Portable blower ideas for dust/chips/exhaust

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Forum topic by Keith Kelly posted 11-22-2016 06:07 PM 387 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Keith Kelly

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11-22-2016 06:07 PM

Periodically I want to take air from a certain area simply get it out of my garage. Like, when I form spoons with Kutzall burrs. Lots of dust clogs the DC pleated filter very quickly. I’d like to just get it outside.

One option would be a dust collector motor. I can set it outside and hook up hoses (that I already have) to it. That should have plenty of power.

Other ideas would be an in-line blower fan for ductwork. But I feel that would be considerably less air movement.

Have any of you tried something similar? I know that I need to be careful about fogging up the neighborhood, but I can probably rig up a hose-down water based containment system of old hvac filters to help with that.

-- Keith - Bolivar, Missouri, ...

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#1 posted 11-26-2016 02:53 AM

Keith Kelly,

A larger in-line squirrel cage fan will move a lot of air with a lot less noise than a dust collector fan. I built a downdraft slotted sanding table that used a squirrel cage fan to draw dust through furnace filters and it worked very well. The great thing about the squirrel cage fan is that, in my experience, heating and air companies will give away squirrel cage fans from old furnaces that are removed from homes. Free is always good. It takes a little time to clean away the dirt from the fan and the motor and wire on a plug, but these fans seem to last forever. A sheet or two of hardboard and some furring strips would be an inexpensive way to duct the system and provide a place for a $0.50 furnace filter to keep the neighbors happy.

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#2 posted 11-26-2016 03:07 AM

That’s a brilliant idea. Especially the part about old HVAC units. I know a few people who may have connections.

My (much more terrible) idea over the weekend was to use my leaf blower to intake the dust and shoot it out through a hose. The major downside would be noise. Your idea is way better.

-- Keith - Bolivar, Missouri, ...

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