Went to Rockler last week to use my 20% off coupon and while I was there I saw a package of fittings
http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?page=25225 for building a separator for $19.00. I have seen all of the home built and store bought separators so I figured I’d try making one myself to go along with my dust collector. The drum is a recycled 40 gallon fiber shipping container with lid and V band clamp that I purchased from a shipping company for $11.00, the hose I already had on my dust collector. So for $30.00 I now have a separator. Earlier in the week I’d been cutting some wood on the table saw but hadn’t hooked up the dust collector since I was only gonna make a few cuts (yea right) and when I opened it up to clean it out it was full so I figured now was the time to finish the separator and test it out. I emptied out the collectors bag, hooked up the hoses to the separator and began sucking out all the sawdust. After cleaning out all the sawdust I opened the drum and it looked like all the dust from the saw was in the separator so I inspected the bag from the dust collector and there was less than 1 cup of very fine sawdust in the bag. Next I tested it on small chunks of wood and carving shavings, then inspected the drum and the bag. None of the material made it to the bag. This thing works great. I highly recommend this product from Rockler and the system, especially if your working on a tight budget. The fittings come with a set of plans for building a drum type as well as a mobile cabinet type with drawers for easy emptying of sawdust for a planner or other power tools. The kit comes with all the fittings you need to build the drum separator minus the drum of course. The fittings on top have wide flanges and have threads that mate with the internal fittings which also have wide flanges. No need for sealant or gaskets, once you snug up the fittings there’s no leakage. Thanks for looking.
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