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  1. Different strokes for different folks. Some think that everyone should own a industrial cabinet table saw, I don't. I'm not a big believer in the added expense of pleated cartridge filters, unless I would need to reduce the height of the filter because of a low ceiling issue. The bag filter that your using now is maybe better then the old 30 micron bags from the older days. If thats good enough for you thats all that matters. For just a little more money there are much better investments in a DC. The dust collector that I use came with a true one micron felt bag, and came setup to easily add a onboard 2 stage dust separator to it, plus I also use a air filtration unit. I do not vent outside because of the reasons that some have already explained.
  2. Sure, the Oneida's may be more expensive, and there is a reason, they are made in the USA with Baldor motors. They are built better. But don't get me wrong, I'm not sold on all of Oneida's products, when it comes to their mini cyclones that sit ontop of a 5 gal bucket, the inlet is so high up that I consider them very easy to tip over. I have side inlet separators that are a lot less prone to tipping over, and take up less vertical space. As far as the health reasons sales pitch, if your concerned about your health, wear a dust mask, in most cases you are not going to capture every spec of dust from every machine. Dust collection to me is less dust settling on everything, reduced clean up time, and the sooner I can take a dust mask off.
  3. John and Cal, unlike most here, I'm not retired and I doubt that I'll ever be able too. For a while now I've been looking for work, I tried my own thing with dust collection improvements and that has turned out to be a huge disappointment. Right now I don't need to be around a lot of people that do not value my experience, time, and ideas. Not saying that some of you wouldn't, but just a simple thank you does not pay the bills, and because of that I don't share as much with people as I use too.
  4. Be careful with what you say. Call me stupid if you wish, but I was a meat cutter for about 20 years. 10 of those years in a packing plant deboning and trimming pork legs to be hams. it wasn't an easy job juggling pork legs, and I did put pride in my work.
  5. Naw John, your a little different. You have advertisers, and you ask for donations, plus you have people working in this forum for free. Your more inclined to promote anything woodworking related, I'm not. I gave that up about a year or so ago and could careless about promoting woodworking and tool and machine retailers, etc. It's not worth it, and not my job. My experience with it all became a total waste of time. Nowdays everyone just wants to take advantage of you if you let them, those days are over for me. It's not like the days all that long ago where if you had a good idea you had a chance to be recognized and compensated for it from a magazine. Two of my ideas were recognized and I received a small amount of compensation for them, but who cares right ? If you think that I'm the only one that has lost a lot of the passion for woodworking, your just fooling yourself.
  6. You definitely have a different opinion then most of what the description of a blue collar worker is and does.
  7. Gotta luv the support in this country for the blue collar workers that made this country what it WAS. It's not hard to see why Delta sold out, and is now a small fraction of what it use to be.
  8. How is that fair ? Did you forget about the investment in tools and machinery, plus the upkeep on all of them. The dangerous and unhealthy work environment that woodworkers work in ? The time it takes to plan out and do custom work. Does the woodworker not deserve to make a respectable profit to live and support a family ? If not, then woodworking obviously becomes less attractive to people, and the consumer will have less choices.
  9. I wouldn't be so sure that the woodworker really got his price. More then likely he settled on a price.
  10. With that many years of experience, by now it really should be no surprise to you that there is very little to no compensation in it out there.
  11. The reason that I like it is that it is the method that I learned to use when I took a mechanical drafting class in high school, and I enjoyed it, plus I like antiques. I've had a conversation about drafting manually, and on the computer with my brother inlaw that is a draftsman, and what I got out of it was that it really isn't all that much faster to do on the computer, so thats why I have shied away from the extra expense and time to learn it on a computer. I don't do a lot of drafting, mainly just when I'm designing dust collection projects, such as dust hoods and dust separators.
  12. I'm not sure that I care much for the way the featherboard is supported. Sitting on top of what looks like only a 3/4" or 1" wide surface.
  13. I'm still stuck in the stone age, and use a antique POSTS drafting table and a Universal Drafting Machine Co. arm that I restored years ago.
  14. In todays environment I generally buy used, but the manufacturers have made that risky also because they quit making parts for older stuff. As much as I luv older Delta, I hate their parts situation, which they did intentionally when they sold out, perhaps forcing some with broken machines to scrap them and buy new. It's disgusting.
  15. Pretty sad. I cringe every time I see someone buy a HF 2 hp dust collector, ( or any other HF merchandise ) then spend more money on a pleated filter, and who knows how much time reconfiguring the DC in a manner that the motor is positioned vertically. I really question whether the bearings in that cheap of a motor can handle a side load for long. For about the same price, maybe a little more as the HF DC and a pleated filter, I have something that I didn't have to reconfigure, the resale value is much better, it does a better job, and I'm much more proud to own it. To me it's worth the little extra in cost. I learned my lesson long ago, I had a cheap set of no name bar clamps. When you tighten them the foot walks all over the place, Pony's do not do that, plus they don't rust as easily. You get what you pay for folks, I'm not saying that you have to go out and and buy Festool, a gimmicky SawStop, or even a industrial grade cabinet saw, exc for your hobby shop. I don't, and probably never will. I've been a woodworker long enough to know exactly what I need, and what I don't. In other words I know how to spend my money wisely without buying garbage. But who cares right ?

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