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Forum topic by bigfoot62 posted 03-08-2012 10:50 PM 2114 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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bigfoot62

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03-08-2012 10:50 PM

I’ve just tried out this contraption, and wonder of wonders it works! I didn’t epoxy the connections at the pipes cause I was in a hurry to try this thing out. I’ll epoxy them later on when I get it tested out completely.
I have just a Craftsman 20 gal 6.5hp vacuum hooked up to the cyclone so I didn’t expect to much from it, but after I hooked it up, I held my hand over the inlet and the metal garbage can started to collapse, so it seems to be working fine, only time will tell.

-- My best friend has always been my Labradore Retriever!


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#1 posted 03-08-2012 11:52 PM

Nice looking rig. You did a nice job on it!!!

john

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#2 posted 03-09-2012 02:53 AM

Thanks John, I’ve epoxyed all the connections in the unit now but I’ve got a problem! The garbage can collapses in quite abit every time I run it. after a few times of this and I’ll be getting cracks in the metal.

-- My best friend has always been my Labradore Retriever!

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#3 posted 03-09-2012 03:20 AM

Probably too little volume air in your cyclone. It works
and separates of course. Make your next version
3-5x the diameter and I reckon you’ll see better
performance.

It appears you are running the system with a shop
vac, which is fine, but noisy and not as nice as
a blower-driven setup. I’ve collected plenty of
chips using a cyclone trash can lid and a shop vac,
but my current blower driven cyclone is both quieter
and more effective with long duct runs.

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#4 posted 03-09-2012 03:57 AM

Ya your right, I do need to let this rig breath easier. with larger pipes and hoses, but I don’t have a large dust collector, maybe some day I’ll get one, but building this has given me much expierence in dust collection construction. So for now I’ll give this bad boy a run for it’s money to see where this goes in the future.
Thanks for the input, very helpfull!

-- My best friend has always been my Labradore Retriever!

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