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Forum topic by Bill7255 posted 11-19-2014 07:22 PM 879 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-19-2014 07:22 PM

I am getting ready to set my PM 90 lathe back up in my new shop. In my previous shop I tried various things including the big gulp but nothing seemed to work that good. I would like to see some pictures of what you have done. I realize chip collection is a challenge with a lathe. My thoughts were to build some type hood mainly for sanding dust and something along the back go catch chips that fall that way. I have a 3hp collector and will run a 6” feed to the lathe.

-- Bill R

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#1 posted 11-19-2014 08:09 PM

I have nothing to offer other than wish you good luck in your quest!

-- Bill

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#2 posted 11-20-2014 12:24 AM

Thanks, I know chip collection is best with a broom and dust pan for a lathe. Hoping someone has a smart idea.

-- Bill R

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#3 posted 11-20-2014 12:41 AM

A friend of mine has rigged a ring around his lathe and hung shower curtains on it. This at least this keeps the dust/chips in a confined area. Currently I plan to do the same. Then after turning I can just vacuum up a small area. I’ve yet to see where any collection with a dust collector resolves the issue. I’ve see a lot of people attempt to do so with a DC. It does help but I’m not convinced that the cost and effort were justified by the results.

-- JohnT

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#4 posted 11-20-2014 08:10 PM

With a 4” line from the big dust collector pulling from the back, a 2-1/2” from by big shop vac/dust deputy
and crevice tool adjusted to pull from the face I am sanding and a Jet AFS 1000B mounted to the
ceiling above the lathe running on high, I can keep the beautiful lady’s van almost dust free. I like the
way the Shopsmith demonstrators keep their area so clean when they show off their tool. That ring
around the lathe sounds good, except I think I might substitute light canvas for the shower curtain.

-- As ever, Gus-the 80 yr young apprentice carpenter

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