Dust Collection System

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Project by joshtank posted 01-24-2011 11:13 PM 3925 views 2 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This weekend I finished reorganizing the shop and got the new dust collector installed. I poured concrete and did a small ‘addition’ to the garage in a back corner. The roof of it fit perfectly under the sofiting, and aside from nothing about my garage being square and level, it was fine. The new room has three 14” by 6” vents going to the outside. The DC system has 3 gated drops all kept at 4″ pipe. Table saw, radial arm saw and a 3″ diameter vacuum flex hose at the end at the main workbench – good to drop down for sanding etc. One switch, by the table saw, turns on the DC and then gives power to the table saw. The top outlet pictured gives power to the switch and bottom outlet. At first I was going to just leave the outlet in the dust collector room. But, although having a cord plug in and go into the wall looks sort of odd, I’m already glad I left another outlet available. A hinged door makes emptying the DC bag easy. It DC is a bit quieter in the separate room for sure, and doesn’t take up space in the shop.

-- Josh - Jacksonville, FL -

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#1 posted 01-24-2011 11:28 PM

Very nice. Are you venting outside or still have to play with the filter? given what appears to be gated doors, can you access the machine from another door?

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#2 posted 01-24-2011 11:36 PM

It just vents to the outside, no filter. The hinged door is to get to the bag, and that’s it. The panels that close off the whole DC ‘room’ go up about 7 feet from the floor. 15 or so screws hold them in place. So if for any reason I needed to get to the machine I just have to zip out some screws. Or I could, slip through the hinged door. That’d certainly be a bit awkward though.

-- Josh - Jacksonville, FL -

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#3 posted 01-25-2011 04:52 PM

You might want to get rid of the 90 degree elbows and replace them with two 45 degree bends with a short straight section between them. You should get better flow, and less clogging.

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