|Project by Jim||posted 07-12-2009 10:57 PM||2052 views||4 times favorited||5 comments|
After reading about the hazards of the very fine particles generated when using the cloth bags found on popular dust collectors, I decided I needed to replace my cloth bag with a cartridge filter. I contacted Jet to see if I could retrofit my older DC 1100 with their new style cartridge, but the cost was approximately $300 and they couldn’t tell me if the size was compatible.
After a little web searching, I found a company in PA that caters to hobbyists…
They offer a conversion kit for approx $150 + shipping (Filter #35A100SBOL)
Fantastic! Took a little work to build an MDF “donut” to adapt the filter to my Jet DC, but I’m very pleased with the results. (I rough cut the MDF circle with my bandsaw and then drilled a hole if the middle. I mounted a pin on my router table and routed the edge smooth. I then routed the grove to accept the foam gasket. Finally, I routed the inside diameter of the donut).
The kit also includes a supply of poly bags which replace the lower cloth bag. No more dumping the cloth bag into another trash bag for disposal. Just pull off the poly bag, tape the top closed, and toss it in the trash bin.
I strongly encourage my fellow woodworkers to educate themselves on the hazards of dust inhalation. Get a good dust collector, and then make sure it has effective filtering.
-- Jim, Boise ID - Attitude is everything