Please, no applause. Really. Ok, just a little. On December 31, 2011, at 8:45 PM, I fired up my Clear Vue dust collector. Granted, it worked. But the rather loud noise caused me to shut it down within seconds. After several successive attempts, it became very apparent the fan was flexing enough to hit the suspension nuts. But hey, it actually worked. So what did I do today – I fixed the problem. But wait, here are a few pictures of what brought me to this point. When I la...
Hi, just for the plaisir to share, here is my cyclone dust collector I have built this summer for my new small shop. The cyclone was made from a 5×8 24 gauge galvanised sheet metal. Filters and the carton fiber recipient are from PSI. The dust collection system is drived by a 2 HP motor and a factory 12 inches impeller (blower from the old 1 stage dust collector). I used Bill Pentz’s site for measurement. I’m not used to speak in english, but I hope these pictures will i...
These shavings kept clogging the intake to the dust collector. After clearing the intake and shaking out the hose about twenty times, I needed something better, right away. This worked. I taped up the edges of the box, cut two holes, cut off a length of hose, and was able to run the planer until the box filled. Then I emptied the box, taped it up again, and ran the planer until I was finished.
This month in Wood Magazine there is an excellent article about sizing the right DC to the right shop. And they make the comment to take off the (2)-4” Y-port and connecting straight to the 6” opening with a 6” main line. Here is my question… How is a 6” better than a 4”? If you only have one port open at a time it should stay fairly consistent in velocity all the way to the impeller. The way I see it…. if you increase the size of the pipe,...
I’ve been working on putting together a dust collection system for my garage/workshop. I couldnt turn down the great deal on the Harbor Freight 2 HP dust collector and then of course since I saved so much I just had to make up for it by throwing on a Wynn cartridge filter. I was having a hard time deciding on 6”, 5” or 4” duct for the ducting system. The HF dust collector has a 5” Impeller plate opening so going with 6” didnt seem to make sense as the sy...
I bought the Ridgid 15” Drill press with the intention of keeping in the box for at least 30 days so I could watch the price and see if it would go down since the salesman said it was on clearance. Well….... that lasted about 45 minutes, i realized if the price did drop I could just take my receipt up there! Good thing I was acting like a 6 yr old on Christmas b/c the one I bought was missing a bunch of parts, like the cast iron base. They must have sold me the one they were gr...
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 ...
Well, the last day of the “Safety Week” is a good time to start a project that will help keep the workshop clean and safe. Already much has been talked about cyclone, so I will simply attempt to show step by step how to do mine.The parts I use are readily available in my country and pretty cheap.1 – Vacuum: An older model 800 W and 2-inch hose that so far has given me very good result, with the only problem that fills up very fast and the system filter (paper bag) is ...
I had an opportunity this past week to work with a small team for 3 days on the Disney lot in Burbank. This is the campus where Walt used to work (his office has been preserved there), and where many of the original animated and live action films were created. It was built on 51 acres with profits from “Snow White” (1937) to serve what Walt presciently saw as a need to grow the animation side of his company. There’s a history of the studios here, with pics. One of these pics...
I installed a Wynn Environmental 35A Series Cartridge Kit my Steel City Model 65200 dust collector. It wasn’t too difficult. With this kit the cartridge is usually held in place by turnbuckles that attach between the (inside) opening in the separator cone and (inside) opening of the cartridge flange. Unfortunately, with this DC the turnbuckles would need to be shorter than the rather small turnbuckles supplied in the kit – less than 3”. I had some 1/2” aluminum c...
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