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?
My old shop was small and I used 4” PVC. PVC is ok but it has its disadvantages. My concerns for using it in this project were its weight, and the static electricity that builds up in it especially around my sanders. On the other hand the furnace pipe has its disadvantages as well. I found that after installing it, the larger 6” pipe flexes a little when some of the blast gates are closed. The amount of vacuum that this machine creates is massive but I don’t believe it will ...
Part of the big picture when I built my wood shop was dust collection. I had a small setup in my old shop at home using an older model jet with the 2 bags. Over the years I breathed in a lot of fine saw dust that was making its way through the bags. I originally was going to use the same one in this shop except with a few added modifications but changed my mind after a lot of research into this project. I decided to go with a cyclone type dust collector and some secondary collectors at...
As a qualifying opening statement, please read this post as my views, observations, and beliefs. They do not necessarily reflect “industry standards” or your experiences with dust collection, Clear Vue dust collectors, or any science related to dust collection. That being said, here are some observations of my installation of the Clear Vue 1800 DC. 1. If the instruction suggests, or others tell you something regarding the size, placement, type of, or anything else regarding the installa...
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...
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