Some final thoughts on this blog before it gets relegated to the archives. First, many thanks to all for your advice and participation. I learned many new things, made some new friends, and ended up with a very nice little system. While I haven’t yet built a Thein separator or installed the duct work, I have added some accessories like the Dust Right System from Rockler. As these pictures show, the whole unit makes for efficient storage of these items and it is working great.
Putting on my MBA hat I believe the market has an obvious hole which creates a real opportunity for a manufacturer to exploit. Clearly what is needed is a two-stage cyclone, 1,500 to 1,800 cfm, collector with a 1.5hp or perhaps a 2hp motor, preferably a 110 connection, with a relatively small footprint, a remote control, and a canister filter in the $400 – $700 price range. I saw that Jet just came out with a new 1.5hp collector that purports to have some new cyclone-type (vortex?) technology, but it is single stage with a cost around $650. If it sounds like I’m asking to much just take a look at this blog and see what people like us are doing on our own. The other thing I believe people would buy is a clear can with some type of cyclone. Not only would you be able to see if it needs to be emptied, but you’d be able to watch the cyclone in action which would be kind of fun.
In summary this trip has been a blast, yup I wrote that, and it didn’t suck at all, yeah, I know. Thanks again to everyone.
-- tim hill www.newcalshop.com