TIW Ep 28 - Dust Collection in my Sawdust Factory Part 1

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Blog entry by Shawn Sealer posted 07-21-2012 02:44 PM 5455 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Adding a Grizzly wall mounted dust collector. To control the dust in what my wife called “My Dust Factory”.

-- -Shawn

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#1 posted 07-21-2012 03:21 PM

Congrats on the DC. A DC system is an absolute must for those of us with small shops. I have a HF system that I have yet to put into action. I have to make the room for it first. Once I get it into the shop I’ll do a short review on how I set things up. Amprage and lighting are something that I need to address as well. I would certainly be interested in how you solve your lighting issues. Do you plan to vlog it?

-- Doug - Make an effort to live by the slogan "We try harder"

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#2 posted 07-21-2012 05:25 PM

I wanted to cry when the breaker kicked. I may cry yet. I hope you and your father in law can get you working dust free shortly.

-- Losing is the same as winning only backwards

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#3 posted 07-21-2012 06:41 PM

Hi Shawn, congrats on the new dust collector, I have the almost identical Rockler unit. Mine came with a 30 micron bag as standard which is not adequate and so I quickly purchased the 5 micron bag which was an additional $31. This is an improvement but a noticeable amount of fine dust still escapes. This type of DC is fine provided you don’t get too ambitious with it, i.e. trying to connect to multiple machines using long runs. You will certainly need to use a separator if you connect it to a planer or jointer, otherwise the hose will rapidly clog. Hopefully you will get your electrical issues sorted soon!

-- Stuart

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#4 posted 07-22-2012 01:08 AM

Instead of a bag, pipe the fine dust outside. That way you can be sure the very fine and health damaging dust stays out of your shop.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#5 posted 07-22-2012 01:02 PM

Several problems with expelling the fine dust outside: sucking out heat/ac in the shop, and you need make up air. Also, it’s noisy outside if you have neighbors. I have a Wynn filter. Seems to do the job very well. Highly recommended by many here at LJ’s.

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Shawn Sealer

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#6 posted 07-28-2012 06:51 PM

Thanks All

nobuckle, I do plan on doing videos on the install. I am just waiting for my father in law to help. How much I video also depends on how much my father in law wants to be on camera. jholt32, I did a temp fix so I could use the dust collector. It is working temporarily. Sanity, I would like to get a 1 micron bag for the collector but they are hard to find. I do see an air cleaner in my future. Exelectrician, I world like to blow the dust outside, but it has the side effect of my town home neighbors blowing my head off with a shotgun. Ceo, I will look into the Wynn Filter.


-- -Shawn

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