A few woodworkers, after seeing my Shop Tour Video, asked my about my dust collector modifications, so I made a short follow-up video: Here is the link:Dust Collector Modifications P.S. I have also made several changes to the web site, so please let me know if you run into any problems — brian
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 often get questions about my dust collection set up and so I thought that I would share it with everyone. The dust collection in my shop is simple and may even be a bit of a disappointment to see. But the reality is that it works pretty well except for a few shortcomings. Currently I am using a single stage, 2hp, 1500cfm rated dust collector wired for 220v. It is a 110/220v motor, but when wired to 110v it would dim the lights every time I fired it up so 220v is the best option. T...
I finally got around to Phase II of my HF DC Mods. Thanks to DBHost for the help!!! I contacted DB about his conversion but I quickly learned that he had the type of barrel that the lid is removable. I got a blue barrel from work but it’s the kind that you have to cut the lid off. :’( So that caused me all sorts of “issues.” The biggest problem was how to cut lid off and keep the top flat. I never solved this problem so I worked around it. (This picture ...
Finally made it out to HF yesterday while the wife was taking a nap (unrelated reason, I swear!), and grabbed the 2HP DC. Here’s the box in my garage, and a glimpse at the inside of the packaging: The large rectangular base was actually sitting on top of that, with Styrofoam in between. Overall, I was pretty happy with the packaging. Nothing was dinged, or otherwise beat up or even scratched as far as I could tell. I pulled everything out, and started reading the instru...
In case any of you LJs have a Shop Fox Dust Collection Remote Switch and didn’t get a recall notice, here is the website to visit: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml09/09308.html
OK. As I’ve understood it, the point of a cyclone DC is to slow the air movement down to allow the dust to fall into a receptacle before the air to move into the blower. Am I right on this? So, my concept is this. Instead of a hard-to-assemble cyclone setup, just a 5gallon bucket, with a smaller (1 gallon or so?) bucket mounted inside of it…with the below modifications. Lets see if I can describe my concept well enough not to need pics & sketches. So. A 5 gallon buc...
I’ve just finished adding a box to the back of my old contractor’s saw to enclose the entire motor/belt assembly, and a dust port below the saw. I had replaced the motor drive belt previously with a Power Twist Link belt assembled to the same size as the factory belt. With this belt, however, the motor would rotate above the top surface of the tablesaw. I lengthened the belt by adding a couple more links, made sure that it did not hit anything throughout the rotation, and was...
I got an exciting shipment in today – a canister filter for my Delta AP400 Shopmaster 1HP dust collector! Suction has been declining a lot these last months. The bag has been getting dirty but I just hate spending an hour blowing dust out of the thing. I’m always in a rush, stealing time wherever I can to work on something. It’s also a really filthy task. Some people have backyard decks as big as my entire back yard, and I end up getting dust all over my house, garage...
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, ...
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