Recently I picked up the Dewalt 735 lunchbox planer. I’m still setting up my basement shop, so for a few months the planer was living on the concrete floor. Now if you’ve ever turned one of these planers on without any chip collection attached, you know what a mess it can make! I only did it once. After seeing the Dewalt chip collection accessory, DW7353, is no longer in production I decided to pick up a cheap cyclone and attach it to a shop vac. I bought the Rockler dust right cyclone, which has 2.5 inch hose attachments.
The box that the Rockler dust right cyclone came in has a picture of the Dewalt planer right on it, attached to the cyclone. In my experience, this is false advertising. What happened to me was the two piece bucket (you can see the seam in the above picture) was not air tight and chips from the 735 blew right out of the seam! They also blew out around the cyclone bucket lid, since its also not a tight air seal. Not only that, but some chips would fall back onto the planer table because the air flow was not sufficient even though it was attached to a 6.5 hp shop vac. The chips would smoosh into any wood you fed through the planer from the force of the rollers, and some of the chips would fly up and nick the blades.
I decided continuing to use the dust right was not an option, and I was not ready to buy a whole shop cyclone just yet. My idea, which is a combination of my own thoughts and browsing numerous forums, was to basically build an air tight box with a bin or box in the bottom to collect the chips and some cloth or air filters to let the air escape. The box would also serve to support the planer. In my shop, mobility is a plus so I decided the box would need casters. Next entry I’ll get started.