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Forum topic by slimt posted 08-24-2010 08:28 PM 987 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-24-2010 08:28 PM

I have a small craftsman dust collecter for my 13 inch planer it works fine with hard woods but becuse of the saftey bars on the intake when i work soft woods the longer stinger shavings catch on the cross bars and clog the intake pipe . Iam thinking about removing the cross bars any other ideas ?

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#1 posted 08-24-2010 09:09 PM

You might try using a preseparator on a trash can to remove the shavings prior to them getting to the intake port on the dust collector.

Something like this is what I’m talking about.

If you remove the crossbars, you risk exposing your dust collector blades to harmful amounts of material. Best to leave the cross bars in place in my opinion.

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#2 posted 08-24-2010 10:19 PM

Thanks for your input I felt that to , I like your idea but wonder if the collector would power it ?

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#3 posted 08-24-2010 10:24 PM

How long and what size tubing is the run between your planer and your dust collector? What is the CFM rating of the dust collector?

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#4 posted 08-25-2010 01:57 AM

I to had thought about removing the cross bars on my dust collector as well. I found that for the price of the separator that Dustin mentioned. I was able to make my own separator by means of a fiber barrel and making a Thien collector from the lid. It works well and I have no problems with it and I saved money as well.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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#5 posted 08-25-2010 02:28 AM

The tube length is 10 feet by 4 inches max cfm is 500

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#6 posted 08-25-2010 03:49 AM

My old craftsman dust collector doesn’t have any safety bars on it. I’ve been using it just fine for over 15 years.

I just got a HF 2HP, and cut the crossbars off while putting it together. :-)

-- Gerry,

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#7 posted 08-25-2010 04:33 PM

Have the same collector, cut out the crossbars with a pair of tin snips about a year ago. It solved the clog issue and I haven’t had any issues.

What you want to avoid though is sucking up anything that will jam the blades, paper towels, rags, etc.

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