Clear Vue dust collector install #1: Getting started - day 1

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Blog entry by BillyJ posted 07-30-2010 06:52 AM 4465 reads 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I finally finished the cabinet doors for my client, and at this moment my next job will not begin for another week or two. Thus, it’s time for me to turn my attention to the neglected shop. I mentioned that I had purchased probably the last Clear Vue dust collector from the previous owner, Ed Morgano, back in May. My first order of business – complete the dust collector room.

I had already dedicated a place for the collector when I moved in, and roughed in the area. I knew I was either going to buy a cyclone some day, or at the very least, use my Jet collector. If left with the last option, I would still have to pipe the shop (and I would probably not be able to use the unit efficiently – a selling point for me to use in convincing my wife that I should purchase a new one).

I’m going to put some foam boards on the walls to cut down on some noise.


The room is 3’ wide by 4’ deep, with a ceiling height of 11’ 2”. I put furnace filters on top to allow heat to escape. I know how those 5 hp motors can get after using them on a hot summer day!


After finishing the top, I turned my attention to painting the parts. I’ve read some blogs where people said they would not purchase a Clear Vue because it had to be put together. Well, I enjoy putting things together, and feel I will be able to customize this way beyond any welded dust collector – that was one of the selling points for me.

DC parts

The parts you see are for the motor and blower housing, and some clips. I primed them, and intend to paint the parts black, with a white mounting bracket for the motor (at the point of these pictures, I had not built them).

Although I already wired the room for 220v, and also have a light in the closet, I’m going to rewire with a junction box, some switches (so I can work on it without having to flip the circuit), and the relay. That will be in my next blog.

Getting itchy for this collector to do it’s job!!!!

-- I've never seen a tree that I wouldn't like to repurpose into a project. I love the smell of wood in the morning - it smells like victory.

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John Ormsby

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#1 posted 07-30-2010 07:34 AM

Looking good. I have had my Clearvue for many years and love it. I heard someone has purchased Clearvue from Ed and has the website going. I built a steel frame with rubber cushions for the collector. It reduced the niose quite a bit. Insulating the walls should help more. Cyclones are noisy but worth the investment. There are many tools that must be used with a dust collector.

Have Fun, John

-- Oldworld, Fair Oaks, Ca

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#2 posted 07-30-2010 10:06 AM

This looks like a fun project.
I have seen how nice others have customized their clear vues on the web site.
Good luck with the rest of this installation, and thanks for posting your progress.

-- Aaron - central California "If you haven't got the time to do it right, when will you find the time to do it over?"

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#3 posted 07-30-2010 11:57 AM

Nice work, looking forward to seeing the finished product!

-- spanky46 -- Never enough clamps...Never enough tools...Never enough time.

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#4 posted 07-30-2010 01:11 PM

Good for you BJ, hope it does what you expect it too. I bought the HF 139.00 special, but am cleaning the shop first before installing it. Yea, you heard me right, I’m finally cleaning the shop with the help of Dave Craig and Rustic Rick. I got a pile outside the garage about 10’ high, the wife wants to add to it from the basement before we call the junk man to haul it away.
The see through collector will be invaluable. Good luck buddy. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#5 posted 07-30-2010 06:00 PM

lookin good so far BJ

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#6 posted 07-30-2010 07:06 PM

Thanks guys. I’ve always dreamed of having a shop with dedicated piping for dust collection. The Jet did me well when I was in the garage and had my machines in close quarters. But now that I’m here, I have to push from machine to machine. I’m working on the electrical box now, hope to finish that today.

-- I've never seen a tree that I wouldn't like to repurpose into a project. I love the smell of wood in the morning - it smells like victory.

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#7 posted 07-31-2010 03:32 PM

Bill, I need to redo my collection system too—-now you have shamed me into actually doing it. Our friendship may just put me in the soup line.

I’ll just tell Cynthia it is all your fault.


-- TulsaWoodSmith, Tulsa, OK The tools aren't the problem-It's the organic interface!

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#8 posted 01-02-2012 06:53 AM

Did you run a Ground Wire through the Duct?
Static Electricity can be explosive.
Looks good…How many hours are involved

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