Clogs in the DC hose

  • Advertise with us

« back to Focus on the Workspace forum

Forum topic by gfadvm posted 03-31-2011 05:26 AM 1520 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View gfadvm's profile


14940 posts in 2654 days

03-31-2011 05:26 AM

I have just started getting clogs in my 4” hose just before it enters the dust collectorGrizzly cannister filter type.Problem only occurs when planing cedar or pine[large fluffy shavings],no problems with oak,walnut,osage orange,etc.I have 10 feet of 4” hose,then 7 feet of 21/2” to the planer. No clogs in the 2 1/2 which I dont understand.Any suggestions would be appreciated.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

10 replies so far

View cabmaker's profile


1720 posts in 2773 days

#1 posted 03-31-2011 05:39 AM

If youll remove the y from the impeller unit you will see a protective grid made of plastic. Large fluffy chips will build quickly there. I use to use these type collectors and they all did that . I eventually removed the grid and eliminated the problem. Some will advise that the grid is there to protect the impeller from large chunks and that is correct, but I never experianced a problem by doing so. And I have ran many types of material and many hundreds if not thousends of bd. ft. doing this.

View NBeener's profile


4816 posts in 3138 days

#2 posted 03-31-2011 05:47 AM

If it were me, I would add a chip separator or Thien baffle.

-- -- Neil

View Gregn's profile


1642 posts in 2948 days

#3 posted 03-31-2011 03:14 PM

I have to second Neil’s suggestion. By removing the grid you could end up with a bigger clog.

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

View 8iowa's profile


1580 posts in 3725 days

#4 posted 03-31-2011 03:54 PM

The fact that you don’t have any clogs in the 2 1/2” hoses is an important clue. You likely have a velocity problem in the 4” hoses. Air velocity in the hoses needs to be at least 3500 fpm in order to suspend the dust & chips in the turbulent airstream. When the chips enter the 4” hoses the velocity falls by a factor of 2.57, inversly proportional to the difference in the cross sectional area of the hoses. Whenever dust and chips accumulate in the hoses, low velocity is usually the problem. If you run 2 1/2” hoses all the way to the dust collector the problem will likely be solved.

I know that this is a difficult concept to grasp as the common belief is that “the bigger the pipe the better the flow”. However, the velocity must be kept at or above 3500 fpm for successful dust collection.

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

View TheWoodsman's profile


65 posts in 2861 days

#5 posted 04-05-2011 06:09 AM

8iowa is on it. 3500 to 4500 feet per minute is the typical air-speed range that DC design follows for woodworking. I would make sure the filters are clean before resizing pipes/hoses. Keep in mind that sanding dust packs filters pretty quickly and they need to be beat or shaken regularly.

-- I'm the Woodsman . . . the four-wheelin', tree-farmin', custom-furniture-makin' descendant of Olaf "The Woodcutter" Ingjaldsson.

View brtech's profile


1028 posts in 2887 days

#6 posted 04-05-2011 10:58 PM

While I suspect you are right that the problem is the step down to 2 1/2, a better solution would be 4” all the way, rather than 2 1/2” all the way. He has the Griz with the canister, which has enough oomph for the 4”.

Of course. 17’ of flex is pretty bad.

Consider replumbing with 4” PVC, or PVC to within a couple of feet and then 4” flex to the planer.
If you do that: no 90s, only 45s and a short section of straight duct.

And the Thein separator is a really good idea.

View verdesardog's profile


158 posts in 2576 days

#7 posted 04-06-2011 09:09 PM

I have a 30 gallon oil drum I use as a seperator before my DC, I have put two 4” elbows in the lid to make a semi cyclone in the can and an 8” square dischagre to 4” flex hose It keeps all the big chuncks out of the impeller, it even does a decent job of collecting dust!

-- .. heyoka ..

View gfadvm's profile


14940 posts in 2654 days

#8 posted 04-08-2011 04:48 AM

I replaced the first 10 feet of 4” flex with 4” pvc and this appears to have solved the problem.Thanks for the suggestions.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

View bubinga's profile


861 posts in 2632 days

#9 posted 04-08-2011 05:09 AM

I don’t why you would not, have 4” all the way to planer

-- E J ------- Always Keep a Firm Grip on Your Tool

View Al Killian's profile

Al Killian

85 posts in 2590 days

#10 posted 04-11-2011 05:11 AM

cut the cross grid out and you wont have any problems. We have a 2 hp grzzly and we had to cut the grid out to keep it from plugging.

-- Owner of custom millwork shop

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics