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For all of you DC collectors, floor sweeps = awesome or are they?

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Blog entry by Blackie_ posted 762 days ago 1570 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

For those of you that have DC collection systems how often do you find your self emptying your cyclone and bag? Having a floor sweep added to your DC is so convenient just sweep right in and away it goes cool huh? But is it really a good thing? I added one to mine but haven’t used it in months due to the fact all it’s doing is filling my bag up quicker thus I’m having to take the time going through the routine of empting the bag when instead I can use this standing dust pan which stands on its own allowing me to sweep debree and empty, quick and easy.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs



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woodshaver

2740 posts in 1958 days


#1 posted 762 days ago

Good point Mr. Blackie! I do the dust pan thing also!

-- Tony C , My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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patron

12977 posts in 1946 days


#2 posted 762 days ago

like many i have been tempted to get the whole floor sweep rig
but as i have no bags or cans (i just blow everything outside into the dessert)
having more hose and toys taking up space in the shop
seems counter productive to me

and the dust on the floor has ‘debris’ in it
from glue glops to wrappers and tape clumps

so i too sweep that up and take it to the dump
with all other house and shop trash

don’t need to have it messing up the land
straight clean sawdust is good for the soil

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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dbhost

5378 posts in 1837 days


#3 posted 762 days ago

I went to the time and effort to make my own floor sweep, only to go back to the dust pan method… The crud that was going into my floor sweep was kind of big anyway…

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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DS

2131 posts in 1025 days


#4 posted 762 days ago

The floor sweep is nice, but, I usually scoop up the big stuff first and use the sweep for the finer dust and shavings so I don’t have to fuss so much. The finer stuff usually gets accumilated in front of the sweep until it is cleanup time.

Emptying the dust bag doesn’t bother me. If I’m making sawdust, I’m also making money.
More sawdust = more money. I can dig it.

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS251

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cabmaker

1292 posts in 1414 days


#5 posted 762 days ago

There ok. Just remember that if your using a bag type unit everything you sweep into the floor sweep will have to make it past your impeller. Best suited for a cyclone type. If your in a garage size shop, I dont see it as even remotely neccessary.

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DS

2131 posts in 1025 days


#6 posted 762 days ago

Two-stage seperator is on the list… :-D

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS251

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Blackie_

3293 posts in 1117 days


#7 posted 762 days ago

DS but wouldn’t you make even more if you were emptying the bag less? I’m in my shop 8 – 10 hours a day so I generate a lot of dust so for me time is money and it’s much quicker for me to seep into a pan, you have to sweep anyway no matter what.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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Roger

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#8 posted 762 days ago

Blackie, if you don’t have any DC, I hope you are wearing a dust mask out there. Dust is bad fer the lungs man. I don’t have the floor sweep deal, so I still gotta sweep too, but, nothing will ever be completely dust-free. I like seein your projects, so git you some dust collection o some sort. :)

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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Blackie_

3293 posts in 1117 days


#9 posted 762 days ago

Roger you need to go look at my work shop :) and yes I ware a mask too.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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gfadvm

10604 posts in 1295 days


#10 posted 762 days ago

Randy, My shop made chip separator took all the hassle out of emptying that plastic bag. (no clamps or fuss)

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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crashn

518 posts in 1070 days


#11 posted 761 days ago

+1 on the chip separator. I have emptied the 50 gallon trash can at least 50 times and have not had to empty the bag yet. It maybe has a gallon of really fine dust in it.

-- Crashn - the only thing I make more of than sawdust is mistakes

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Blackie_

3293 posts in 1117 days


#12 posted 761 days ago

unfortunately the room I built outside my shop for the DC I didn’t make it big enough for a cyclone or separator :(

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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Jim Jakosh

11099 posts in 1710 days


#13 posted 757 days ago

I would not use one because I like sweeping the shop floor and picking up all the chips every day so I don’t track them into the carpeted room off my shop. They way I look at it is I’m getting aerobic exercise by doing it. My barrel fill up fast enough with the dust deputy on top. It collects from my band saw, planer and drum sander and I use it to clean off the machines every so often.
.....................Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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