Jeff, How many machines are you planning to run at a time?
In my little shop I had all the major chip makers Table-saw, Jointer, 2 Planers portable & floor model, SCMS, RAS & combo sander. All hooked up to a 2 HP Grizzly DC.
I didn't hook up the Shapers, Band-saws or Scroll-saw or the Spindle-sander, Mortiser, Drill-presses or Lathes. The router tables were hooked up to shop-vac's.
I imagine I will hook up some more machines in the next shop but still only the ones that will be used the most.
I've thought about a cyclone & am about where you are in thought of just blowing it out into a shop built dump trailer but now with having an older Bobcat with forks I think a box with a hinged top that can be picked up with the Bobcat & hauled out & dumped would be the way to go.
I think if your shop tool situation is close to mine a 2 HP blower should work ok. Keep an eye on Craigslist for a regular 2 HP DC & just use the blower from it .
Last edited by Bart Leetch; 10-23-2011 at 10:26 PM.
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