Popular Post bleedinblue Posted March 30 Popular Post Report Share Posted March 30 I haven't made a major tool purchase since my Hammer four'ish years ago. I've got spousal clearance for a Sawstop and was approved several months ago. But. Now I'm wondering if I should skip the SS and get a big boy dust collector instead. My table saw is a perfectly OK Grizzly 715. My dust collector is a highly modified Harbor Freight unit. The Rikon impeller, the massive canister filter, the big Dust Deputy cyclone, and fixed 4" piping to the table saw, jointer/planer, and drum sander. We have a new baby coming next month. My shop is in the basement. I HATE, HATE HATE HATE beating out my dust collector canister filter, which needs to be done a couple or few times a year to keep suction up. And like the OG Eric used to say, anything less than a 5 HP dust collector basically just gathers the mess, it doesn't help with the harmful fine dust particles that Bill Pence has written extensively on. But then I think...what if I get the dust collector and then have an accident on my TS? I'd have a tough time explaining my decision. But...on that topic, I am stupid anal about push sticks. Ya'll would probably make fun of me. Any cut slimmer than 12 inches and I probably have a push stick or a pad in EACH hand. Plus, based on space alone, I will need to sell my existing table saw before I even take delivery on the SS. Then I'm back to getting a 450 pound machine through my yard to my walk out...again. And that sucks. But maybe my aversion to this is just laziness. I think I'll need to go with the 3 HP PCS, and with the dust collector, I'm digging the idea of the Oneida Supercell for it's compactness and ability to use 4" ducting. But if the Clearvue goes on sale again for less than $2200 and free shipping, that would be very tempting too. Realistically, barring a financial or societal collapse in the coming years, whichever I DON'T buy now I'll likely pick up in the near future anyway. I'm ranting. Listening for thoughts. I'll try to check back in sooner than three months from now. 2 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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