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Forum topic by TheDane posted 07-07-2011 02:57 AM 4898 views 2 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-07-2011 02:57 AM

Topic tags/keywords: question dust collector canister

I made a pretty decent Craigslist score today … bought a Jet DC-650A (model 708640) Dust Collector in like new condition for $50.

The guy bought it when retired and was setting up a shop, then decided he really didn’t like woodworking! If this DC was ever used at all, it saw only very light use.

This is the 115 volt, 1hp model with a 14” 30 micron bag on top.

That bag will stop chips, but any fine dust goes right through into the air in the shop. Not good.

I want to replace the top bag with a canister … any recommendations?


-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#1 posted 07-07-2011 03:14 AM

I scored a Delta last year on craiglist. I chose to tru a Heavy Duty Felt that was 1 micron or less – this is the link to what I used – – I did have to have my sister cut a small amount off of the length and re-sew a “hem” around the bottom for my application. This set up for the top and bottom bag has seemed to work GREAT for my application.

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#2 posted 07-07-2011 04:28 AM

Grizzly sells those pleated cannisters with the crank on top to clean them. Not sure if it will fit a Jet but I love the one on my Grizz. Id look into it.

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#3 posted 07-07-2011 05:55 AM

I replaced the bag on my Delta with a Wynn, you can call or check the website.

I called, talked to the owner and answered all my questions. Great company to work with. Since you got a great deal on the system, do yourself and your lungs a favor and get the pleated filter. It helps to have an air compressor to blow it off now and again.

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#4 posted 07-07-2011 11:01 PM

I bought my JET DC with the Dust Dawg canister and clear plastic lower bag and then made myself a pre-separator to avoid having to empty the bag very often. Canister is the way to go in my opinion : )
Congrats on your great purchase !

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#5 posted 07-07-2011 11:34 PM

Gerry, check this out and see if that is what you need
Good luck with it.


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#6 posted 07-07-2011 11:57 PM

I added a cartridge filter from Wyn to my Steel City DC. If you go that route and find the turnbuckles are too long have a look at my blog for an alternative attachment clip.

I find that I need to do a good job cleaning out the filter media – be it the original felt bag or the current cartridge – whenever I empty the chip bag. Otherwise I loose a lot of airflow by the time the chip bag gets full the next time. Wyn recommends a Thien separator to minimize the stuff getting to the filter. My DC is in a cramped spot, so I am experimenting with adding a Thien-inspired baffle at the bottom of my DC separator ring. Kinda like the new Jet DC. Jury is still out; I think I let the chip bag get too full the one time it has needed emptying since the baffle went in.

Some people use a Thien separator in front of the DC blower and then simply vent the discharge of the blower outside. That is probably the optimal solution (max airflow, min cost, min dust recirculation) where it is practical. Have a look at all the UTube videos that show these things trapping all the visible stuff.

-- Greg D.

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#7 posted 07-07-2011 11:59 PM

Found a one micron canister filter kit online (at for $207.00. This one is made for this collector … no donuts, adapters, etc.

Even with the cost of the canister, I feel like a got a great deal!


-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#8 posted 07-08-2011 12:20 AM

I was searching for you as well..looks like we ended up in the same place . Best price that I was able to find without doing a lot of cobbling.
Don’t forget you’ll need the clear plastic bags for the filter to perform properly : )

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#9 posted 10-22-2012 07:49 PM

It looks like I am a little late for Gerry’s search, but FYI for anyone else looking… Western Tool Supply has pleated filters for the DC650 for $79. That includes the crank for cleaning the filter.

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#10 posted 10-22-2012 11:43 PM

posted in error.

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