quick and dirty thein seperator

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Project by dmoney posted 11-15-2010 01:04 AM 6892 views 4 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I used PVC pipe for the connection to the table saw and a port that came out of the harbor freight dust collector accessory kit for the connection to the dust collector. I used hot glue to secure them to the trash can. Being lazy I just used 3 wires to hang the baffle.

It works great. catches pretty much everything so far. I’m no engineer, there wasn’t a lot of “measuring” and “planning”.

but it went together fast and does work.

-- Derek, Iowa

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#1 posted 11-15-2010 04:06 AM

I only have one gripe: not enough duct tape!!! :)

That is indeed a testament to “if it works, why fix it?” I’ll have to keep this design in mind if I ever get around to building one of those widgets.

-- David from Indiana --

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#2 posted 11-15-2010 05:09 AM

I have a Penn State DC2 1 1/2hp collector with 5” hose inputs. I used 5” HVAC elbows and hose to connect to my metal trash separator. With the 5” set up the collector always sucked up everything out of the separator leaving me to still empty the collector bag. When I tried a 4”hose it worked ok -seperated out the dust and chips -but would only pull them 10ft or so whereas the 5” hose pulled them 25ft across my shop. What size hose are you running?

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#3 posted 11-15-2010 05:19 AM

How do you think 6” would work in a separator. I’ve seen all the mods to the HF DC, changing the input to 6”s, stove pipe modification and adding the separator. But will 6” work in the separator?

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#4 posted 11-15-2010 05:31 AM

this is 4”

-- Derek, Iowa

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#5 posted 11-15-2010 06:39 AM

Does it keep most of the fine dust out of your filters too?

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#6 posted 11-15-2010 03:57 PM

Very interesting. Great idea.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#7 posted 11-15-2010 05:51 PM

i have had it going for only a couple of days now, all I can really say is that it looks like its catching most if not all of the debris. i only have it hooked to my table saw and have been cutting pine and plywood. it’s hard to tell if it’s catching all of the fine dust but it’s definitely getting some from what I can see in the trash can.

-- Derek, Iowa

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#8 posted 11-15-2010 06:02 PM

I’ve seen a lot of things work out great without planning. I think that it is best to plan; however sometimes things just fall right into place. Good job.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#9 posted 11-17-2010 03:17 AM

Good job. How big is the hp on your dust collector.

-- Ed E. " Taking one board at a time "

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#10 posted 11-17-2010 06:37 AM

it’s the 2 HP harbor freight one that lots of people here on lumberjocks have.

-- Derek, Iowa

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#11 posted 05-18-2011 05:57 AM

Nice if any of you need plastics for years has been my source for tubing and valves not to mention they sell vac tubing!!

lol one of the few things that I would actually buy from HFTools Ive bought cheap tools from em in the past and they have broken long time ago . But will give the vac a nod though :)

-- "If the Universe is Infinite, Then all dreams are real."

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