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Anyone ever?

by LyallAndSons
posted 03-24-2014 02:46 PM


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woodsmithshop

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#1 posted 03-24-2014 03:01 PM

it is my understanding that the dust trapped in the fiber of the bag helps to trap more dust.

-- Smitty!!!

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chrisstef

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#2 posted 03-24-2014 03:05 PM

Those that have are probably not around to tell the story unfortunately. My wife would have my a$$ if she caught woodworking gear in the washing machine LOL.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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bondogaposis

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#3 posted 03-24-2014 03:09 PM

Definitely wait until your wife is not at home.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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The Box Whisperer

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#4 posted 03-24-2014 03:20 PM

Ive read you can ruin the coating on the bags. I wouldnt do it.

-- "despite you best efforts and your confidence that your smarter and faster than a saw blade at 10k rpm…. your not …." - Charles Neil

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Picklehead

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#5 posted 03-24-2014 03:38 PM

What the hell’s happened to this site? This site used to be about woodworking. Geez, I swear if one more person posts something about doing laundry I’ll leave! And don’t think I don’t mean it, mister. I’ll leave. Then I’ll post a thread to tell you I left. Then I’ll come back and blame “you know who you are” if you don’t cry loud enough. Then I’ll …....................................

-- You've got to be smarter than the tree.

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The Box Whisperer

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#6 posted 03-24-2014 03:44 PM

LOL!

-- "despite you best efforts and your confidence that your smarter and faster than a saw blade at 10k rpm…. your not …." - Charles Neil

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TheDane

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#7 posted 03-24-2014 03:46 PM

Hmmm … I think Picklehead has been eating too much junk food. Oops!

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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patcollins

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#8 posted 03-24-2014 03:50 PM

If you’re going to do it, go to the laundry mat to do it.

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Shawn Masterson

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#9 posted 03-24-2014 04:05 PM

I never washed mine, but I did rinse it out in a tote of water. I filled the tote and just kept dunking it. I hung it to dry on the fence.

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Jimbo4

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#10 posted 03-24-2014 04:10 PM

I’ve turned mine inside out and beat the living dust outa it – seemed to help.

-- *Arachnoleptic Fit*: The frantic dance performed just after you've accidently walked through a spider web.

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Loren

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#11 posted 03-24-2014 04:33 PM

I’ve beat them and hosed them off. I concur that the idea is
tiny particles get stuck in the weave and increase its filtering
effectiveness, “seasoning” the bag they say.

-- http://lawoodworking.com

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Marcus

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#12 posted 03-24-2014 04:39 PM

I would not wash it. As someone else mentioned, a bit dirty is a good thing, sort of like oiling a K&N air filter.

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iminmyshop

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#13 posted 03-24-2014 04:56 PM

Spoil sport comment:
If it is the original fiber type dust bag that came with the machine and not the plastic type bag that is used on the newer machines (after the dust has gone through a fine filter and precollector) the fiber bags are unfortunately counterproductive in terms of protecting us from the medical problems related to fine dust. They do a decent job collecting the larger particles. BUT, the air blown through these bags under great pressure works well to serve as a terrific dispersal unit for the very small particulates that are the real danger to our lungs. If your wife really loves you she will not only permit you to get a newer type dust collector but will insist on it. It will also help to keep your shop cleaner too.

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Mark Shymanski

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#14 posted 03-24-2014 05:01 PM

It may depend on why you want to wash it. If is just that some dust is coming through the bag I suspect the washing could make things worse….but if the cat, or some larger mammal, vomitted on it I would definately wash it. :-)

Oops, didn’t mean to send you off Picklehead…nice fish by the way:-)

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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Bill White

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#15 posted 03-24-2014 05:13 PM

The felted bags I use are not to be washed. Shaken only. Kinda sounda like a martini. :)
Bill

-- bill@magraphics.us

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Picklehead

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#16 posted 03-24-2014 05:15 PM

You’re lucky, Mark. My head just about blew off, then I got to the part where you complimented my (insert piscatorial non-woodworking noun here), and I decided to give you ONE more chance. Don’t blow it.

-- You've got to be smarter than the tree.

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Mark Shymanski

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#17 posted 03-24-2014 05:17 PM

:-)

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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Bogeyguy

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#18 posted 03-24-2014 05:33 PM

picklehead, you need to wash your panties, I think you have overload. LOL!

-- Art, Pittsburgh.

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Picklehead

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#19 posted 03-24-2014 06:56 PM

Don’t make me boldfont. I’ll do it.

-- You've got to be smarter than the tree.

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Dusty56

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#20 posted 03-24-2014 10:14 PM

I have washed the top bag on my ancient Reliant 1hp dust collector numerous times. It’s one of the old 30 micron bags and I didn’t care if it got destroyed or not. The intake volume increased substantially , but so did the amount of finer dust that escaped the bag …it was one of those happy / sad moments.
I use that DC on my planer and jointer now , and my JET cannister (1micron) DC for everything else that creates more dust than chips/shavings.
To wash or not to wash…that is the question. : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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SCOTSMAN

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#21 posted 03-24-2014 10:39 PM

The design idea as I understand it and always have is that the top bag must be slightly porous to allow air to escape and circulate properly I.E it should let air flow freely but hold back the dust .There is a negative effect from using a top bag which is effectively clogged up by dust.So using dirty bags will cut down the effect from filtering and stopping or reducing the air flow is detrimental to the design of the dust extractor, and will make more work for the motor.It is actally essential to get the air flowing properly in order to use this system IMHO and from what I have learned.Otherwise why not use a plastic bag on top.The answer is it would not function this way.Actually the more air not dust* passing through the top bag the better all round.Incidently I have washed bags personally with great effect.I am not advocating it to anyone here as this was definitely in keeping with my understanding of the continuous air flow design,which I deem to be very necessary.Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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