Trash can separator - modification for 2 input ports?

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09-04-2014 03:29 AM

Hi. Wondering if anyone has modified a trash can separator lid to accommodate a 2nd input hose? I’m thinking of:

A) cutting a new hole in the lid and gluing in a blast gate on top, and gluing in a 45 or 90 degree corner on the inside of the lid and
B) cutting down the exiting input port on the outside of the lid (the one on the right of the picture) and gluing in another blast gate. This would shorten it and i think make it slightly more streamlined.

By doing this, i could attach a hose for other purposes (eg vacuuming the shop, connect to my sander) without any hassle. I suppose i could also buy some quick connect attachments for both input hoses and skip the new port, but that would be a few more bucks.

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#1 posted 09-04-2014 10:06 PM

I would just add a “Y” onto the input, with two blast gates. I would fear that adding an additional inlet would jeopardize proper air flow in the collection can. That and it would be a lot more work.

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#2 posted 09-05-2014 08:15 PM

This may seem a silly concern, but the Y adds another 10” or so of vertical to the main intake hoses. and my hose from the table saw is barely reaching the can spot anyway. The other issue is that to connect blast gates to the Y you need short pieces of hose which are flexible which in turn makes this connection even higher and quite floppy. the alternative to that last issue is to epoxy the blast gates to the Y so it has a rigid connection.

I’m curious if people have a view on any inefficiencies that a 2nd port may cause? my guess was there isn’t much incremental inefficiency. I was thinking of putting the 2nd port facing the same general counterclockwise direction as the original port, but either pointing slightly more to the outside or inside so it doesn’t blow right into the back of the original port.

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