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Forum topic by LyallAndSons posted 03-24-2014 02:46 PM 955 views 0 times favorited 21 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-24-2014 02:46 PM

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?

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#1 posted 03-24-2014 03:01 PM

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

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#2 posted 03-24-2014 03:05 PM

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.

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#3 posted 03-24-2014 03:09 PM

Definitely wait until your wife is not at home.

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#4 posted 03-24-2014 03:20 PM

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

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#5 posted 03-24-2014 03:38 PM

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 …....................................

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#6 posted 03-24-2014 03:44 PM


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#7 posted 03-24-2014 03:46 PM

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

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#8 posted 03-24-2014 03:50 PM

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

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#9 posted 03-24-2014 04:05 PM

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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#10 posted 03-24-2014 04:10 PM

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

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#11 posted 03-24-2014 04:33 PM

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.

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#12 posted 03-24-2014 04:39 PM

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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#13 posted 03-24-2014 04:56 PM

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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#14 posted 03-24-2014 05:01 PM

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:-)

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#15 posted 03-24-2014 05:13 PM

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


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