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...
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...
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’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?
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...
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...
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 ...
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 ...
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...
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