I’ve recently been in the market for a new dust collector. I really care about filtration, but do I really need a shop fox or grizzly portable cyclone, or should I go for a cheaper single stage model. I am just a hobbyist with a small shop in a two car garage. Any recommendations?
I recently joined the ranks of woodworkers that use a dust collector. In my case I purchased a 2 HP mobile cyclone unit from Laguna Tools. The following two videos show my experience purchasing, setting up, and using the dust collector. Although I’ll be keeping the dust collector for reasons explained in the video, in the end I wish that I had bought a competing product from another company. In this second part of my review I wrap up some of the frustrations that I’ve expe...
I have been looking into dust collection units for the shop. I have been using fairly small shop vacs to try and contain some of the sawdust but, obviously, they are not going to work very well for items like the jointer planer I have. I was trying to work out the obstacles to picking up the HF 2HP dust collector, but I was going to have to find a dedicated circuit I could hook the thing up to. 20 amps is quite the draw and there were also the space considerations. Last week, my father in ...
I told you what happened to me the other day about my sawdust storm. You can check out my forum topic about this. Whenever I had to operate the cleanup flappers, I had to climb a ladder. It was really awkward. Besides that I could only turn the lever a little over 180 degrees, because it is located in a corner. So I put my thinking cap on, & jerry-rigged a cranking mechanism. I dug around in all of my stash of junk, & found just what I needed. The pulleys, ...
Make a Dewalt 733 planer dust hood for less then 5 bucks This is my first blog so I hope I get it right. I bought a used 733 a few months ago that did not come with a dust collection hood. After getting it home I had to try it out, ran a pine board through it and blew chips and dust 5 foot . Well being frugal as I am, no make that cheap I decided to try and make something to get me by until I could find a factory hood. This is what I came up with, I have been using it for a few month...
Back by popular demand. Please note the following disclaimer: This is a prototype design. The purpose of the video is to demonstrate a system that began in my head and materialized in my wood shop as a test platform. The system works as conceived but in no way represents proper wiring techniques or local code compliance. The system is in no way meant to be duplicated. Please consult a qualified electrician before attempting to install any electrical device in your home. Original Post...
Having assembled my shop equipment, and watching Stumpy Nubbs show on chip collection for the lower budget…MINE! LOL! Went to my local box stores to purchase a trash can and I was sorely disappointed at the quality of the product in more than one store. At present I have no money for tools. So I remembered the burn barrel I purchased last year for $&.%). Checked it out…price increase. 10 bucks! Had to clean out dried peanut oil! Another fun task? Lots of fun c...
I was lucky enough to get the popular Harbor Freight 2 HP dust collector for Christmas. People have modified that thing in every way imaginable, so I found plenty of inspiration out there when planning what to do with mine. I decided to keep it fairly simple: a Thien baffle inside the dust collector’s separator ring, to hopefully keep the dust in the bag and not in the filter. A lot of people have done this mod, but most of them don’t post pictures because it is so simple. So I fi...
Some time ago, I was working in the shop completely oblivious to what Mimi was doing. After a few hours, I emerged from the basement to see “that look”. What!- I said. To which she replied- “look at all this dust, I just finished cleaning!” Well, I was lucky enough to get a great score on a Delta dust collection system, off of Craig’s List, and that has helped with the stationary power tools. Sanding dust, however, has been more elusive. Looking over the Grizzly ...
GaryK posted a blog about trying to get his dust collector modified with a canister filter. I was thinking about doing the same, and after his post I checked into the requirements. This is my existing setup. It is a Grizzly dust collector with a 2 HP motor. The metal ring in the middle measured 19” across. I called Grizzly and they have an item called an additional cannister. Not sure if that means you can stack one on top of another or what. But I asked and they said that i...
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