pre dust extractor cabinet I.E a seperator needed for my woodlathe

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Forum topic by SCOTSMAN posted 01-08-2014 08:51 PM 1267 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-08-2014 08:51 PM

I bought a brand new dust extractor for my woodshop.To be used for the seperate room I have for my lathe.I noticed although I only tried it out provisionally it was getting choked up with long stringy type of stuff that comes off from roughing cuts on the lathe the fine dust is fine but of course as the impeller is choked up I need to clean it all out by hand before further use. I am reluctant to use it purely for fine dust extraction only . I find like most of you that the flooor after a good hours turning is almost up to my knees in swarf LOL anyway I am sure we all know that there are five bags of chips and dust coming of a little bit of wood, Magic or what ? LOL anyway, I have a single two bag type ,single stage two horse power with a no seperator unit. I don’t as yet own a seperator so have know knowledge of there useage apart from what I have gleened on youtube ,but with this non cyclone type of dust extractor I need (in my way of thinking) a seperator barrel or box to catch the heavy chips stringy swarf type of material.
Anyway I have been scouring youtube and there seems to be a lot there to help someone in my predicament.Should in your knowledgable opinion try to convert my single stage dust extractor to a cyclone or simply make a seperator between them as said the dust extractor is brand new only used for about five minutes or so so it is not that which is at fault.
I really want dust extraction at my woodlathe . I have two more of these types of single stage extractors at my table saw and bandsaw, and they do a great job and it states in the advert when I bought this one that they do chips as well as dust etc.any advice would be great especially if you have pictures or videos but advice is what I need.Please help an old codger out of a dusty hole LOL Alistair ps love you guys/n /gals

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#1 posted 01-08-2014 09:33 PM

I can’t help Alistair. I can eaves drop and learn though. Looking forward to helpful answers.

-- God bless, Candy

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#2 posted 01-08-2014 10:11 PM

I just made one this week, it is modeled after Phil Thien’s design, works like a champ and not too expensive. Here is a link to a wealth of information.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#3 posted 01-09-2014 02:01 AM

Like bondo says – that’s exactly what you need. Plus, I removed the input and exit screen from my DC, the impeller doesn’t even know they’re missing, as everything passes right on through. That way it doesn’t get all clogged up.

-- When I was a kid I wanted to be older . . . . . this CRAP is not what I expected !

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#4 posted 01-09-2014 02:28 AM

Alistair, I built a really simple chip separator I saw in an old Shopnotes. It looked WAY to simple/cheap to work but it has functioned very well to gather all the planer debris. And is really simple to emptyClick for details a link…...

You may have to go to my project to read the details.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#5 posted 01-09-2014 12:35 PM

Alistair, if you so desire I can send you the plans for gfadvm’s build. Send me an email address to send it to.

-- When asked what I did to make life worthwhile in my lifetime....I can respond with a great deal of pride and satisfaction, "I served a career in the United States Navy."

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#6 posted 01-09-2014 01:04 PM

I use the Thien trash can separator. That way the chips do not go thru the impeller. It does a remarkable job as I will empty the can 10-15 times before ever emptying the bag. It virtually separates all of the heavier chips. I also have a vacuum gouge for roughing work. They don’t make this brand any more to my knowledge, but it is a gouge made from about a 1 inch diameter tube that connects to a vacuum. I bought two when Rockler was closing them out for about $25 each. The darn things work great for roughing, a good investment. I think there are other brands available. I just hook it up to a shop vac when roughing.

-- Bill R

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#7 posted 01-09-2014 08:13 PM

thelt, You are MUCH better at searching those DVDs than I am. Good to see you’re still hangin out here!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#8 posted 01-09-2014 08:56 PM

thanks so far guys I am excited about getting things done at last. Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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