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Project by tyvekboy posted 917 days ago 6071 views 18 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Feb 16, 2012

Thought Iʻd share my cyclone dust collector set up.

A friend of mine gave me this cyclone that worked well with a 1 hp dust collector but I got a 1-1/2 HP dust collector that sucks better so I moved the cyclone part to it. I had no way of supporting the cyclone part so I designed this rig in Sketch-UP.

It features a holder for the top part of the cyclone that sits over a trash can. A foot bar is depressed to raise the top part off the trash can and locks hold it in place so I can remove and empty the trash can.

I have 2 Dust-Right hoses attached to it. One goes to the machines and one goes to the dust collector. There is enough hose to reach every corner of my shop. The assembly is on casters.

Hope this gives you some ideas on what you can do with dust collection.


1. Shows left side of rig.

2. Shows right side and dust collector in background.

3. Foot bar that raises upper part of cyclone off of trash can.

4. Lock that holds upper part while trash can is emptied.

5. Trash can removed. Shows the linkage to foot bar and sliding upper part.

6. Picture of dust collector running with upper part locked in place. There is sufficient SUCK to hold the trash can up in the air.

Thanks for looking. Comments welcomed. Have a good day.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA

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#1 posted 917 days ago

Very creative solution. I have a 5 hp cyclone in a closet and it too can lift up it’s garbage can. I find it amusing when people use tie downs and clamps to hold the lid onto the can on cyclones. It’s a noob thing.

-- If you believe you can or can not do a thing, you are correct.

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#2 posted 917 days ago

I like it!
You clearly have thought this out and the execution is flawless…. easily one of the most clever designs I have seen.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#3 posted 917 days ago

Great setup! Thanks for posting!

-Jim; aka “Stumpy Nubs”
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#4 posted 917 days ago

That’s pretty slick. I like your lift system. Very clever, thanks for sharing.

-- Dan - Valparaiso, Indiana, "A smart man changes his mind, a fool never does."

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#5 posted 917 days ago

I like the foot pedal lift, makes me want to modify my modification?????

-- bowtie,.....jus passin thru....

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#6 posted 917 days ago

Wonderful design

-- Norman

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#7 posted 917 days ago

Very cool. You can call it the Tin Man.

-- Magnolia, Texas

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Drew - Rock-n H Woodshop

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#8 posted 917 days ago

Talk about improving on a standard design. You thought of everything when it comes to convenience. Great job! Wish I had a friend to give me a cyclone! Great Job!

-- Drew -- "I cut it twice and it's still too short!"- Rock-n H Woodshop - Moore, OK

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Paul Stoops

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#9 posted 916 days ago

Very innovative solutions! That took some skookum thinking!!

As a further improvement I would suggest changing the 4” sharp 90º elbow on the outlet of your cyclone to either a long sweep ell, or two 45º ells with a short straight between them—tight 90º ells are severe restrictions to airflow.

In addition, it would be to your advantage to limit the length of flex hose, because flex hose has about three times the amount of airflow restriction as smooth walled ducting.

And finally, a lot of folks have done what they call a “stove pipe” mod to their dust collectors by replacing the 5” flex hose between the fan and the DC collector body with smooth walled ducting and elbows and have found it significantly improved performance.

With a 1 1/2HP DC, is it important to use all of the tricks to get the highest level of performance. These are not criticisms, but are intended to be suggestions to improve the great work you have already done.

Great job!

-- Paul, Auburn, WA

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#10 posted 916 days ago

Paul -

I agree with your observation about the outlet on the cyclone. Iʻll see if I can make those changes sometime in the future.

About the flex hose … Itʻs very interesting stuff. If it is too long, when the DC is sucking, it actually shortens itself. I thought about putting hard pipe in my shop but it is so small and I donʻt really do a ton of stuff down there, I thought flex hose would be the best way.

Thanks for your suggestions.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA

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#11 posted 916 days ago

I believe this idea will be useful for you. This layout will be much more effective, than that on your pictures, because for fan it is much easier to blow air through long hose or duct, than to suck it.

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#12 posted 915 days ago


Thanks for your commentsdidn’t consider that corregated might reduce air flow. This is a great thread, which smart people. I like it!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#13 posted 907 days ago

Great looking Dc. It was nice to meet you at the store today

-- still wet behind the ears.....

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