I finally made the decision to replace the so called dust collector in my shop with something that actually works. The current project I've been working on has alot of mdf in it and I would be wondering why I was always waking up in the morning all stuffed up. In my research on this I found out my current dc wasn't getting the job done.
When I joined this forum I came across Stu's website and clicked on his cyclone build which really got me interested. I followed the link to Bill Pentz's websit http://billpentz.com/woodworking/cyclone/index.cfm and what I read there made alot of sense. On that website is a link to Clearvue cyclones and I was all set to buy one a week ago. But as luck would have it my central a/c went up and it had to be replaced so the cyclone was on hold again.
I did a little more research and found out if I build it myself I could have the CV1800 max for about 2/3's the cost of the CV1800. I e-mailed Bill with some questions and in a very timely manner he replied back. I ordered the 5 hp Leeson motor from the link in his website along with the 16" impeller and relay from Clearvue.
I spent $353 on the motor,$319 for the impeller and relay and $86 for 2 4' x 10' sheets of 24 ga sheetmetal. You only need one sheet but I have some other projects on my todo list. I figure I can build the cyclone for under $1000 and get a product that works and fits in the space I have. Whenthe motor and Impeller arrive I will be posting pictures of my build for anyone interested.