Its been a long time coming but I finally took the last 2 days and re-did my
entire dust collection system.
My old system was an oneida air 1.5hp cyclone (the old one w/out the
canister filter on the end)
It was 6" sprial pipe for the main line w/ drops to 4" spiral pipe to the
When I moved to my new shop I used the same pipe - but b/c of new machine
placement (new spots and the new shop was at least 3x bigger) things were
never really right. It always worked just ok - and I was getting more and
more annoyed at things the way they were.
Monday was pretty much the last straw - I was planing some 4/4 maple and
more chips were coming back at me than what was going up the hose.
I got pissed, quit for the day and started doing some research.
I hit Bill Pentzs' site and pretty much read until my eyes bled.
The next morning I started making calls and wednesday drove around north
carolina picking up supplies.
The first change - Im now using 6" Sewer & Drain Pipe (S&D) pipe for
Main Lines and every drop as well as the connections.
I made all my own blast gates to help save me some $$.
My buddy works in the HVAC field and got me 6" flanges at his cost so I can
make new connections to my machines.
Holy Snoikes what a difference.
I made a new hood for my ridgid planer to fit the 6" pipe - not a speck of
chips to be seen.
The jointer was just a matter of replacing the existing flange w/ a home
The table saw normally had the dust collection on the left side - I closed
that up and made a hole in the back bottom and ran the pipe right to it.
The Router table I actually reduced from 6" down to 5" b/c I just happen to
have some 5" flex hose that was just the right length.
Thats all Ive done so far and can I tell you I am now one happy camper.
That baby can move some serious air!
Other wall is being done next week - bandsaw, drill press, sander, chopsaw
I have a ton of spiral pipe for sale if anyone is interested in it.
$350 bucks for the lot include all the Wyes, Elbows, Blastgates, etc.. too
much to list but its a ton!
I guess thats a bit of a neener neener for me!!
Im serious about the pipe for sale - If your interested let me know - I just
out side of raleigh.
Im heading off to vegas for vacation for a week - so If you email me - you
most likley wont hear from me for a week.
Ill post some pics when I get back.
Yea - BTW - Thanks Bill - your website rocks!
You can reply to me at
r_b_v at v_e_r_z_e_r_a doht c_o_m
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