Do You Use a Bin Full Sensor on Your Cyclone Dust Collector?

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Forum topic by DavidNJ posted 468 days ago 1086 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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My shopvac has an Oneida Dust Deputy cyclone in front of it and a HEPA filter inside. Last weekend I was vacuuming shavings from hand planing and overfilled the bucket. The result was shavings and other debris was vacuumed into the vacuum’s bucket and made a mess of the filter. Prior to that, the filter stayed nearly pristine indicating everything was being caught by the Dust Deputy cyclone.

This has to be more gruesome if it happens to a dust collector with a cyclone. To counter it the dust collector makers sell bin full sensors, but they aren’t cheap and depending on the cyclone maker, use different technology.

Penn State has a rotating paddle that cost $80 and sounds a horn.

Oneida has a rotating paddle that flashes a strobe for $260 and an infra red optical sensor that flashes a strobe for $150.

Clearvue has an optical sensor that flashes a strobe and sounds a horn for $225.

I couildn’t find a sensor in the Grizzly catalog.

It would appear that most of the sensors could be used on any brand’s cyclone bin.

Do you have a sensor on your bin? Does it work ok? If you don’t have a sensor, have you ever overfilled the bin?

Note: while non-cyclone dust collectors often have transparent collection bags, the cyclones use metal or cardboard drums that are opaque.

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Fred Hargis

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#1 posted 468 days ago

I don’t have a sensor, and I have overfilled the bin. It was such a mess I just watch the bin much more closely.

-- I long for the days when Coke was a cola, and a joint was a bad place to be (Merle Haggard)

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Michael Donnelly

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#2 posted 468 days ago

When I walk past my bin and remember, I bump into it. I can tell based on how that feels how full it is. It’s a homemade job, so the bin is a ~30 gallon garbage can.

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#3 posted 468 days ago

I bought the Oneida infrared sensor after I packed my filters full. It does the job, once you get over spending $150 for it.

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#4 posted 468 days ago

I just look in my cyclone’s 55 gallon bin at the start of a jointing or planing session and take note of where it is. None of my other machines are likely to fill it up very quickly. I sweep up hand plane shavings, because I save them in a bucket for later use starting fires.

Of course, my drum is easily accessible. In installations where the collector is easily forgotten, or hard to check, an electronic solution might be well worth it.

-- It's all good, if it's wood...

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#5 posted 468 days ago

I filled mine up … TWICE … yesterday while I was jointing and planing lumber … here’s my DC and cyclone:

I’d like to find a sensor that is affordable and reliable.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#6 posted 463 days ago

I drilled a 2” hole near the top in my cardboard barrel and glued a lexan window on the inside. As long as I keep checking it during planing it works great.

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#7 posted 463 days ago

Bryan, are you using a bag in your bin?

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#8 posted 451 days ago

I had a very small bin on mine – about 15 gal. I’ve overfilled it once. It was a mess. Last week I increased the size to about 45 gal. The lexan is a good, cheap idea that i’ve seen before.

-- Sorry the reply is so long. I didn't have time to write a short reply.

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