|Project by PPK||posted 11-21-2016 02:40 PM||812 views||3 times favorited||3 comments|
I built this Cyclone Lid for my trash can a few years ago, and originally had it set up to run with 2.5” shop vac hose. It worked great then, and recently I modified it to work with my dust collector and 4” hose. It works great now too!
I must give credit where credit is due: I (loosely) followed the plan from “The Thien Cyclone Separator Lid
w/ the Thien Cyclone Separator Baffle” Google it if you want the plan.
I used it the other night to plane down some cherry and walnut boards, and emptied the trash can 3 times in the course of 1 hour… And my dust collector only got about 2” deeper with sawdust. So, mission accomplished. The messy task of emptying the dust collector can now be done MUCH less frequently.
One note that is probably pretty obvious – this unit does impact the suction a little. I don’t have empirical data, but it feels like there’s not as much CFM when I rout the house thru the cyclone. It’s still plenty sufficient to suck up all my planer shavings, so it doesn’t bother me.