I have a small shop, 24′ x 14′, 7.5′ high ceiling. My current dust collection system is a 6hp sears shop vac hooked up to a chip separator. It is noisy and marginally effective. The tools I use it on are a 13″ planer, 6″ jointer, table saw, and a router table. I simply plug the hose into each tool (with 4″ to 2.5″ reducers) as I need to.
I am considering a “dedicated” dust collection system, but I have two questions. Is my ceiling height going to be a problem? The 7.5′ height is to the bottom of the joists, and the ceiling is insulated with paper backed fiberglass. The other question is noise. I have not worked around a dust collection system that is in the “open area” of the shop. Will it be any louder than my old sears shop vac?
Considering the size of my shop, and the floor space I will have to allocate, am I wasting my time and money? I have considered placing the dust collector outside, but I live in a cold climate (Northern Michigan), and I live in a residential neighborhood (noise factor).
Any suggestions will be appreciated.