How often do you clean out canister filters?

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Forum topic by mporter posted 08-11-2013 03:16 PM 861 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-11-2013 03:16 PM

I have a grizzly g0548z dust collector with a canister filter on top. The dust collector is brand new. After uses it for 2 weeks I thought I would take the canister off and clean it. I was suprised when it seemed like 30 lbs of dust came out of it! The dust collector has one of those “cleaning turn handle” thingies on top of it. How often should I been turning this thing to knock the dust off the canister filter?

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#1 posted 08-11-2013 04:33 PM

Not often enough. I have a mini gorilla and its not the most efficient separator, so it gets clogged often. I usually take mine off every couple of time I empty the can.

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Rick Dennington

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#2 posted 08-11-2013 05:03 PM

Are you talking about the Wynn filter canister…? I never take mine off, and after a pretty big job of collecting chips and dust, I just go inside the room where my d.c. stays, and “gently slap” the sides of it all the way around, and the remainder of dust falls into the bag below…..Then I take my airhose and “gently” blow it out and get the remainder of dust…...That’s how I do it, anyway…...

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#3 posted 08-11-2013 05:26 PM

Get a feel for the way the suction feels on your hand after the
filter has been cleaned. When performance droops, clean
the filter. I have a cyclone and the filter is not very large –
it requires frequent cleaning for the thing to work well.

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#4 posted 08-11-2013 05:31 PM

Should I add a separator between the DC and the tool? Will this help? If so what separator would you buy?

Yes Rick, I think it is the same thing, but made by Grizzly?

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#5 posted 08-11-2013 06:12 PM

On my Oneida I put a Magnehelic (vacuum/pressure gauge) on it to judge when the filter needed cleaning. I used to clean it about twice for every 35 gallon can of dust/chips when I was running the drum sander a lot. A separator should help, but I would build my own, the Thein separator.

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