|Forum topic by Jasoninsacramento||posted 03-10-2013 09:04 PM||1189 views||0 times favorited||7 replies|
03-10-2013 09:04 PM
Once again, I’ve returned to my favorite place to ask questions! This time about dust collection. I’ve read a lot of forums, Bill Pentz’s work, etc…. With all of that, I still have a question.
I bought a nice used Jet DC-1000c for my basement workshop. The DC unit has a 6” intake, but came with a Y that sits on the 6” opening and splits it into two 4” intakes. Right now I’ve got one of those hooked up to a hose for vacuuming the floor and the other attached to 4” metal ductwork that runs the center of my basement ceiling then out to other machines. I’ve installed blast gates at each machine, and am actually pretty darn proud of what I’ve set up. I should mention that I’m a hobbyist and rarely use more than one machine at a time.
Now I’m thinking about a trash can separator. I like the Thien separator and think that’s the way to go. HOWEVER, I’m not sure of how to connect it to my DC unit for best efficiency given my particular setup. I could remove the 6” to 4” Y from the DC unit and use it as the input for the separator. Then I’d need to make the connection between the Separator and the DC Unit using 6” hose. I’m having a hell of a time finding relatively inexpensive 6” flex tube, or even PVC to do this part and I don’t want to have to buy a long length of 6” hose just to use 3-5 feet of it. I would also rather not use PVC because I’m going to be moving the trash can in and out to empty it.
The other option is to make the Thien Separator with the standard 4” in- and out-takes, but then I’ll have only one of the connections from the DC unit Y (6” to two 4”) connected to the separator. And since I’m more likely to pick up bigger stuff and bits of metal from sweeping the floor, that doesn’t seem like a good idea.
Any suggestions about the best approach for maximum efficiency? Am I overlooking a simple solution?
Thanks, in advance, folks!