|Forum topic by David705||posted 06-18-2014 03:34 PM||3730 views||0 times favorited||13 replies|
06-18-2014 03:34 PM
After lurking on this site for a while I had to sign up today because I am baffled by a problem I am having and I was hoping someone on this site could help.
I have seen many people who have done a harbor freight DC hotrod and I essentially did the same thing here. I am using the HF dust collector as a low buck central dust collector and I placed the Oneida Super Dust deputy in line as a chip separator before the final bag and filter. It was working pretty well before I “improved” it, and now I am experiencing a problem that I am baffled by.
The chip separator is getting no chips or dust falling into it, none and instead it is all going straight through the cyclone and right into the final bag / filter! I have a feeling this is something really simple and stupid, but I have no idea why! Ignore the lack of a plastic collector bag as I had removed it while checking the dust collector and did not reattach it before taking the picture.
When I first set the system up I was using a plastic 5 gallon bucket for the chip collector and the existing HF filter. The 5 gallon bucket was to small and filled up quickly so I upgraded to a larger plastic trash can and put the Wynn filter on top to improve airflow. I changed nothing else. After doing some jointing for the first time with the new setup I noticed the bag had really filled up with chips and I assumed that the barrel had gotten full. When I pulled the lid off the inside of the plastic trash can was completely clean, not even small dust or large chips was in there, nothing! It had all gone into the final plastic bag collector! This wasn’t happening before I swapped out the small plastic bucket and the filter.
Any guesses about what is going on here? The plastic bucket is not as rigid as it needs to be and is collapsing slightly under vacuum, but it is not collapsing completely, just buckling on one side and indenting about 4 inches. An obvious answer would be that I have some how reversed the intake and outlet on the dust deputy but you can see by the pictures that isn’t going on. Any advise?