Last winter Steve (kizerpea) posted this home built canister filter. It caught my attention because I had a large DC system in my Canadian shop that employed a bag filter. Having just done a canister conversion on my HF DC in AZ (how’s that for acronyms), I was all ears especially the part about using truck filters. .... FREE truck filters.
It has taken me a while to get around to it but today I was at the point where that &%^$#&^# dust bag needed to be cleaned. I HATE cleaning it and I know that it doesn’t filter well enough and I know that it creates too much resistance but I had put off the switch because of the need to order filters from another country and the fact that there are no filters set up to fit my DC.
Realizing that this time was coming I had been checking around and discovered that the local truck shops were reluctant to give away used filters (because of environmental liability I think). So I had a look at new ones and bought two of the cheapest. They are cheap, incidentally because they are very popupar and high volume sellers, not because they are any lesser in quality.
Anyway. to make a long story short, Here’s what I had when I went into town to buy filters after lunch today.
And here’s what I had at four o’clock.
It was a simple matter of building a quick manifold that screwed to the wall and fit over the 8” exhaust of my DC. It has two 7” holes in the bottom and a rod bolt to cinch up the filters.
Now for the good part. When I started it up it pulled an entire garbage can full of junk out of my system.
It was sucking madly at the distant outlets that had been disappointing from the start and it was quieter into the bargain. All this and nano filter efficiency for $100 and two and a half hours of work. Unbelievable. I won’t be able to sit for a week from all the kicking I’ve been giving myself.
For the record my system is underfloor and consists of a 30’ X 8” main, 6” secondaries and shortish 4” tertiary lines, all PVC and all connected up with very smooth home made “Y’s”. The few 4” ones never worked… now they do. The planer shavings, if they were long, as from a wide board, would often jam a line unless the bag was quite clean. Now I’m thinking of tightening the bolts that hold the planer head in the planer.
What can I say. I may not have used your system Steve but thanks just the same for the kick in the butt that got me started.
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