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Building a cyclone system

Building a cyclone system

75 days ago by Crickett | 19 comments »

**I built my shop within the past two years and at first, I have to admit the dust collection wasn’t much of a concern to me. I simply would use adapters and wheel around my shop vac to different machines as needed. The more and more ignored this problem (for the sake of more time woodworking of course) I would notice how many respirators I started going through. But being how I am, I couldn’t just go by a cyclone system from someone – I had a burning need to piece one toget...

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I finally got my DC man it sucks

I finally got my DC man it sucks

1981 days ago by Jim | 18 comments »

I ordered my Penn State 1 1/2 hp “Dustroyer” a week ago Sunday and I finally got it today. I was home with a “sick” 2 year old that when I asked if he wanted to go out to the shop he grabbed his coat. He helped me set it up witch took about an hour would have been less time with less help. The directions stink. I had to stick it in the addition until mommy came home and it stands 92” tall so it has to be lined up justright in the shop to fit. This evening I hook...

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My new Penn State Lathe.

My new Penn State Lathe.

2073 days ago by Karson | 16 comments »

I bought this lathe to make a cane for my Mother-in-Law. I had a small Ryobi lathe that I used for making pens but it only had around 16” length. Not enough room for a cane. I bought the variable speed version from Penn State Industries because I felt that it would be easier to use. It comes with a belt drive and a 3 step pulley. You can change the belt drive to change the speeds. The variable speed gives you a range within each of the pulley ranges. The motor is Motor: 1/2HP (650-38...

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Well made, no assembly instr, Lathe doesn't work

Well made, no assembly instr, Lathe doesn't work

1163 days ago by T32 | 16 comments »

I bought the 10” VS TurnCrafter Pro after reading all the reviews I could find. Built and finished a stand for it, read the user manual twice, then set about putting it together. The thin plastic “zip lock sandwich-bag-style” packaging was ripped so I had to hunt for the contents. And with no instructions I had to go by the diagram in the user manual to see for example that a short handle needs to be added to the adjusting wheel on the back of the tailstock. The wiring to th...

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Lathe Duplicator for Mini Lathes

Lathe Duplicator for Mini Lathes

2069 days ago by Karson | 16 comments »

I’ve got this Penn State Lathe Duplicator I have mine mounted on a Ryobi Mini Lathe. I believe that it works for many brands. It’s not an all inclusive duplicator like the Vega. If you can make a pattern in something about 1/16” thick then you can fit it into the holding mechanism. Here are the Penn State templates This is a brass pattern of a small spindle that I’m making. The spindles are for a Vintage Sleigh I’m making. You mount your blank in the...

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Canister Filters

Canister Filters

1370 days ago by dbray45 | 16 comments »

I have a generic 2HP dust collector that had a bag filter. This system, when started up, would give off a pretty good puff of dust in the air, kind of defeating what it was suppored to do. I recently bought a cannister filter and new bottom bag for this from Penn State. The overall permformance is much better and the dust in the shop much less. They give the filter a liftime warranty. They have differnt size filters to fit different rigs and for the price, wasn’t too bad when you in...

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Penn State Industries 2.5HP Tempest S-Series Cyclone Dust Collector  Temp1425S

Penn State Industries 2.5HP Tempest S-Series Cyclone Dust Collector Temp1425S

71 days ago by English | 14 comments »

I am a retired engineer. I have a 672 sq. ft. shop. I purchased my 2.5 hp Tempest S in Jan 2014. I built a isolated support stand out of 2” x 4” board and mounted the Tempest so that the top was at 110” about 10” from the ceiling. I installed a 6” sheet metal duct system made of 6” 26 gauge snap lock duct and 6” 26 gauge fittings. I was able to find the 26 gauge 6” duct, 90° elbows and reducers at Ferguson. I found the flue style wyes at Home Depot online. The 6” blast gates are s...

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Penn State Industries Temp 142CX Dust Collector

Penn State Industries Temp 142CX Dust Collector

2007 days ago by ND2ELK | 13 comments »

The dust collection unit that I chose for my 14 X 21 shop was the Temp142CX from Penn State Industries. Some specifications and reasons for picking this unit are as follows: 2 HP, 220V Motor14” Impeller – 6 Fin½ Micron Filter CartridgesUp to 12 DropsUp to 30 Ft. RunsUp to 1200 Sq. Ft.5 Yr. Warranty I used the economy 26 GA duct work which was noticeably heavier than the stores. Penn State had everything I needed to put this unit in. There was nothing that I ordered that they did not hav...

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PSI Customer Support

PSI Customer Support

1815 days ago by scopemonkey | 13 comments »

OK..OK…this isn’t about a new cool tool. However, sometimes it is nice to recognize the service and people behind those cool new tools. I recently placed an order with Penn State Industries online and used a gift debit card that I thought had enough on it to cover the order. Well, it didn’t and the order “bounced.” I got a very nice call and email and the Customer Service agent (Judy) worked things out for me with as courteous a tone as you could imagine. ...

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Pennstate Midi Lathe

Pennstate Midi Lathe

1984 days ago by interpim | 12 comments »

EDIT: I have now had this lathe for over a year now, and I am still very happy with it. I have now turned bowls, pens, spindles etc… on it, and it has done very well. I still haven’t pulled the trigger on the extension, but to be perfectly honest, I haven’t had a need for an extension yet. I did purchase a barracuda chuck system from PSI, as well as a new set of Benjamin Best lathe chisels. The motor has held up well, and I am still on the first belt that came with it....

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