some feedback as to set up and experience from other people.
    I picked up a small 1 HP dust collector which I feel will be good for collecting from my tablesaw, jointer, router and misc. hand tools. Input pipe is 4" and I woudl probably have 1 hose attachment and 3-4 wall attachments.
    Questions:
    1. Should I stay with the 4" or can I use this http://www.leevalley.com/en/Wood/pag...=1,42401,62597
    2. When putting in the piping can I keep it at the cieling or is it better to run at waist height? Will running it at the ceiling possibly reduce the suction? I of course would stay away from 90 degree turns etc...

    Let me know.
    Thanks.
    Rostius

    NEW SHOP DETAILS - 18x24 seperate from the house. Just finished the exterior and ready to finish the interior.
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    Re: Setting up a shop

    Re: Setting up a shop

    A 1 HP DC is very limited to create a system from. I'm afraid you won't move enough air to have sufficient collection. They are primarily designed for one machine. Depending on the size your machines a 1hp could be still too small. What size machines do you have and what are their port sizes? Most lunchbox planers have a 4 inch port. Most jobsite tablesaws have a 2 inch port. The bigger the equipment, The more chips they produce or have capability of. A dust collector is designed to move large amounts of air with a not very high static/water column pressure. Shop vac on the other hand has high static/water column pressure. Dust collection is more technical than one might believe. You might want to look up Bill Pentz website and sit down for a good two hour read before making any decisions on dust collection.
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      Hi,
      As Matt says, 1HP isn't good for much and it won't be worth it trying to make a network for it. I have a 2HP machine and it barely cuts it. It does pickup the chips from my planer and jointer but doesn't do great with the fine dust of my table saw and bandsaw.

      If you stay with this DC, you probably want to roll it around to the tool you're using, keep your pipe run short and get a decent canister filter to replace the bag you likely have now.
      I should also mention—and it absolutely pains me to say this—that there are crazy people who agree with what you have to say. I’m not saying you’re crazy. I’m saying they’re crazy. But you’re both saying the same thing.

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        I have been using a 1HP for a number of years it works fine for me. I have a DeWalt 13" thickness planer and a Delta 6" Jointer both use a 4" port. My DeWalt Table saw uses a 2". Keep your pipe to 4" as much as possible and only go down to 2" when you have to. You will still have some dust (I wear a mask) but the big stuff is contained, I use the Veritas Cyclone Lid http://www.leevalley.com/en/Wood/pag...t=1,42401&ap=1 to collect in. the system you show is not large enough for most machines.
        Jerome
        Canada's South Coast

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          Re: Setting up a shop

          Originally posted by Jerome View Post
          I have been using a 1HP for a number of years it works fine for me. I have a DeWalt 13" thickness planer and a Delta 6" Jointer both use a 4" port. My DeWalt Table saw uses a 2". Keep your pipe to 4" as much as possible and only go down to 2" when you have to. You will still have some dust (I wear a mask) but the big stuff is contained, I use the Veritas Cyclone Lid http://www.leevalley.com/en/Wood/pag...t=1,42401&ap=1 to collect in. the system you show is not large enough for most machines.
          Awesome idea Jerome. Thanks for the tip and I will for sure use one of these as well! Thanks! Pretty sure it will be fine for what I'm doing.

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            Re: Setting up a shop

            Re: Setting up a shop

            Rostius,

            To give you a few ideas, you may wish to look over the article I wrote about dust collection a few years back: https://www.canadianwoodworking.com/...ion-small-shop

            Good luck with your woodworking journey and setting up your shop.
            Last edited by MartyFromKingston; 08-29-2015, 10:52 AM.
            All the best,

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