Small time DC upgrade

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Blog entry by marcb posted 05-21-2008 09:34 AM 704 reads 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I use a Rigid vacuum for my “dust collection” When the filters not clogged it works great for my saw and router table.

However the when gets a little ircksom. Theres plenty of plans out there for different “Cyclones”, plus the tops you can buy just about everywhere, however this looks like the best option out there right now.

I just picked up the trash can and 2 2.5” fittings to get started today. My favorite part of this is that I’ll be able to clean up the bulk of the mess with trashbags.

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#1 posted 05-21-2008 08:00 PM

That’s called a separator. They are good for catching the bigger pieces of wood, but the fine stuff will still get through.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 05-21-2008 11:18 PM

I have a HEPPA filter on the shop vac, which really keeps a TON of dust out of the air. The main problem is the shop vac fulls up with semi heavy stuff fast and the filter gets a ton of crud pressed into it. Then I have to empty the bin, and clean the filter.

This should buy me more time between bucket empties. The filter knocks clean fairly easy (outside of course) so hopefully this simplifies. I Don’t have room for a large Dust collection unit at this time so I need to work with what I have.

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