Dust Collector Upgrade

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Project by zlatanv posted 02-07-2012 07:41 AM 3604 views 10 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It was about time for and upgrade for my dust collector, the original collector, pic 1 & 2, did pretty well, it have a small cartridge filter hanging off the side, it did tend to fill up and clog up often.

I followed the plan by Lance but made some modifications. Instead of routing out the bottom to sit on the rim of the can, I cut out the can lid and screwed and puttied it with air duct sealer to the bottom of the separator. I put some foam tape on the edge of the lid to keep it tight. The motor I had fit right on top of the separator. I dumped out what I had in the can and in the filter which was pretty clogged, cleaned out the filter cartridge really good, and started picking it up, did very nicely, only some small mdf dust had entered the filter. Overall I would say it kept my filter 99% cleaner. Very happy with it.

-- Z, Rockwall, TX

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#1 posted 02-07-2012 07:48 AM

I’m glad to see it worked so well for you.

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#2 posted 02-07-2012 09:18 AM

Seems this Idea has taken hold of the LJ community. Nice job.

-- The works of evil people are not the problem. It is the "Good" people standing by and watching not speaking up. Dubsaloon

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#3 posted 02-07-2012 11:37 PM

Looks awesome, I like the small compact design. Let us know how the filter works and how often you have to clean it.

It works like a champ huh?

-- Lance, Hook'em HORNS! ""V""

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#4 posted 02-08-2012 04:03 AM

I really like your version of lance’s separator – The dust has nowhere to go but down through the slot, really well made and now you have something that really works.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#5 posted 02-08-2012 10:44 AM

Well done , great job!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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