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Forum topic by LyallAndSons posted 129 days ago 592 views 0 times favorited 21 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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LyallAndSons

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129 days ago

Anyone Ever ran their top dust bag thru the washing machine? I have the factory Grizzly dust bag on my collector and it seems to be full of fine dust. I plan to vent outside as soon as I get moved into the new shop in a few months so don’t really want to drop the $$ on a Winn filter. I’m just looking to improve flow a little in the time being but don’t want to destroy the bag in the process. Just wondering if anyone had done it and how it worked out? Did just shaking it out do as well?

-- Lyall & Sons Woodsmiths...Custom handcrafted woodwork since 1989


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woodsmithshop

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#1 posted 129 days ago

it is my understanding that the dust trapped in the fiber of the bag helps to trap more dust.

-- Smitty!!!

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chrisstef

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#2 posted 129 days ago

Those that have are probably not around to tell the story unfortunately. My wife would have my a$$ if she caught woodworking gear in the washing machine LOL.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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bondogaposis

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#3 posted 129 days ago

Definitely wait until your wife is not at home.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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The Box Whisperer

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#4 posted 129 days ago

Ive read you can ruin the coating on the bags. I wouldnt do it.

-- "despite you best efforts and your confidence that your smarter and faster than a saw blade at 10k rpm…. your not …." - Charles Neil

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Picklehead

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#5 posted 129 days ago

What the hell’s happened to this site? This site used to be about woodworking. Geez, I swear if one more person posts something about doing laundry I’ll leave! And don’t think I don’t mean it, mister. I’ll leave. Then I’ll post a thread to tell you I left. Then I’ll come back and blame “you know who you are” if you don’t cry loud enough. Then I’ll …....................................

-- You've got to be smarter than the tree.

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The Box Whisperer

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#6 posted 129 days ago

LOL!

-- "despite you best efforts and your confidence that your smarter and faster than a saw blade at 10k rpm…. your not …." - Charles Neil

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TheDane

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#7 posted 129 days ago

Hmmm … I think Picklehead has been eating too much junk food. Oops!

-- 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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patcollins

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#8 posted 129 days ago

If you’re going to do it, go to the laundry mat to do it.

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Shawn Masterson

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#9 posted 129 days ago

I never washed mine, but I did rinse it out in a tote of water. I filled the tote and just kept dunking it. I hung it to dry on the fence.

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Jimbo4

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#10 posted 129 days ago

I’ve turned mine inside out and beat the living dust outa it – seemed to help.

-- BELT SANDER: Used for making rectangular gouges in wood.

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Loren

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#11 posted 129 days ago

I’ve beat them and hosed them off. I concur that the idea is
tiny particles get stuck in the weave and increase its filtering
effectiveness, “seasoning” the bag they say.

-- http://lawoodworking.com

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Marcus

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#12 posted 129 days ago

I would not wash it. As someone else mentioned, a bit dirty is a good thing, sort of like oiling a K&N air filter.

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iminmyshop

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#13 posted 129 days ago

Spoil sport comment:
If it is the original fiber type dust bag that came with the machine and not the plastic type bag that is used on the newer machines (after the dust has gone through a fine filter and precollector) the fiber bags are unfortunately counterproductive in terms of protecting us from the medical problems related to fine dust. They do a decent job collecting the larger particles. BUT, the air blown through these bags under great pressure works well to serve as a terrific dispersal unit for the very small particulates that are the real danger to our lungs. If your wife really loves you she will not only permit you to get a newer type dust collector but will insist on it. It will also help to keep your shop cleaner too.

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Mark Shymanski

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#14 posted 129 days ago

It may depend on why you want to wash it. If is just that some dust is coming through the bag I suspect the washing could make things worse….but if the cat, or some larger mammal, vomitted on it I would definately wash it. :-)

Oops, didn’t mean to send you off Picklehead…nice fish by the way:-)

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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Bill White

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#15 posted 129 days ago

The felted bags I use are not to be washed. Shaken only. Kinda sounda like a martini. :)
Bill

-- bill@magraphics.us

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