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10-26-2010 10:45 PM

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I read that the paddles damage the inside of the air filter cartridges on dust collectors. What is your experience with them?
Thank you.
Bert

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#1 posted 10-26-2010 10:54 PM

Don’t have one. But yeah, I have heard that…

I have been able to simply tap down my cartridge after each use, it stays pretty clean. But then again, I have a separator in line as well…

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#2 posted 10-26-2010 11:15 PM

I do not yet have a cartridge filter on my dust collector but already I am thinking about installing a small vibrator on it to vibrate the dust out.
The vibrator would automatically comes on for a few second each time the dust collector is turned off.
No contact with the pleads = no damages.
Good, good vibrations!

-- Bert

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#3 posted 10-26-2010 11:37 PM

I use my paddle usually once a week and I have a clear lower bag so I see it’s actually working and dropping lots of accumulated dust. I’ve gone through 5 full lower bags and my 2 micron cartridge is still very clean. I’ll take a pic from the inside of the cartridge so you can see what it actually looks like. As it rotates it only touches a little bit of each filter fold. It’s not enough to bend them or do harm, but enough to cause them to vibrate to drop most dust.

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#4 posted 10-27-2010 01:34 AM

I took the pictures and here they are. I never thought that the paddle could in fact be doing harm. The paddle only touches about 1/8” of the edge of the filter and from the outside it looks perfect.

Now that I look at these pics though, I do see wear where the paddle has rubbed against the filter. I’m guessing this could shorten its life but I don’t know by how much. Maybe I should stop turning it once a week and wait a while longer.

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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#5 posted 10-27-2010 01:52 AM

I’m curious Where are you hearing this from?

Of course the paddle touching the exact place WILL eventually worn out the cartilage when you turn it. Your suppose to clean it every time you use it. I have the Grizzly dust collector for couple of months, I turn it often. So far I don’t see any damaged fibers.

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#6 posted 10-27-2010 02:35 AM

Since April, long enough to fill up 5 bags of dust. I dont think the wear is that bad, but it is more worn in that area than the rest. Damaged though? I’d disagree.

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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#7 posted 10-27-2010 04:12 AM

Eric try unscrewing the paddle and re adjust it to half way into the canister edge.

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#8 posted 10-27-2010 01:14 PM

Glivingston, not a bad idea. I may need a reminder though.

Steven, what is the purpose of moving it further into the filter cleats? It works just fine as is. No matter how much of the material it hits, it will still wear more in that area.

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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