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ADHDan

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07-01-2014 06:25 PM

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I’m looking to make my two-stage dust collection a little more compact and mobile. Here’s my current setup, using a 55 gallon fiber drum with a Rockler separator kit: http://lumberjocks.com/projects/87627

I’d like to switch out the drum for a smaller receptacle that’s easier to empty – something like a 30-40 gallon rugged trash can with a decent sealing lid and wheels. For now, I’ll use the same Rockler separator, but eventually I’d like to implement a Thien baffle. Anyone have recommendations?

I know it seems silly to ask for trash can advice, but considering that woodworking dust collection is a little different from normal trash can usage I figured I might as well ask.

-- Dan in Minneapolis, woodworking since 11/11.


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#1 posted 07-01-2014 06:39 PM

Don’t know what the “best” out there is… I’m sure a consensus will develop.

Most folks I see either use the fiber drums, or get a galvanized steel trash can.
e.g. this one at Lowes is 31 gallons. cost is 25 dollars at Lowes.

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#2 posted 07-01-2014 06:42 PM

I wouldn’t mind using a smaller fiber drum, I could pretty easily attach some casters. Those things are just kind of a pain to track down, compared to trash cans.

-- Dan in Minneapolis, woodworking since 11/11.

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bondogaposis

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#3 posted 07-01-2014 06:54 PM

Behrens trash cans are very sturdy and commonly available.

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#4 posted 07-01-2014 07:42 PM

Two stage DC are nice as you do not have to clean the filter so much. Cleaning the filter is a messy job. But I think that if you have a 2hp or less DC that you are better off not changing to a two stage as you will get a reduction in suction of 40+ percent.

I see a lot of people turning DC’s that are giving enough suction into easier to use DC’s that do not have enough suction.

I am currently doing this upgrade but I am also upping the HP blower.

Bob

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#5 posted 07-01-2014 10:01 PM

Another vote for Behrens trash cans

Here’s my mobile HF 2hp collector with a Behrens trash can separator with Thien Baffle. Project link provided if you are interested and/or want ideas to use

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#6 posted 07-01-2014 10:52 PM

I used a feed container from Agri Supply.
http://lumberjocks.com/topics/59871

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Kelly

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#7 posted 07-01-2014 11:19 PM

I went to the local fertilizer outlet, groveled and got a thirty gallon, plastic barrel you could park a truck on. It’s a little more narrow than a trash can and can be cut down and still be very strong (I’d cut it down to one of the strength rings).

As you can see in the picture, I added a window to track the level of dust in it.

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#8 posted 07-01-2014 11:40 PM

How bout one of these

They’re VERY heavy duty, and You can even get a wheel dolly for it.

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#9 posted 07-02-2014 12:14 AM

I tried a plastic trash can and had to go to a metal one. The plastic one collapsed under suction.

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Kelly

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#10 posted 07-02-2014 01:15 AM

I used a Rubbermade (sp?) like the one above and it was far and above what other plastic ones were. I dropped a Western Tool top on it and it never hinted at collapse.

To be clear, you cannot compare the one in my post to a standard trash can. They have to hold up to shipping chemicals cross country. Of course, cutting the top off changes the strength, but even doing that, they are pretty tough. I haven’t developed a leak, even since I changed this over to my other, three horse collector, and cyclones are pretty fussy about leaks.

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#11 posted 07-02-2014 07:41 AM

A 55 gal. steel drum should work very well. (I use a steel garbage can).

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The Box Whisperer

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#12 posted 07-02-2014 09:41 AM

I use a 65 gallon plastic drum used for making beer.

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Kelly

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#13 posted 07-02-2014 01:58 PM

Note the blue beast in my photo with the cyclone is a thirty gallon. Takes up a bit less space and is, of course, easier to empty. The same would apply to the steel drums available from fuel supplies.

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#14 posted 07-02-2014 02:04 PM

This works great for me—had to empty it three times last Saturday:

http://lumberjocks.com/projects/102418

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#15 posted 07-02-2014 02:07 PM

Here’s my rig …

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