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Shawn Masterson

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12-23-2013 10:03 PM

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Well to start I want to say I have until 1/6/14 off work. I have been spending a lot of time in the shop planing. I was wondering what you all do to keep from over filling your DC. I have a custom 3 HP cyclone with a barrel separator in line before the cyclone. It can be seen here. It has a 50 gallon & 30 gallon barrel. I can plane for about 30 minutes before I have to stop and empty both barrels. If I don’t it floods out the filter, and those who have filters know what a mess that is. I know there are a lot of people on here with custom systems and wondered what others do or just deal with it. For me it becomes a hassle because every project starts with rough sawn lumber, and right now I am helping a friend plane down 800 BF of poplar. I thought about rolling the planer out in the driveway and just shoveling up the mess, but its like 15* outside.

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#1 posted 12-23-2013 10:07 PM

Could you cut a window in the drum near the top? It could be covered by a thin sheet of plexiglass and installed with silicone sealant.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#2 posted 12-23-2013 10:22 PM

What kind of DC. If you have bag filters, they will pack the chips tight, tighter than the separator. Maybe for this run you should skip the separator and run into the bag. I can usually plane for a couple of hours, or 1/16 off of about 300 bf before having to empty the bottom bag. Just for efficiency sake while planing, then put the separator back in line.

Edit: I just properly read your post, and followed the link. My advice is crap, Unless you are able the add a bag filter into the system somehow. Other wise, put a trash bag with a weight in it in the barrel, then you can empty faster more often.

-- Who is John Galt?

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Fred Hargis

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#3 posted 12-23-2013 10:39 PM

I just watch it closely, you only have to overfill the can once to know you don’t want to do it again. I do have a clear hose between the DC and the dust bin that I can see if I let it get that high.

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#4 posted 12-24-2013 12:36 AM

The only things i can think of are 1) put another pre-separator in parallel and 2) make it easier to empty the barrels. Sorry I’m not more helpful.

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

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#5 posted 12-24-2013 12:49 AM

Sounds more like you are doing production work rather than hobbyist work.

You have a 3HP system, use it to it’s max advantage.

I can’t afford a lot so I have a 1hp HF unit I rebuilt and I can overflow my tubs in less than a half hour with the planer. My tubs are a 32gallon rubbermaid and a 42 gallon barrel. Running through 12” boards, taking 1/32” off each time doesn’t take long to fill the barrels in about 20=30 minutes.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#6 posted 12-24-2013 02:30 AM

no real solution to the issue, but I had no idea that it took that little to stuff a DC with a planer.

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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Shawn Masterson

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#7 posted 12-24-2013 04:01 AM

Thanks to all for the responses. The sawyer I get material from saws between 1” – 1 3/16” rough, so on average I plane off 3/8”. I usually take off around 1/8”+ – in a pass. I just wondered if I was the only one with this problem.

Dallas: If you look at the picture everything was made in house. I got the motor & impeller at a salvage, and the rest of the unit was built in the shop off of Bill Pentz’s design for the most part.

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#8 posted 12-24-2013 04:50 AM

After having my cyclone overflow once and clog the filters I made it a point to check the canister frequently… Doing that is less time consuming than cleaning out the two filters I have on my system. I put a 55 gallon plastic bag inside my canister and is real easy to empty by just pulling it out and putting in a new one.

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Fred Hargis

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#9 posted 12-24-2013 12:10 PM

Greg, I love that filter setup you built. I’m guessing that’s an Oneida DC, but those are not Oneida filters?

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#10 posted 12-24-2013 12:25 PM

I do both. Watch the dust collector and I do planing outside. I mix all sawdust and shavings with dirt old hay and horse manure. Let it sit for a year and use it for flower beds and garden. I rough cut all of my own lumber so I get mountains of planer shavings.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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