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Forum topic by youdidntbuildthat72 posted 12-26-2016 04:34 PM 1569 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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youdidntbuildthat72

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12-26-2016 04:34 PM

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Hi all new here and first question posted here.
I am looking for some sort of dust collection system (not a shop vac) that will work that doesnt use bags. I see a lot of the larger to medium sized units and they all use bags that I’m guessing the company will sell you as I’m sure they breakdown or get holes in them over time. Are there any dust systems that don’t use bags if so can someone point me in the right direction to some???? Thanks so much looking forward to being here at lumberjacks and learning from you all. :)


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Fred Hargis

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#1 posted 12-26-2016 04:46 PM

Are you referring to the plastic bags that some use for the chips/dust? You shouldn’t worry about that too much since you could buy yard bags or other heavy duty plastic bags at the box stores, or even convert to unit to use a trash can to catch the dust.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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#2 posted 12-26-2016 05:18 PM

Are you looking for a cyclone system? Cyclonic dust extractors create a vortex to separate out the large wood particles from the finest dust. The vast bulk of this material drops into a canister, and the remainder passes through a filter to return to the workspace. These systems are very effective and can be enhanced further by HEPA filters on the back end.

The consumables are very low. I’ve been running a “Grizzly “machine for several years and am still using the original filter.

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youdidntbuildthat72

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#3 posted 01-01-2017 06:54 PM

Yeah RogR that sounds more like what I am wanting the cyclone system. I was worried about having to constantly buy bags that I would just throw away so that sounds much better.

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HorizontalMike

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#4 posted 01-01-2017 07:12 PM

I have been using my HF DC system +6yr and I think I am on my 2nd bag, not that the first had holes but because I have so many spares. After all these bags are 10mils thick, some really heavy stuff. FWIW, the only thing that bothers me is having to re-hang the bags after emptying them. Would probably be better to add another can for collecting the fine stuff. Running a Thien top-hat separator w/30gal can for the bigger dust.

Bottom line, don’t let the 10mil plastic bags scare you off. They are quite sturdy.

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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robscastle

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#5 posted 01-01-2017 07:55 PM

Make one yourself from plastic buckets there are lots of self built articles within this site.

Watch out for static eletricity too so install effective grounding

Otherwise go up market to bins


They do not need to be this big first up.

-- Regards Robert

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robscastle

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#6 posted 01-01-2017 08:00 PM

Make one yourself from plastic buckets there are lots of self built articles within this site.

Watch out for static electricity too, so install effective grounding.

Otherwise go up market to bins


They do not need to be this big first up.

-- Regards Robert

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RogR

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#7 posted 01-02-2017 02:32 AM

By the time this can is full, it is just about too heavy to carry anyway. Make sure you get a remote control with whatever you select.

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