|Forum topic by Lee Imbimbo||posted 02-06-2010 08:28 PM||2881 views||0 times favorited||13 replies|
02-06-2010 08:28 PM
Well I’ve completed my Router Table Design, and have moved onto Designing my Own Cyclone Dust Collector.
Link to Cyclone Plans:
The Author said that he designed the system around the the Penn State Industries DC3XX Blower which is a 1.5 HP Motor rated for 850 CFM. However, as I’m sure all of us are aware this CFM number is probably in accurate, that it actually represents some super high value that if the motor were to operate at it would burn out in a matter of minutes. I’ve yet to get a straight answer as to what the motor can actually produce.
Link for Blower:
Another blower made by Central Machinery and sold at Harbor Freight is listed as a 1HP motor that is rated for 914 CFM. However, once again I’m sure this is really some unrealistic number.
I’m designing this system to fit a relatively small shop (my roughly 250 square foot 2 car garage), with maybe 30-50 feet of overall ducting traveling to maybe six machines of which I’ll control with blast gates and really only be using one at a time.
I haven’t completely figured out all the ducting yet, but I kind of figured that no one machine will be more than 15 feet of ducting away from the machine.
I guess what I’m wondering, is have any of you actually built this cyclone? Do any of you have any experience with these two companies? What is your impression of their products? Do you know of another Blower motor that I could consider? And How much suction do I really need to make a system work?
I mean if I were going by the specs, it seems like the Harbor Freight machine was the better buy. It uses less electricity, claims to have a higher output, is roughly the same size, and well it’s almost $150 less. However, the woodstore.net article is designed around the Penn State Model.
I’m hoping that some of you can give me some feedback. I’m trying to design my entire garage shop before I go buying a million pieces of equipment and then I can get a better idea of what I can fit. Plus this will make my wife even happier.
Thanks for the help.