|Project by WoodenSoldier||posted 03-04-2013 06:34 AM||3374 views||17 times favorited||12 comments|
I had been planning on putting in a dust collection unit for the last several years and slowly planning it. I bought the Harbor Freight 2 HP dust collector a few months back and tried out the motor to make sure it worked then put it back in the box while I planned the rest of the system. I didn’t want to give up any valuable floor space to a rolling dust collector so I knew i wasn’t going to use it on the cart that it comes with. Finally got around to modifying it and putting the motor and filter in the garage loft.
I still used the middle metal can from the HF system, but I mounted it on it’s side on a piece of MDF. First I routed a big circle and put some weather stripping in the recess to make a good seal and used some window latches to snap it to the MDF. These work pretty well because they pull the can on tight as you latch each of them and so it makes a nice tight seal.
Purchased an Oneida Dust Deputy to separate the dust before it gets to the motor, seems to work pretty well, I can’t feel anything in the filter bag yet.
Stuck with the 5 micron filter bag that came with it, eventually I’ll upgrade to an aftermarket 1 micron filter.
Piped the whole garage with 4” PVC and blast gates over the last two weeks and got the whole system hooked up last night. It works awesome, I’m really excited to start using it. I need to get a remote control to turn it on and off still.
Also still looking for a better way to lift the 55 gallon drum up to the lid so that it’s not hanging off the whole system. Right now I have to shim it up to get it up to the lid then latch the lid on. It’s a huge pain in the ass. I’m thinking of getting some kind of bar stool screw that I can turn and lift the can slowly with. Any ideas?
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