|Project by James Lango||posted 09-23-2008 06:41 AM||6139 views||4 times favorited||3 comments|
Anyone on this site can tell you how frustrating dust collection can be. When I first decided to add it in my shop the whole layout changed. Now you have to move, relocate tools, and plan for 4” ducting.. Frustrating to me, but here are some of the things I learned. If you have a smaller shop(like mine) PVC will work fine and its cheaper/easier to use. The trick with mine was the hassel that came with empting that damm bag every week! For months I websurfed and read, and tried and failed. Since I already bought my Harbor Fr dust collector I had to find a way for it to work. First i found out that all that air being sucked in – HAS to get out on the other end. Fisrt I bought 1 huge blue tub cut a hole in my wall and piped from the dust collector to the tub. Not going to work, as the air has no place to go(thats why the bags are fabric-they let the air escape).
SO then I got another huge tub and placed the original bag inside the 2nd tub and let the heavy chips fall in and the air went up to the “bag tub”. That worked Ok, but the bottom tub’s lid had to be screwed down and that made for a hassel when empting. And there was still too much restriction- the air was not getting out. On day i was dragging this HUGE fiberglass dock box to my garbage(left over form previous homeowners). I was walking past my sad blue tubs and a light bulb went off lol..
This would make a great dust collector! So there it is. Its still rude and crude, but only needs empting ever few months, and lets that collector blow unrestricted and powerful.
The top blue tub still has the bag inside, but i drilled tons of hole in the lid and covered it with a furnace filter. Throw a tarp on the top and your good to go.