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524 days ago

Thought I would chronicle assembly of my new Grizzly G0703 cyclone DC, just finished unpacking it, no shipping damage to report, all parts packed well, fasteners look of decent quality and ample size.

Step 1 problem 1 ahahaha well that didn’t take long. Instructions say install 4 casters to bottom of frame with 9/16 inch wrench. Only problem is the nut formed into the caster is thinner than a standard Craftsman wrench doh! Fortunately I build vacuum tube guitar amps and have a set of wrenches ground thin for control panel nuts problem solved.


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#1 posted 524 days ago

Step 3 – go easy on the threaded inserts I spun 3 of them tightening the 16 bolts in this step using just a standard 3/8 socket wrench. They were moderatly tight when they spun and should hold. Note the built in lock washers sit proud and need to be centered in the openings. This step otherwise was trouble free.

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#2 posted 524 days ago

Steps 4 to 9 – I followed the instructions laying the machine on its side on some rubber floor mats to attach the stand. I lifted it upright solo without too much trouble, I chocked the wheels with a folded floor mat.

I attached the handle to the opposite side near the cyclone vs the filter side as shown in the instructions. Both sides have threaded inserts, I felt the handle provided added support to the cyclone side since the base on that side is open plus I wanted the handle under where the bulk of the weight is. It handles reasonably stable given how top heavy it is. If its annoying to move once the barrel us under there I’ll move the handle.

Easy build thus far.

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#3 posted 524 days ago

Bottom view of cyclone

Side view of cyclone

Bottom view of filter

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#4 posted 524 days ago

Looking at the pictures I thought, How difficult it would be to make this. After reading these steps Its easy to make it and Its looking very nice. I like this concept.

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-- Rust Albert

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#5 posted 524 days ago

Great pics Darth! I am a bit concerned about how easy those nuts spun free.

I can’t wait to get mine in. I’m hoping its a problem free.

Got this thing fired up yet?????

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#6 posted 524 days ago

Oh, and on a side note, do you make your own custom amps or for a manufacturer? Gotta love tube amps! They have such great sound quality!

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#7 posted 521 days ago

Cal I’ll send you PM on this.

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#8 posted 521 days ago

Okay back to the Grizzly cyclone assembly…

Wheels Mod – after I got the collector upright it just felt unsteady to me on the factory plastic wheels, not so that I thought it was going to tip over but since I’ll be moving this around regularly I decided to upgrade the wheels. I hit all my favorite hardware stores but Lowes had the best wheel, these are rubber wheels vs the Grizzly plastic. I picked through the entire bin and selected the wheels with the least amount of slop, this paid off the dust collector now feels a lot less wobbly and rolls really nice, I went 4 standard wheels and 4 with wheel locks.

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#9 posted 521 days ago

Design Flaw – See this screw for the 6” to 5” reducer, bad location its directly under the blower housing, you can’t get a screw driver on it. I have a foot long extension for my cordless screw driver and was able to get just enough bight at an extreme angle to drive it in but it wasn’t pretty. They need to rotate the location of these screw holes 20 degrees. Also the fit on this reducer is loose and will require tape or silicone.

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#10 posted 521 days ago

Clamp Headache – The wire clamps for the hose between the cyclone and bucket lid are too small and don’t fit. I wrestled with them for probably 15 minutes and made no progress. So I picked up these 5-8 inch clamps at the local Wilco farm store, easy install a couple minutes and no drama. Grizzly seriously raise the price $4 and include proper clamps.

Update: I have been wondering how I’ll know when the thing is full but looking at the see-through hose in this picture I have my answer.

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#11 posted 521 days ago

Bagless – I elected to not use a plastic bag in the collection drum, nothing wrong with the design but the drum isn’t that big and when the planer is feeding this drum is going to fill up fairly quickly and I don’t want to be fussing with a bag. I’ll get a much larger container probably 64 gallon with some much cheaper contractor bags and dump the chips in there for disposal. Also the supplied bags are about 10 inches too long, thick heavy bags though they did’nt cheap out on them.

Future Mod – I can see I’m going to have to modify this lid with the clamps to raise it up and hold it like you see on a lot of other collectors. Trying to hold up the lid while sliding the drum in/out is not overly difficult but is already annoying.

Tip – There’s a rubber seal on the top of the barrel that needs to be cut to size. I installed the seal then cut it 1/4 inch too long on purpose, removed then reinstalled allowing the slack to be taken up around the parameter and it fit perfectly.

Next up I just have to install the plug and fire this baby up! I’ll put my decibel meter on it to see how much noise it makes.

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#12 posted 521 days ago

Great tips! I like the wheel upgrade. I’ll have to hit up my local Lowes for a set of those. I’m trying to setup my shop so I only have to move things on occasion but I do have some uneven concrete since my FL house was built in ‘63 and is a slab on sand. Settling and some cracking is almost inevitable. Seeing your’s, I’m not even going to try and put them on.

The other tips are well noted. While I’m at Lowes, I’ll make sure to get some bigger clamps!

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#13 posted 521 days ago

You know, I wonder if the poor mans option for holding up that lid would be to put an 2-3 eye bolts through the lid and then use small bungees to hook them to the handle bar to the left of the cyclone tube?

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#14 posted 521 days ago

Poor mans option would work just fine, I’d say three eye bolts and bungees or just some rope no need for the fancy clamps. I may adopt that idea myself, way simpler. I’m going to run it for a while to make sure there’s no warranty issues before I start drilling into the lid though.

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#15 posted 521 days ago

Darth, Great blog and pics of the assembly. I have that same unit and didn’t cut the bag down just rolled it down over the drum rim and under the latches; and I remove the bag to dispose of the dust/chips in my garden. My only problem was reducing the 6” to 5” reducer down to 4” for my 110v electrical system and piping. A PVC reducer of 5-4” won’t fit there 6-5” steel reducer. Solution: a heavy rubber Cast Iron to PVC (CI/PVC) plumbing reducer with clamps, purchased at Lowe’s worked perfectly. I found no need for replacement casters since once the vacuum piping/tubing is installed I don’t move my system more that 2 feet, and then by that only allowed by the length if flex hose. I just unlatch the drum lid slide the drum out from under the lid by raising it slightly . The hose that sucks the bag into the drum for full capacity won’t allow you to move the drum far. Lift the bag out and away ya go. The holes in the bottom of the drum are gonna drop dust out if no bag is used and I’m uncertain as to how the flex hose from cyclone to drum will effect your efficiency? I really like my system with the exception that once I am able to use more hard piping and use 220v and the 6” first stage of the cyclone I’m certain I’ll enjoy MUCH better collection.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 bassboy40@msn.com

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