Dust collector system

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Blog entry by Clement posted 08-03-2009 07:06 PM 1085 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I started out with, what I believe is a 1.5 HP Jet from Low’s. I originally hooked up to router table, with flex, 4 in.

Well Here is my Dust colector set up at the presrnt time. I know that it can be improved upon, so I will welcome all suggestions for improvement.

I decided to add a few tools, and thought that I would run some 4 in. pvc around the back wall.

Please excuse the formating of this blog, as you can see, I am just in the learning stages of this new medium.

Thanks for viewing , and do come back with any suggestions.

May God Bless,

-- Clement, from Longview in East Texas

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#1 posted 08-03-2009 08:43 PM

I would suggest to use Y fittings in lieu of the T fittings whenever possible. It looks as though you have nice straight runs of PVC, and that’s always good. Is your DC a 1 HP? If so there is only so far you can go before you lose lots of suction.

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#2 posted 08-03-2009 08:59 PM


You are right, it does say one HP on the side. I will see if I can fit a few Y fittings in where ever possibly.
Thanks for the suggestion,

-- Clement, from Longview in East Texas

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#3 posted 08-03-2009 09:06 PM

very nice setup. I’m curious though if you notice any significant drop in suction at different length of the pipe?

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#4 posted 08-03-2009 09:28 PM


Nice setup, what was stated already was what I was going to suggest. Another item worth noting…

I am pretty sure the dust bags on that are not 1 micron or better. And that is a pretty small DC, pullling at most 650 CFM. A pleated cartridge filter would be a great addition, and would help that thing get the most out of what CFM is available. But lacking that, I would at least get a set of 1 micron bags on that DC.

You don’t want to spit the dust you just picked up back into the air. And the most dangerous dust is under 5 microns. I think those 650s had 30 micron bags…

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#5 posted 08-03-2009 10:34 PM

All the above are excellent suggestions….especially about using smaller particulate filtering. This fine dust is the smallest and hardest to see and it is also what you really need to reduce…it’s extremely bad on equipment…and doubly bad to your lungs.

I would also recommend that you check into a cylconic filter to get the big stuff quicker and make disposal easier ….as it will save you collection bags and is alot easier to empty. You can make your own with a trash can…and punch two holes in top….one for the inlet and one for the outlet hoses….make sure you place them on opposing sides. There are plans for bigger and better ones online….it just depends on your wallet and your desire to cut down on the dust…

Also, with the bag top filters….it is hard to clean the top bag without having the fine dust flying everywhere…The cannisters have a slapper that you can turn that loosens the dust so that it falls into the collection bag…that is why the cannisters are also more efficient…and of course more expensive. With the bags, make sure you take them outside, turn them inside out…and beat the heck out of them with a smooth stick….stand upwind of the dust too…

An easy addition is to build yourself a table top or mountable air filter….you can make a plywood square box open on the opposing sides, and purchase a used or new squirrel cage blower….mount some furnace filters on one side (I use the two permanent washable ones and two inexpensive throw aways using dado slots to slide them in) and have the blower blow out the opposite side….(thus pulling the air through the filters) – if you place it near the DC it should catch the fine dust that escapes the bag. I made mine from a restaurant kitchen hood blower…and it gets more dust then my 2.5hp DC, and only cost me about $25.00 for blower and materials…I saw in one shop where the guy funneled the air from his collection pipe through a cyclone then through a box filter with the blower….and then to the DC….this “double stage” creation seemed to work ok…and the dust level of his shop was definitely lowered….

needless to say – my .02cents – add a buck and you might get a cup of coffee somewhere.

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#6 posted 08-04-2009 05:06 AM

Hi Clement

I do not know if you want to put in a whole new dust collection system but you might want to go to my blog “Dust Collection In”. It might give you some ideas as how to run your duct work. Good Luck!

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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