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Project by sonnyr posted 474 days ago 3008 views 28 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been working for a few months on getting some type of dust/chip collection set up in my workshop. After reading and viewing a lot of forums and projects in Lumberjocks and on Youtube, I decided to go with 2 smaller stand alone units. I inherited a Cummins 1 hp unit from my dad and purchased a 2 hp Harbor Freight. The Cummins DC was coupled with a Thein type separator using a blue plastic barrel from a water softener and a Wynn filter. The base for this unit is 24” X 49”. The HF DC uses a “Top Hat” Thein type separator mounted on a 55 gallon plastic barrel. The barrel was cut off at the 40 gallon mark and has a 22 3/8” diameter. The top hat is 28” X 28”. The saw dust level can be monitored by looking through the plexiglass top and the 1 1/4” slot in the separator. The base for this unit is approximately 29” X 51”. The barrel can be easily emptied using the 2 legs and 2 wooden pins attached to the frame. Both DC’s are outfitted with Rockler’s “Quick Release Starter Kits” on the 4” inlet hoses. All the circles and recesses were cut using a router circle jig from MLCS.
If I did this over, I would not have used a 55 gallon barrel on the HF DC. The size of the separator kinda got a lot bigger than I anticipated.
Thanks for looking in.

-- I may be slow, but I'm easy to stop!!!





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ldl

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#1 posted 474 days ago

Nice setup. I also have the HF 2hp DC. Want to put a filter on mine soon.

-- Dewayne in Bainbridge, Ga. - - No one can make you mad. Only you decide when you get mad - -

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Ken90712

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#2 posted 473 days ago

Nice set up on both of these! Should serve you well.

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

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b2rtch

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#3 posted 473 days ago

So which one works better?

-- Bert

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DocSavage45

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#4 posted 473 days ago

Nice build, have you tested them? What was the reasoning behind two of them?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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sonnyr

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#5 posted 473 days ago

Bert – because of its bigger hp, the 2 hp HF works better. I used alot of your previous ideas and input on LJ’s, Thanks
DocSavage45 – I went with these 2 because of cost. I sectioned my workshop (got that idea from A1Jim) so the HF DC is used on the miter saw, table saw/router, and planer. The smaller Cummins DC is in the other corner and used on the band saw, sanders and (future) drill press.
I am putting the Rockler quick connections on all my equipment and so far it seems to be working fine.
The Thein separators work great with very little dust going into the clear plastic bags.

I know that these are primarily “chip” collectors, some day I hope to have a fixed Clearview unit and 6” ducting, but for now these and a respirator will have to do.

-- I may be slow, but I'm easy to stop!!!

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b2rtch

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#6 posted 473 days ago

Good job and thank you for your answer.

-- Bert

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kizerpea

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#7 posted 472 days ago

Lookin good….

-- IF YOUR NOT MAKING DUST...YOU ARE COLLECTING IT! SOUTH CAROLINA.

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