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04-27-2011 11:55 PM

I have a Jet Cannister-Style Dust Collector (DC-1100CK), I am wondering could I Vacuum the extra dust thats in the cannister? Or do I need to buy a new cannnister?


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#1 posted 04-27-2011 11:57 PM

Before buying a new canister, I would certainly try to vacuum or blow it out or something. I don’t have a dust collector so can’t say for sure, but based on the cost of those things, I would think that surely you can clean them somehow.

Doc

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#2 posted 04-28-2011 12:00 AM

Thats what I think!

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#3 posted 04-28-2011 12:59 AM

I think some residual dust actually acts to catch smaller particles. Can you tell that the dust build up is causing the collector to strain? If it’s really caked up I’d try to blow (air compressor) from the outside – in. I would do this gently so you don’t damage the fiber filter. I do this with furnace style filters on my overhead filter system. I’ll reiterate the “gently” part…you don’t want to blow holes in it. That sure would stink to have to replace the canister.

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#4 posted 04-28-2011 01:07 AM

That has a crank handle on top, right? That should do it. It turns a flapper that agitates the filter on the inside.

If you decide to blow it out, use low pressure air, maybe 10 psi. Blow the air from the outside to the inside. We used to clean air filters by blowing them out in the opposite direction of the normal airflow.All the air that gets sucked into your dust collector has to get out through the filter, from the inside to the outside.

Don’t take it off the unit. Blow it out just as it is. Do you have see through bags? If you see dust falling , it’s working. Don’t over do it.

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#5 posted 04-28-2011 01:10 AM

Jason, you type faster than me. It’s all good!

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#6 posted 04-28-2011 01:39 AM

It has a handle, I dont have any see through bags. I need to get some more. Do I need the 14in diameter bag or the 20in diameter bag.

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#7 posted 04-28-2011 03:59 PM

According to this manual, you need the 20” bag.

Here’s your bag at Toolorbit.com, that’s where I get mine.

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#8 posted 04-28-2011 04:03 PM

Ok thanks, Hairy.

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#9 posted 04-28-2011 04:03 PM

That manual link isn’t working. Google it.

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#10 posted 04-28-2011 04:12 PM

I will.

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#11 posted 04-28-2011 04:18 PM

You can blow the canister out from the outside so you aren’t driving the chips / dust further into the pleats, and then when all that settles, take it off, and shop vac out what remains in the pleats… Mind you, you want some dust cake, it actually helps the filter do its job, you just don’t want it jammed up is all…

Do you have a Thien separator / baffle installed in it yet? If not, give it some serious thought, it will help you go a LOT longer between cleanings / suction loss due to the canister getting plugged, not to mention they are cheap and easy to make! It won’t give you ClearVue cyclone type performance, but it WILL outperform store bought trash can separators, and even a neutral vane…

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#12 posted 04-28-2011 04:25 PM

Dont have a Thien separator/baffle installed. I really only have my DC hook up to my planer. I got some more hose and stuff before I can hook it up to my table saw and other tools.

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