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TheDane

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09-28-2014 02:53 AM

Topic tags/keywords: question dust collection psi cyclone

I have been thinking about upgrading my dust collection system and PSI’s TEMPEST Portable 2HP Cyclone Dust Collector caught my eye. They have it on sale now for $895 and free shipping. The 0.3 micron cannister would trap more of the fines, and the 2hp blower has a 14” impeller.

The small footprint (27-1/2” X 21-1/4”) is nice, and at this point I don’t intend to do any hard plumbing (I have one of Rockler’s Dust-Right expandable hoses and Dust-Right fittings on all of my machines).

There is no drop-out bag/bin for the fines that the filter catches. Instead, the filter is under a constant re-circulation cycle back into the cyclone. PSI recommends giving the filter a ‘deep cleaning’ once every couple of weeks with compressed air.

Any thoughts on a system with a re-circulation hookup instead of a dropout bin/bag?

If anybody has this cyclone, I would be interested in your experience and opinions.

-- 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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Joe Lyddon

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#1 posted 09-28-2014 03:17 AM

”PSI recommends giving the filter a ‘deep cleaning’ once every couple of weeks with compressed air.”

To me, that is too much! (I’m spoiled, I guess)

I would insert one of those Dust Deputy type things ahead of it all… They are WONDERFUL!

I don’t think I have hit the filters with compressed air in years! (not 2 weeks!)
I haven’t had to empty the main shop vac in years!

I’m not familiar with the DC you’re looking at… BUT, the compressed air to the filter made me comment. LOL

Good luck…

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#2 posted 09-28-2014 04:03 AM

Penn State makes excellent dust collectors, you won’t be disappointed with it. As for the cleaning of the filters: every cyclone is going to have a small amount of dust pass through to the filters, I have a 5 hp cyclone DC and I only have a tablespoon or so of dust that collects at the bottom of the filter take out when I blow out the filters each month. Putting another cyclone eg. a Dust Deputy as Joe suggests before the cyclone of this unit is unnecessary.

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Fred Hargis

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#3 posted 09-28-2014 12:48 PM

Yeah, adding a pre seperator would be a waste. I’m a little a surprised at the design of that unit. It seems have the re circulation open like that (constant flow) would detract from the DC abilities. I think I’d put a gate on the bottom of the filter, and just run it every once in a while with that gate open to clean the filter. If what they say about the “every 2 weeks” is true, that is too often. But with out more details (was that tested in a 7 day operation?) ot would be impossible to know….hands on experience would be best. My first DC was a PSI 2 .5 HP single stage, and it gave me great service for 9 years or so before I replaced it.

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#4 posted 09-28-2014 03:13 PM

I think I d put a gate on the bottom of the filter, and just run it every once in a while with that gate open to clean the filter.

Sounds like a good idea … would certainly be easy enough to do. PSI has a staffer that seems quite knowledgeable on dust collectors … maybe I’ll just get him on the phone. These are out of stock right now, but I have put my name on their ‘wait list’.

-- 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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buildingmonkey

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#5 posted 09-28-2014 11:16 PM

I have a 2 hp cyclone with 14” impeller, would buy a 3hp with a bigger impeller now. But it is expensive to sell what you have and move up. Better to get the larger one when you are in the market. The 3hp doesn’t have a down side, just costs a little more. But makes more cfm which you need with some machines.

-- Jim from Kansas

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English

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#6 posted 09-29-2014 03:45 PM

Gerry,

I have the 2.5 hp Tempest and I love it. I have a 6” ducted system and I am able to take advantage of the full capacity of the DC. Using the 4” Dust right hose system, I agree with your selection. The unit you have chosen will max out a 4” hose. If you plan to later duct with larger than 4” you may what to consider one of the larger DC’s.

-- John, Suffolk Virgina

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