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Forum topic by Randy Woodworker posted 04-04-2012 02:47 PM 1339 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Randy Woodworker

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04-04-2012 02:47 PM

Any users out there? Did you make one that fits into the bucket or as a top hat on top of the bucket? How well did it work as compared to just using the inlet/outlet piping? How much do you think it cuts down on suction?

Thanks


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#1 posted 04-04-2012 03:23 PM

Lance built one of the better looking Thein style separators and it is well documented on LJ. Look him up and read about his separator step by step.

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#2 posted 04-04-2012 03:31 PM

If you have a dust collector, as opposed to a shop vac, I would be very careful about using a bucket (assuming you mean something like a 5 gal bucket.) The air flow will be so high in a bucket nothing will fall out. I’ve got a 30gal metal trash can in front of my PM DC and if the chip level gets much higher than 6”-8” is starts carrying over.

You need more area to slow down the air enough to get chips and dust to drop out.

-- John

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#3 posted 04-04-2012 03:32 PM

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#4 posted 04-04-2012 03:36 PM

Ryan I think the separator is a good device. It probably makes a good collector into a better collector. If they were the best system then all the manufacturer’s would use them instead of the cyclone type separator. I think a cyclone will make a good system into a much better system. I am certainly no knocking the Thein type separator because I believe they will help. I am just saying the cyclone type is a better system and I think you can get them pretty reasonably from E-Bay or some place like that. Like I said if the Thein type was the best then all the top shelf collector manufacturers would be using them.

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#5 posted 04-04-2012 03:40 PM

I have one for my shop vac, and one for my dust collector. I wouldn’t use one without it. You might take a slight hit initially on suction, but you maintain flow FAR longer than you do without a separator. I didn’t go all fancy with a top hat, I built a side inlet type separator where the inlet was cut into the side of the drum…

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