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Forum topic by Don posted 02-25-2013 02:45 PM 1364 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-25-2013 02:45 PM

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So, with my new Craftex CX200 table saw in place and humming away, it’s time to turn my attention to my dust collection setup. I have the Craftex CT030 dust collector running to a chip separator to the various machines. I have noticed that the collection is poor at the TS and I have quite a buildup in the bottom of the cabinet.

I’m wondering if it’s a design flaw of the saw or perhaps it’s time to run a hose straight to the TS and avoid the chip separator. I’ve seen reviews on the cyclone lid from BB which I own and some negative comments on the way the 4” ports are set up so I was looking on the Lee Valley site at their cyclone lids when I came across this:

“Caution: Lids are not recommended for machines with built-in chip impellers”

So it would seem that the lids are only truly meant for systems using vacuums and not a full blown dust collector!


-- -- Don in Ottawa,

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#1 posted 02-25-2013 03:49 PM

I think what they mean by “machines with built in chip impellers” is tools like my planer.
My planer has an impeller that sucks the chips off the workpiece and then throws the chips out the back of the machine through a tube.

I don’t see a problem, however, unless your collector fan is too weak to generate adequate static pressure beyond the separator. But, that is a collector problem, not a separator problem.

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#2 posted 02-26-2013 05:43 AM

The built in chip impellers probably are reference to one machine—the Dewalt 735 planer. I’m not familiar with your TS, but all table saws are somewhat problematic when it comes to dust collection. That’s because there are so many places for air to enter. Contractor saws are worst in that regard. There have been posts showing how to build a box completely around the motor extending out the backside of a contractor saw, and of course you have to seal them underneath, too. Even my Unisaw is not great, though I know I can improve it by building a shroud around the motor opening, and plugging up as many holes as possible. I’ll get around to it someday.

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#3 posted 02-26-2013 12:52 PM

Yup….confirmation from LV customer support, they are talking about machines with built in impellers, like the DW735….negates the cyclone action of the lid.

-- -- Don in Ottawa,

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