There is a simple reason for the delay in this install – I don’t like to spend money on things I will not use. Yes, I will use the dust collector, but I had to convince myself that adding the vibration isolator brackets would be worth the investment in the long run.
I changed a couple of things in the motor mount bracket. First, rather than using the MDF (not that it would have been bad), I made a plywood motor mount. If you haven’t visited Bill Pentz’s web page on dust collection, you owe it to yourself (http://billpentz.com/woodworking/cyclone/index.cfm). Talk about an education!
In his discussion on noise control, he suggests attaching a vibration isolator. I used one from Granger (Mason – 5C141). I decided on a change in color, thus they are painted yellow. Oh, btw – they are $32 each! Guess I can’t return them now.
Although the original mounting connectors were 1/4-20 bolts attached to a 1/4-20 t-nut, I knocked out the t-nut and drilled a 3/8” clearance hole. I decided to go with the maximum sized bolt diameter that was on the vibration isolation bracket, and used fender washers for extra holding power on the wood.
The instructions supplied with the dust collector are very good and easy to follow. Anyone using their head would have followed those directions, but I would have had to call someone to come over. Instead, I lifted the 5 HP Leeson motor, motor mount, and attached brackets, to the wall brackets without anyone being there (9’ 6” up). Sure it was easy. Now comes the hard part – installing the impeller! A bit lighter, but I will still be fighting gravity in snugging it up to the motor shaft.
I also started with the electrical. I cannibalized a Ace Lamson HW2190 outdoor remote switch and am going to hook it up to the relay. So far I’ve started mounting everything into the PVC box. Next, run the wires. I am going to also install two switches – one for the 110v relay / remote, and another for the 220v motor. That will allow me to make any changes without having to worry about dangling hot wires.
I’m hoping to have a test-run this weekend. So far, everything is going together quite well.
-- 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.