Something I’ve been thinking about for a long time. Since I’m involved in whole house renovations at the moment I won’t get to building it for awhile but maybe someone might and find it doesn’t work and put me out of my misery in thinking about it.
I have one of those 1 1/2 hp delta dust collectors. One side is the motor and impeller. The other side is the round metal hoop with a bag on the bottom for the chips and a bag on the top for air expulsion and dust. I took the top bag off the other day and realized that the circular metal hoop that the two bags connect to is made inside just like a thein dust collector minus the baffle. The impeller spits the chips to the left and they circle the metal hoop till they fall into the bag. A thein baffle would all that would be needed to make it into a thein collector.
I was thinking of making two mdf disks that would fit with groove and gasket both on the top and bottom of the hoop and held together with bolts connecting top and bottom pieces. The bottom bag I’d replace with a metal trash can that would also seal to the bottom wooded disk with some sort of removal mechanism not shown below. The top disk I’d connect a 6” pvc pipe in the center going straight up to connect to another idea I had.
So, this is a way to make a thein collector using an existing dust collector and trash can but not having to make the top hoop for the chips to spin around it. Usually thein collectors are before the impeller. Why not after it?
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