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Forum topic by William Shelley posted 09-09-2017 05:21 AM 582 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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William Shelley

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09-09-2017 05:21 AM

I’m trying to maximize space in my small workshop and part of that means finding an out-of-the-way spot for the dust collector. I have an area with a low 6ft ceiling in one corner of the shop, and I was thinking about mounting the DC unit itself in the corner, and plumbing the ducting through the exterior wall to a chip separator (probably a cyclone) that would dump dust/chips into a 55-gallon blue plastic barrel. The actual filter would still be inside the shop so that I don’t lose any heated air in the winter.

Does this seem like a reasonable plan?

-- Woodworking from an engineer's perspective


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#1 posted 09-09-2017 06:15 AM

So basically loop it outside to a separator then back inside to the filter. I don’t see why it wouldn’t work. You’re going to lose some heat but negligible.

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#2 posted 09-09-2017 11:44 AM

It should work fine, the biggest problem may be knowing when the bin is full. Like Rick said there will still be some heat loss, but shouldn’t be too bad at all.

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#3 posted 09-09-2017 12:35 PM

William…..your in luck…..You live in a country where you can do that any way you prefer.

Although…sounds sorta futile to me….not much bang for the buck for the effort

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#4 posted 09-09-2017 02:14 PM

I know I’m probably not saving myself a ton of space with this, but it would let me put the DC + Filter in a spot that is less accessible. I can’t really use the spot for much else without sacrificing more floor space.

if I have to empty my barrel of chips once a week then the filter might only need to be cleaned out once a month or less. In that case I would be okay with having to move something out of the way to get to the DC filter.

Regarding fill level, that might be an issue. Honestly, my favorite way to deal with stuff like this is to remove barriers that enable me to be lazy. If emptying the chip drum takes virtually no time and is super easy then there’s much less chance that I’d skip it.

I guess if I get a white plastic 55-gallon barrel, instead of the more common blue, then I could put a light inside or behind it to see the level of chips in there.

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#5 posted 09-09-2017 02:17 PM

You can fill a 55 gallon drum with shavings in one 45 minute session of planing.

Try to keep the drum inside the shop.

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#6 posted 09-09-2017 02:26 PM



You can fill a 55 gallon drum with shavings in one 45 minute session of planing.

Try to keep the drum inside the shop.

- rwe2156

Or maybe even less. I have a 16” jointer/planer. Guess that means I’d just need to check it every half hour then :)

-- Woodworking from an engineer's perspective

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#7 posted 09-09-2017 04:28 PM

Maybe the the downside is the static pressure losses with the various bends and turns in the line.

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#8 posted 09-09-2017 05:46 PM

Nice thing about being outside is you can make it easier to empty. It doesn’t have to be a drum.

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#9 posted 09-09-2017 05:49 PM



Nice thing about being outside is you can make it easier to empty. It doesn t have to be a drum.

- Rick M

Definitely a plus. I always seem to spill sawdust all over when I empty the bag on my current DC setup. Not to mention all the dust that then becomes airborne. Having this messy part be outside would be a big plus.

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#10 posted 09-09-2017 05:55 PM

Unless you’re committed to minimal machinery,
floor space in a small wood shop fills up
easily in my experience. Figure in infeed/outfeed
paths and all that and wringing every bit
of usable space out of a shop makes a lot
of sense.

I even have a Legacy mill hanging from the
ceiling on a winch.

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