|Review by Dustmite97||posted 01-02-2011 11:00 PM||5763 views||2 times favorited||7 comments|
I have been using a single stage dust collection system for over a year now and have found that the bottom bag fills up quickly and the top filter bag gets really messy. I finally upgraded to a two stage system and it works great. The lid I use has two ports and the port that connects to the tool has an L-shaped elbow that connects to the underside of the port. I have the lid on a heavy duty Rubbermaid garbage can but might upgrade to a deeper can sometime. After doing a bunch of planing and turning, there was only a tiny bit of dust in the bottom bag and nothing in the filter while all of the shavings were in the can. I have a couple of tips for maximum efficiency. Make sure the elbow is angled more towards the side of the can for a better cyclone effect, use a thick gauge plastic or metal can as a thin one will collapse under the pressure of the dust collector, and as soon as you notice the collector is dragging chips into the bag that is the indicator when the can is full. So far I am impressed with the efficiency of this system and the can is a lot easier to empty than the plastic bag.