Next Tool or Dust Collection...
Hello all. First let me say that I'm learning quite a bit from this forum and truly appreciate all the knowledge shared here.
While reading other posts, I have begun to look into the next step in building a better shop for this hobbyist.
It seemed pretty clear that a planer/jointer was likely a good next step at first. Right now HD and Lowe's are really the only regular source of lumber for me and I haven't even graduated to using oak yet! My wife loves the look of pine and oak. No exotic woods expected for me anytime soon. Now it seems the planer/jointer may not be the next tool to buy - right?
Anyway with regard to dust collection - I've been using my shop-vac to capture the larger dust particles and chips since aquiring my TS3650 but don't have it hooked up to anything else. It was just really cool to be able to hook up the hose of the shop-vac to the table saw!
Perhaps dust collection is the best direction to look for me at this time. I had pneumonia last year for the first time and my lungs seem to be rather sensitive since then. My shop is located in one bay of the two car garage and moved out to both bays when a project is underway.
Whew...that's a lot of background info, but I hope for good reason.
Here's an article I just read: Any thoughts? Thanks in advance!!!
Next Tool or Dust Collection
I would recommend that a good quality dust collector be your next purchase. You indicate that your lungs seem more sensitive since your Pneumonia so I would think that a dust collector would be the best idea. There are a number of different models and capacities available so you should be able to pick one that will work well for you. I would also recomend that if you can you get one with a 1 micron cartridge filter instead of a top bag. I think that the filter would remove a greater percentage of the fine particles that are the most hazardous to your health.
Just my opinion for what it's worth
DC next - jointer/planer later?
Ken and Chiz,
Thanks for the responses. After I read my own post a couple times it became apparent that a DC unit is likely the way to go with the next few dollars I have to spend. Sometimes when you write it down and "air it out" the answer becomes clearer. Thanks for backing up what I suspected.
Now, i'll be reading other posts more closely regarding dust collection.
On a side note, I have taken to wearing a mask more often and do have a respirator with replaceable cartridges. I'll keep them close until I do something about DC.
On the jointer/planer issue - Seems like it's not a big issue if I'm buying preplaned Oak, Doug Fir, Poplar and Maple at HD or Lowes' Yes? No?
Speaking of Penn State...
I was looking at the DC2000B on Penn State's website and it's selling for $259.95 with $60 shipping.
It stacks up pretty close to to the Gizz but it's $45 cheaper.
I REALLY like the Gizz 1029 (that was going to be my choice) but the Penn State DC2000 is about the same for less money and it comes with 1 micron bags.
Does anyone already have the DC2000 model? If so how do you like it?
Anyone have opinions on the DC2000 compared to the rizz 1029? If you were in my shoes, which would you choose? (wow, nice rhyme) :p