Woodworking Dust Collection


I believe we learn from each other through our experiences and this post is just that. I want to talk to you about dust collection today and more specifically the dust collectors I use in my shop on a daily basis. I currently use three different types of collectors, but four all together. I have two Shop Vac’s and two different style dust collectors that I use regularly. Each has it’s own purpose in my shop, but I want to share with you how I use them differently in hopes of providing useful information to you. I’ll go over each one separately, provide links and list the specs as well. I hope you find value in this type of post.

Five Gallon Shop Vac

The model number for this particular unit is 5986000. There are several things I like about this little vac. First of all, it’s a wet/dry, which means you can use it to suck up wet or dry material. The CFM is rated at 175. That’s not much considering most of us are in an environment full of dust, but it’s better than nothing. The power cord is 6 feet long, which is ok, but not great. I use this small vac for quick clean ups and small tool dust collection.

  • 5 gallon
  • 4.5 HP
  • 120V, 9.9A
  • 18.9L

Price is around $65.00 on Amazon (click here)

Shop-Vac SS11-450

Twelve Gallon Shop Vac

The model number for the twelve gallon Shop Vac is 5926211. This is my go-to vac when I have a handheld tool with a dust port. I mainly use this vac with my ROS and belt sander, but it’s also good for bigger cleanups in the shop. I would use it on some stationary tools if I had the need. The CFM is rated at 200 on this vac.

I believe for a beginner without any dust collection this unit would be a good one to start out on. You can very easily attach this to  Here are some of the specs:

  • 12 gallon
  • 6.0HP
  • 120V, 11.8A
  • 45.5L

Price is around $130 on Amazon (click here)

Shop-Vac SL14-600C

Harbor Freight Single Stage Collector

The Harbor Freight dust collector was one of my first purchases and I don’t regret it. Although, I will say I should have waited to buy a full sized dust collector until I actually needed it. It sat in the box for months until I got to the point of actually getting around to setting it up. I could’ve used a different unit like one of the Shop-Vacs until then. Regardless, I’m glad I have it now because I use it on a daily basis.

I have this collector (and separator) connected to a system of pipes that are attached to the bigger tools in my shop. I would say this type of system is the most used in my shop. In addition to the collector and seperator I added the Wynn Environmental canister filter to the collector, which makes a big difference in performance.

  • 2 HP
  • 120V, 20A
  • 1550 CFM
  • Lockable key
  • Casters

Price is around $175-$200 on Amazon (click here)

Harbor Freight dust collector

Canister filter by Wynn Environmental runs $129-$205 (click here)

Wynn Environmental canister filter

Dust Right Single Stage Collector

The Dust Right dust collector is a great solution for several reasons. The first reasons are its portability and easy mounting “Z” bracket design. A person could purchase one unit and two or three Z brackets to be able to move the collector around the shop to different locations. Another reason I like the Dust Right setup is because it feels like it’s made better than the other options in its class.

I use this unit to vacuum up around the lathe after a turning project and it does a great job. It’s worth noting here that I don’t have this collector connected to a system. There’s just one flex hose connected to the collector and I change out which tool I connect, which is between the jointer, planer, and the lathe. I can’t really speak about this unit and it’s ability to operate on a full piped system. It’s rated at 650 CFM’s, so it is less capable than the Harbor Freight. I can say that I use it on a regular basis and don’t have any complaints.

In addition to the Dust Right collector, which comes standard with a bottom bag and a top cloth filter, I opted for the canister filter that also has an agitator. The agitator is a paddle on the inside that you can spin by turning a handle on the outside of the collector and as the paddle makes contact with filter pleats on the inside it knocks the dust loose, which will fall and settle in the bottom of the bag. This is a way to clean the filter rather than taking it off to clean. Worth the investment in my opinion.

  • 3/4 HP
  • 120V, 12A
  • Wall mount or floor mount
  • 4” intake
  • 15 gallon bag
  • “Z” bracket installation

Price is around $225 for the collector (click here)

Dust Right dust collector

Price for the canister filter with agitator is around $180 (click here)

Dust Right canister filter

Links mentioned in the video

Dust Collection System (budget system) Video: https://youtu.be/3YT0b8MNLT4

• Dust collector 2hp, Central Machinery: http://amzn.to/2spq9Q1

• Dust collector, Dust Right: http://amzn.to/2trZu4F

• 4″ dust separator kit: http://amzn.to/2t8kf2M

• 4″ dust port adapter: http://amzn.to/2sYTKhI

• 4″ self cleaning blast gate: http://amzn.to/2sorgPM

• 4″ angled dust port: http://amzn.to/2ts8Op1

• 4″ to 2″ Y dust fitting: http://amzn.to/2ttfymq

• 4″ Y fitting: http://amzn.to/2t8z0T9

• 4″ to 2.25″ reducer (for shopvac): http://amzn.to/2txtX1K

• 4″ 3-way junction dust fitting: http://amzn.to/2s99gEP

• Jointer dust hood, 4″: http://amzn.to/2sprG8J

• Table saw dust hood, 4″: http://amzn.to/2ts5vOS

• 5″ to 4″ reducer, Delta: http://amzn.to/2txuBwc

• Dust hose clear, 2.5″ x 10′: http://amzn.to/2stVMms

• Dust hose clear, 4″ x 50′: http://amzn.to/2stMbwa

• Foil tape: http://amzn.to/2u6sYCD

• Hose clamp, 2.5″: http://amzn.to/2t8fdDs

• Hose clamp, 4″: http://amzn.to/2sur5NU

• Shop Vac, 1.5 gal: http://amzn.to/2sZ72eb

• Shop Vac, 5 gal: http://amzn.to/2s9ykLU

• Shop Vac, 12 gal: http://amzn.to/2ts4ENX

• Shop Vac hose, 2.5″: http://amzn.to/2ursjuO

• Dust hose, small port universal: http://amzn.to/2u6zI3r

Tools used in this post

Video Equipment and Electronics:

• DSLR camera and mic, Canon/Rode: http://amzn.to/2urN0qA

• Camera battery pack, Canon: http://amzn.to/2sudLcx

• Tripod, Manfrotto: http://amzn.to/2s9MHjB

• Mic for voiceover, Snowball: http://amzn.to/2spgI2K

• Backpack for laptop (modified for camera): http://amzn.to/2sppNsC

• Memory card, 64gb: http://amzn.to/2s9hPzC

• Memory card waterproof case: http://amzn.to/2suLliC

• Laptop, MacBook: http://amzn.to/2urnDFx

• Network Attached Storage, 6TB: http://amzn.to/2suvRLu

Other tools I use


*Most of the links listed above are Amazon Affiliate links

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  1. I have a Harbor Freight 2 hp dust collector, that I converted to a ” cyclon type “. Have used this for 3 months, using my planer and table saw daily. There is about a 3″ diameter of very fine saw dust in my plastic bag.( which l cut in half). The collection drum is 35 gallons and is very easy to empty.
    I made my own cyclon , about 16” in diameter. The filter is for a tractor trailer, and is 99.5 efficient. Cost was 80$. Total cost my unit was about 225$. Best thing I have used and made for dust!
    Thanks Bob


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