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Harbor Frieght Dust Collector Modification, or, not leaving well enough alone! #3: Dust Collection Barrel Modifications

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Blog entry by luv2learn posted 02-09-2015 09:05 PM 2416 reads 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I am using a 44 gal. barrel for my dust collection, it measures 20” in dia. by 32” tall. Thanks to some of your suggestions, there were a couple things I decided to do to it to make it more user friendly. First, I made it mobile.

This is my 24” dia. OSB base.

I found these little ball bearing casters at Harbor Freight.

Next, I added a plexi-glass inspection portal so I could visually gauge how full the barrel was getting.

As always, thanks for looking and thanks for your comments and suggestions.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green



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ralbuck

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#1 posted 02-09-2015 09:18 PM

Nice!

WE have inadequate dust system. Sometimes I also run 2 small and one large shop vac! Tables saw use gets 4 vacs running!

-- just rjR

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Paul Bucalo

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#2 posted 02-09-2015 09:18 PM

The window just makes sense. I take it the fiber drum doesn’t flex a lot when the blower is running.

-- -- Paul Bucalo, Norwich NY USA

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tyvekboy

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#3 posted 02-09-2015 09:21 PM

I think I’ll put a window in my dust barrel. Why didn’t I think of doing it before. Usually I just run mine till it is full …. duh-h-h-h

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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DocSavage45

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#4 posted 02-09-2015 09:57 PM

I have a metal barrel,and I’m not going to put a window in it! LOL! You answered my question that I asked from your first posting. I think you will be less inconvenienced with this. Nice save.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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luv2learn

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#5 posted 02-09-2015 10:28 PM

ralbuck, This is the first time in 5 years that I have attempted to build a more adequate D.C. system but I like what I have done so far and it has been a relatively inexpensive upgrade.

Paul, the barrel doesn’t flex at all.

Tyvekboy, my first D.C. barrel didn’t have a window in it either and I did just as you do now, ran it until it was full then wondered why the dust wasn’t being sucked up as before :-)

Tom, I took your advice on the wheels buddy. Putting a window in a 50 gal. drum should a piece a cake for a guy like you :-)


Lee,

Looks good! eliminating the bags and venting to the outside should increase air flow. I would suggest a barrel with wheels and a flexible attatchment? On the other hand I made mine with a fifty gallon drum LOL!

- DocSavage45


-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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Roger

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#6 posted 02-09-2015 11:32 PM

Nice additions. I like the looks o those roller ball feet. Some of those would make a great outfeed top instead of rollers

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

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DocSavage45

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#7 posted 02-10-2015 02:33 AM

Lee,

I’m really wanting to make furniture and other things I’ve talked about for waaaaay to long! I actually have the tools as I installed a forced air furnace with duct-work in my shop a few years ago. LOL!

In the hours I’m not working my psych job I have been attempting to meet a challenge given to me by an artist friend who wanted me to build a simple piece of furniture.

Just about done. It is an adventure I share with Murphy!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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doubleDD

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#8 posted 02-10-2015 03:19 AM

I like the up dates. The window is cool. Keep at it Lee.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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HillbillyShooter

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#9 posted 02-10-2015 04:39 AM

Two very useful modifications/additions—especially the window since it’s amazing how fast the barrel fills.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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woodshaver (Tony)

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#10 posted 02-10-2015 01:31 PM

Lee,
You have taken what’s out there and put together a very interesting dust collector. I think dust collecting is a very important part of keeping your shop free or at least mostly free of harmful dust. I have not paid enough attention to my dust collection practices and now that I see how you have just about knocked the dust out of the park I’ll be rethinking my method of making my shop more healthy. Great job on thinking this out and putting it into a very nice collection system.
Thanks for sharing your talents Lee!

-- Tony C UAW, St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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luv2learn

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#11 posted 02-10-2015 04:50 PM

Tony, the H.F. motor intake, exhaust, and collector body all had 5” dia. ports. The reason I reduced them down to 4” was the availability of components. I have kind of ignored what how the dust was affecting me until recently. Now any airborne dust chocks me. I should have addressed this earlier. Although the H.F. 2hp D.C. is more powerful than the 3/4 hp Jet D.C. I had been using, it is only capable of running one zone at a time adequately. I have 4 zones, each controlled by blast gates.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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luv2learn

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#12 posted 02-10-2015 04:56 PM

Roger, using the rollers for an out feed table is a great idea.

Dave I am about at a stopping point now.

John, that was the problem with the first D.C. barrel I made, I would let it fill up and then wonder why the D.C. wasn’t working efficiently. :-)

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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doubleDD

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#13 posted 02-10-2015 05:29 PM

Lee, if I may make a suggestion, since you are redoing this system to fit your needs perhaps there’s a way to enclose most of it or some of it to help reduce the noise. I know the motor needs ventilation but that not what causes all the noise. This is something that I have been thinking about lately. I’m sure it can be done and cut down on some of the racket without harming it or moving it from the way you have it set up. Then I can copy it. ha ha

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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luv2learn

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#14 posted 02-10-2015 05:45 PM

Dave, I have thought about enclosing the system but for now I just need it functional. The H.F. D.C. is rather quite compared to my Jet D.C. but I do wear noise cancelling headsets in the shop.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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