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Penn State 2 HP dust collector review

Penn State 2 HP dust collector review

03-17-2016 03:06 PM by PPK | 7 comments »

I noticed that there don’t seem to be any reviews about Penn State dust collectors on here, and being as I bought one over Christmas time 2015, here’s my review. 1) This machine is pretty high value for the price, in my opinion. I paid ~ $270, and another $70? for shipping. I just looked today, and it seems to be selling for $230 right now, but is out of stock. See item 5e below for more on that!It is also made overseas, but what machine isn’t anymore? 2) The feature t...

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Sealing Collection & Filter Bags to Dust Collectors

Sealing Collection & Filter Bags to Dust Collectors

02-15-2016 02:54 AM by Kelly | 6 comments »

I bought this to wrap the area of my dust collection system where the plastic and filter bags mount to the collector. Before, I was getting small dust trails. After installation, I am not finding such trails. Obviously, I am getting a better seal with the foam than I was when just clamping the [four] bags directly to the metal of the collector. I had upgraded to one micron bags and they fit pretty well, but now they fit even better. In short, in a warm shop and clamped in place, or with pr...

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From Dust Pump to Dust Collector

From Dust Pump to Dust Collector

02-09-2016 08:50 PM by Kelly | 0 comments »

My three horse Jet had four nylon bags. The first time I ran it I suspected it had something in the area of twenty micron bags. In reality, they were probably five micron bags. Either way, it was nothing more than a chip collecting dust pump. I swapped the bottom bags for plastic ones, which took care of the bottom half. After shopping and comparing various bags, I found these. After installing them, I noticed an immediate improvement. They fit well, but I still noticed some occasion...

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Quality and Savings on Four Inch Flex Hose

Quality and Savings on Four Inch Flex Hose

02-09-2016 07:30 PM by Kelly | 2 comments »

This isn’t as heavy duty as the tubing I’ve been using for the past few years, which well tolerates being drug around my shop for vacuuming operations, or switching between machines. That said,this is about 1/3 the price and the fifty foot length allows me to cut sections to dedicate to each piece of equipment. The hose came nicely packaged in a square tube about four feet long. I have three collectors – a 1-1/2 horse Jet (canister), a “2 horse” Harbor F...

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It's Super for a Reason

It's Super for a Reason

02-09-2016 07:23 PM by Kelly | 0 comments »

My purchase of the Super Dust Deputy was inspired by the results of using my [metal version] Dust Deputy and Dust Gorilla. I’m running a Jet four bagger (3 HP dust collector with after market one micron bags) and use it, instead of a vacuum, to clean my shop floor, and around equipment. Screws, nails, nuts, bolts, pieces of wood and even an occasional tool get picked up in the course of cleaning. Normally, everything is drawn through the impeller blades. When chips and other large...

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Somewhere Between [or at] "Remarkable" and "Uh"

Somewhere Between [or at] "Remarkable" and "Uh"

02-09-2016 07:10 PM by Kelly | 2 comments »

Like others, I’m not certain what you can say about something like this, so I’ll mention what I do know: -It has no holes in it, except on the ends, so doesn’t leak air, other than where it should.-It’s smooth on both ends, so I can fit it inside of black sewer pipe I’ve cut into couplers, or into flex hose.-It bends air, which, I believe, most straight pipes can’t do.-It doesn’t glare under intense shop lighting.-It’s ends are not over-sized...

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Review of Bizarre Exercise Equipment

Review of Bizarre Exercise Equipment

02-09-2016 07:02 PM by Kelly | 3 comments »

This shouldn’t be a review of a piece of exercise equipment, its very nature, during use, requires me to treat it as such, in order to get across its behavior characteristics in the shop. I have several four inch flex hoses in my shop. Only this one returns to its original, retracted form. It is probable this will be the only one my shop will ever see, even if it fails and has to be replaced. PRO: Because it retracts to its original length, I don’t have to cut it for runs, t...

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Powerful Dust Collection with Some Work

Powerful Dust Collection with Some Work

01-30-2016 06:24 AM by Severian | 7 comments »

I installed a CV 1800 system a few months ago in my shop. I’m just a hobbyist, not a pro by any stretch, but I’m blessed to be able to own some nice tools. The CV takes a good amount of work to assemble and get the system running—it’s far from turnkey—but I rather enjoyed the process. The instructions were reasonably clear, and you can find YouTube videos too. The CV support was outstanding when I had questions and when one part needed to be replaced due to s...

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3.5 HP Pennstate DC upgrade.

3.5 HP Pennstate DC upgrade.

01-08-2016 04:01 PM by mike1950 | 8 comments »

Have not been around for a while- Life and a shop remodel has stopped woodworking for a while. Getting close to being fully operational again. Needed a DC upgrade so I purchased this unit slightly used. Most pipe and fittings had not been installed and package had most of what I needed. Also included -switched gates- so when gate is opened DC is turned on. I have not wired gates yet nor finished ductwork-waiting on a few parts- but what I have finished I do like. Equipped with muffler DC is n...

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CV 1800 Bundle Review

CV 1800 Bundle Review

01-05-2016 05:24 AM by JBrow | 15 comments »

My Requirements and Purchase Decision. I used a ½ hp dust collector with an awful filter bag for about 10 years before I outfitted it with a shop made cyclone from the “ShopNotes” design in 1998. I used that machine up until August 2015, when I purchased the Clearvue CV 1800 cyclone bundle. It was a shop upgrade long overdue, but probably like many woodworkers, I would rather spend money on wood cutting tools than on a vacuum cleaner. My decision to upgrade dust collection occurred earl...

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