Yes, this is ANOTHER Thien Top Hat Pre-Seperator B(uild) log, or blog if you will!!! I have the in/famous HF 2HP DC, which has been “Hot Rodded”, but that will be another blog entry. My build was inspired by Pitbull over on In The Workshop with Charles Neil. While that build inspired me, I took many liberties and ultimately came up with my own design. (FYI: I’m using a 30 gallon galvanized trash can as my collection bin.) While researching the build, I stumpled upon th...
A few months back I bought a 1HP, 13 gallon bag HF dust collector at a very good price, new in box during a sidewalk sale at HF.I think I paid around $60 for it but the wife tells me it was actually only $35.It was an open box, but I couldn’t see where there was anything missing or anything that had even been put together and taken apart. I plugged it in at the store and it seemed to run just fine so I took a chance and bought it. I set it up in the shop, using 4” thin wall pip...
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...
I modified my Harbor Freight dust collector. I run it through a dust separator first which works like a charm, and then the fines end up in the black can. I was tired of struggling with the bags so I added the black plastic can, i went overboard on the lever latches.
Crazy Stuff Stumpy Thinks About #29: I had a dust collection breakthrough while eating tapioca from a hospital trash can.
The other day I yawned and a thick cloud came out of my gaping mouth, floated around my face for a moment and then was sucked into my nostrils as I inhaled my next breath. For a moment I assumed it was a cloud of pipe smoke, like my grandmother used to puff out in rings above her head to impress us kids on special occasions and weekdays. But since I don’t smoke, I knew this was something more serious. (Tired of reading? Listen to Stumpy read this for you below. Or read on like a stuc...
A big thanks to all my LumberJocks friends. I have finally gotten around to spending my prize money from this winter’s LumberJocks contest. Here it is, a Grizzly G0548Z 2Hp dust collector. I have modified it with a 14” Chinese Wok to imitate the Jet Vortex DC1100.
I am preparing to install a dust collection system and have determined, mostly because of cost to go with a 2HP bag system, no cyclone. I wanted to use 4-6” PVC for ease of installation and for cost but have read some concerns about static electricity building up with sawdust and the pipe potentially causing an explosion. For all of you out there with a dust collection system can you clue me in on whether this is a real concern or not. I could go with metal ductwork but even the cata...
After the first 20 days my workshop looks like a war zone. Some progress has been made but is a slow process and not all things/tools are here yet. First thing we did was to build a 2X3m WC at the south/west corner of the shop, that was a must since we are a bit far from home. Also the tiles for the kitchen have been installed. Next it was the electrical 240V wiring, and since the electricians asked for a huge amount to do the job, I had to do it my self and it cost me 1/...
Hi Lumberjocks, I need some help diagnosing an issue I’m having with my dust collector. Recently my dust collector started tripping the circuit breaker and running with a lot of vibration. Initially I thought it was the impeller that was out of balance, but now I’ve at least narrowed it down to the motor (after wasting $80 on a new impeller). This first video shows the motor running completely assembled…and then the noises that follow as it shuts down… ......
OK…. So, after fashioning the cone, I had to break out the epoxy and glue everything together Here I’ve got the epoxy and parts laid out…. Organization will set you free! (Eventually I’ll learn some) Then to mix the epoxy! I know it looks like snot, but it IS epoxy! I bought 60 min epoxy because this is the first time i’ve built one of these… I wanted plenty of time to screw this up! After everything was glued up, I used RTV to seal the whole un...
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