Vortex Dust Collector Modification using a 14" wok #3 Conclusions/Observations'& Opinions

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Blog entry by Toolz posted 08-16-2011 06:36 PM 8200 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This morning I jointed an sanded a 16”x36” x4/4 piece of the “mystery wood” that I have since learned is probably American Sycamore. I have a metal trash can with a Woodcraft lid used as a pre-separator that catches the large chips etc. from the jointer. After milling and sanding I removed the canister to take a look. Wonder of wonders it did not have nearly as much sawdust caked as I had expected to see. I think removing the copper tubes that I used to lower the wok was the correct thing to do. I have no idea how well the Jet Vortex works but this wok modification seems to be a definite improvement vs. no modification at all. I realize that Jet wants to sell “complete DC systems” but in my opinion they are missing the boat by not offering an aftermarket Vortex retrofit for existing DC systems. Since most DC systems are manufactured (I believe) in the same overseas factories it would seem they would have a large market for such an aftermarket item.

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#1 posted 08-16-2011 06:47 PM

so did you raise the wok
by taking out the spacers
or just leave it at the same height

Mary Anne and i were doing the same to her system
and the placement of the ‘dish’ in relation to the ‘intake’
was in question

should it be lower or higher (or in the middle)
of the incoming stream

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#2 posted 08-16-2011 06:56 PM

Initially I used 1 1/2” spacers to lower the wok. But it seemed to be too far below the intake. After removing them it is now sited where the intake stream is directed at about the midpoint of the depth of the wok. This seems to work much better. . Glad to hear you made it home OK David. I bet buddy was glad to see you. Larry

-- Larry "Work like a Captain but Play like a Pirate!"

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