We were blessed to move into a new home last year after retiring. The house included a large walkout basement, which allowed me to finally have a dedicated workshop after using the garage for many years.
So I bought new machinery, including a Grizzly G0441 3hp dust collector. Hooked everything up, and WOW does this thing suck sawdust.
I’ve never had a dust collection system before, so I have nothing to compare this to. This is a cyclone DC, and under the cyclone funnel is a 55 gallon collection drum. Hanging off the side is a canister filter with a plastic bag on the bottom. The larger chips etc are supposed to go into the large collection drum, while the finer dust is supposed to go into the canister on the side. This canister has two cords attached to it, which move a brush handle up and down on the inside to clear the fine dust.
So here is my question. After about 2 or 3 months using the new shop, I opened up the 55 gallon collection drum and was thrilled to find it filled to the top. Better there than in my lungs. But the canister filter with the plastic bag had only about an inch of sawdust on the bottom. Is this a good thing or a bad thing? Somehow i expected there would be more of the fine sawdust.
What is your experience? Thanks in advance for your help.
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