OK, it's been way too calm around here. Time for a dust collection thread. And I'll throw in a little Tai/Chi equipment into the discussion just for fun.
Harbor Freight has their 2 HP (yeah, right) single-stage DC on sale this month. I showed the ad to SWMBO yesterday, and to my surprise, she was all for the idea, and urged me to go to HF right away to pick one up. I've seen enough good reviews of this DC that I figured it's one of those HF tools that are worth owning. (Sorta like the HSS lathe chisels many of us start out with.)
I went and picked one up yesterday, got it assembled last night, and it sure does suck. In a good way. I don't plan to use the 30 micron flour sacks any longer than it takes for the just-ordered Wynn filter to arrive. I think with the .5 micron filter cartridge, I'll be in pretty decent shape. (I did a lot of reading about the good bags vs. cartridge filter debate. For my needs, I believe the cartridge is the way to go.) I also plan to add a neutral vane when the new filter arrives.
I'd prefer to have a Clearvue cyclone with a 5 HP Baldor, but that's simply not within the financial, electrical, or space restraints I have. I'm not planning to run ridgid ducting at this point in time. The DC will be located in roughly the center of the 2-car garage/shop, and I'll move a flex hose from one machine to the next as needed. HF also has their DC accessory kit on sale, which includes 20' of 4" flex hose, clamps, a couple blast gates, and some other parts I don't really need, but I picked up the set just to get things started. I really don't do a lot of milling of rough lumber. Most of my dust is created on the bandsaw and lathe, and while this DC won't eliminate it, it should sure cut down on the quantity. And it should beat the pants off the Shop Vac that's been my sole line of defense against dust so far.
Adding the DC to my shop is no small feat, because I first had to make room for it. Just to get enough space to assemble the thing, I had to move move nearly every piece of equipment (and my bench). In the process of moving things around, I discovered a problem in my lathe stand, so I'll be making some modifications to that soon, too.
The shop is still in total disarray, with stuff piled all over the place, but I'm using the addition of the DC as an excuse for a thorough shop reorganization and de-kludging. I'll be sure to take some pics and post a shop tour thread once all the shuffling is done (and before I have a chance to mess it up again).