Separator for dust collector

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Project by sptfish posted 10-13-2010 07:24 PM 3942 views 11 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I took the ideas of Phill Thein separator and have had good results with it. I started with a new trashcan made of “Plastic/Rubber” (the green ones, you know what I mean). I looked at using the lid for the top, but the shaped of the lid curved upwards and I decided not to use it. I cut a round piece of ½” plywood the size of the trashcan top, covering the outside lip. The cut another round piece the diameter of the inside of the trashcan. Took both of them, centered them, and glued and screwed them together.
Cut a third piece of plywood into a circle the diameter of the inside of the trashcan, eight inches down. I used a big 4” PVC Elbow for the inside curved piece. It is big and I needed the eight inches to get it to fit. I cut the bottom piece according to the directions by Phil Thein, and put it all together. Remember I used 4” input and output connectors since I am using this separator for my Delta dust collector. Once I got the top on right, I have had no leaks, and good pressure.
Results – So far so good… The big stuff stays in the trashcan, and very little dust goes to my dust collector. Hope you like it.

-- Sptfish, Naples, Florida,

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#1 posted 10-14-2010 01:17 AM

Looks good. One of these is definitely on my future projects list.

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#2 posted 10-14-2010 01:58 AM

Looks great. I one too connected to a blue plastic 55 gal drum and I love mine. They work great.

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