After finalizing the separator and attaching it to a couple machines I notice the lack of suction, especially on my router. The top 2 1/2” hose doesn’t pull in chips like it used to and the box is lacking as well.
That being said I decided to hold off putting anymore money into the system I wanted to build, I think it’s a great design with the motor above and the separator along with a Wynn filter attached to a clean out, eliminating the bag system and HF filter. The HF motor(1.5hp~ish)/impellers(10 3/4”) doesn’t pull enough CFM to run the ducting design and separator I want in my shop.
I know I had plans to install ducting with blast gates to all my machines but at this moment I thinks its a waste of money due to the lack of suction. I’m better off holding out and just living with what I have and saving my money to put towards a better DC down the road, that way I can get a larger main line(6” or 7”). I’m looking for a DC system where all my major tools have excellent air flow to get majority of the cuttings back to the trash can / cyclone, right now I’m lacking that with the HF w/ the separator. My longest run(Band Saw) would have been 20’ including flex and separator. I probably would have had a very low CFM at my further tools.
When or if the HF DC bites the dust I’m thinking of the 2.5HP TEMPEST “S” Series Cyclone Dust Collector with 14” Aluminum Impeller. I won’t have any problems running ducting to all my tools plus a couple floor sweeps.
Here is the video I made the other day after completing the separator before I decided to stop my plans of installing the Wynn filter and ducting to my tools.
So I finally got around to playing with the INCRA router today, I was able to see the potential of the precision and accuracy of the fine system. I will be using these in our walnut bedroom set I plan to build one of these days.
-- Lance, Hook'em HORNS! ""V""