Re-vamped filters for dust collection

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Project by Greg..the Cajun Box Sculptor posted 456 days ago 1930 views 11 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Today was a most busy and productive day. I have been wanting to re vamp my filters on my dust collector for quite a while now. I ordered 2 Wynn filters a few months back and they have been sitting in my shop gathering dust (on the outside)...I finally got tired of looking at them and stopped my box making today so I could build this setup.
This is very simple and very effective…although it ain’t pretty…
My wife asked me if I was planning to sculpt it…

This is not my design…it is from another Lumberjock BugZ

Thanks BugZ…!

I had everything laying around the shop to make it except the threaded rods…so I drew my design on paper, cut it out and glued the top section and the bottom section together…and then drove to Lowes while the glue was drying to buy 6 threaded rods 3/8×36”. I also picked up 2 drain cleanout plugs and drove home to finish it.

I could kick myself for not building this sooner because it works great and only took a few hours to complete. I sealed the inside with lacquer to create as smooth a finish as possible to help the airflow at maximum potential by not having dust stick to the plywood sides. I decided not to paint the outside since it is located under my stairs and is enclosed and out of sight.

The two filters really work great and they improve suction tremendously because of the reduced back-pressure…almost like adding a few HP to the motor. I made the top removable by using 4 draw catches and some gasket material. More convenient than taking off the big clamp if I want to take it outside. I also put some wheels on the bottom.

-- If retiring is having the time to be able to do what you enjoy then I have always been retired.

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#1 posted 456 days ago

What are the dimensions? Just finished putting my delta single stage together today. LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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Greg..the Cajun Box Sculptor

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#2 posted 456 days ago

It is 34” wide and 15” deep. The filters are 34” tall, and the top box is 14” tall. The bottom box is 34×14x6” without the wheels. Amazing improvement over my single filter that I have been using for over 5 years.

-- If retiring is having the time to be able to do what you enjoy then I have always been retired.

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#3 posted 456 days ago

We all have to bite the bullet and configure a better air cleaner. our design is very inspiring

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

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#4 posted 456 days ago

Checked out the BugZ project. Costs right now out of my range. Have my collector in a separate room. I will probably do something in the future as the fine dust will probably drive me nuts. :)


-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#5 posted 456 days ago

I can’t afford that fancy a set up, but I sure like yours.
I did go out there and give mine a kick though…
A little dust shook out…lol

Nice job Greg.

-- Having fun...Eric

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#6 posted 455 days ago

that looks really great greg. you did a really fine job

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#7 posted 455 days ago

Very nice project, and I like the way the filters are self cleaning, being vertical. A friend has a setup with two
filters in line and horizontal coming off an old Delta cyclone, wish someone would have spent a little time
designing those cyclones to work better, and I have been recruited to help him clean them out a few times.
He is a few months older than I am, and you are supposed to help the elderly aren’t you.

-- As ever, Gus-the 75 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#8 posted 455 days ago

Looks good Greg.
Much fancier than mine but same principle.
I still can’t believe how much better the whole system works.
Did you think of truck filters? They do work just as well and are cheaper and usually locally available.

Keep us posted about how they are to clean.
You will get more fine dust in a few weeks than I do in a year.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees.

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#9 posted 455 days ago

With all the dust you make Greg, will this be enough?? :0
Looks good, and I like Pauls idea of the truck filters, ... going to investigate that for the new shop.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#10 posted 455 days ago

They look very pretty to me!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#11 posted 455 days ago

Great job Greg. Looks like your project really sucks. ;-) Seriously, great execution.

-- Scott in Texas

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#12 posted 455 days ago

I looked for truck filters. Large filters were about 45 bucks apiece? Then I checked Wynn and they have a washable filter replacement kit for my delta single stage for about 170 bucks. Includes adaptor kit and 3 disposable plastic bags which go for 14 bucks@.

I spend once and get a reusable that will attach to my dust collector. Seems with info I have that would be the way to go?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#13 posted 454 days ago

Looks like a gr8 dust collecting solution Greg.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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