|Project by GaryK||posted 11-11-2011 08:00 AM||5532 views||20 times favorited||22 comments|
I started out with this:
When I bought it about 15+ years ago, I had it installed outside in a small metal building next to my garage when I lived in California. It’s a Taiwanese made Reliant brand.
I built a small room inside my new 1000 sq ft shop I built in Texas for it.
Then I decided to upgrade it about 4 years ago to a canister filter instead of the bag. It made a big difference.
You can see it here:
I friend my mine still living in California (But is moving to Texas next month) built a cyclone dust collector from a plan in Wood Magazine. He mentioned that it never loses suction due to clogged bags or filters.
So I thought that I would upgrade again to what you see above in the project. I do get a lot more suction from the longest run of 50+ feet away. I was surprised by just how much extra there was.
Since my shop was air conditioned for those hot summer months, I exhausted the air that was sucked in the that small room through a cleanable filter you can see in the last picture. I just take it outside and smack it on the sidewalk to knock all the fine dust off.
When I installed the cyclone I incorporated the output of the blower to use it also as you can see in the 4th picture.
If you are interested in making one yourself the plans are in the November 1997 Wood Magazine or you can by the updated version with some improvements from their website here.
-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX