It isn't necessary to spend mountains of cash for a dust-collection system that will connect simultaneously to every machine in your shop. You can get effective dust collection from a modest, 1 1/2 hp machine as long as you fit it with an effective filter and set it up correctly. Woodworker Michael Standish tested 10 moderate-sized dust collectors to determine how they perform in a typical shop environment. His conclusion? While they all look alike, there are key differences in performance.

Models tested include the Bridgewood BW-105A, Craftsman 21337, Delta 50-760, Delta 50-850, General 10-105, Grizzly G1028Z, JDS Dust-Force, Jet DC-1100A, Penn State Industries DC2V2, and Shop Fox W1685.

From Fine Woodworking #183