Little gloat

Got the Dewalt planer I mentioned a few days ago. $160 seemed fair to me, especially since the seller drove 45 miles to meet me halfway. The dust collector looks like it takes a 4 or 5 inch hose. Can a step that down to my 2 inch shop vac -- and expect to grab most of the droppings?
Larry
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TD Driver wrote:

Maybe, if you don't try to push too much through it. I'd expect it to clog up w/ a full-width/full-depth cut--likely to be just too much material for the volume of air.
If you can find a reducer other than the stepped ones, it might help some to minimize the obstruction.
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Probably not unless you are taking "VERY" light passes.
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Initially I used a sho vac on my DW 733. It worked, but it filled up quickly.
-Steve

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Wasn't that the Delta? It has a minor problem with getting the chips if the piece is tall and narrow even with a good DC. Some chips, not much, manage to escape and fall along side the piece. I can't imagine that any other planer does much better.
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Delta it is. Bad fingers ... or read too much about the Dewalt.
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As others have said, you'll have to take light passes and empty the SV often.
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Shop Vac ain't up to planers. You are going to need a real DC. This is a good reason to go get one and help the economy.
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For the really frugal buyers:
http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/Displayitem.taf?itemnumber869
Consider it a "starter" machine but it has received high marks from several people on this list.
Some folks even do a little fine tuning:
http://www.wynnenv.com/9e300bl_conversion.htm
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Pat, Nice post. thanks.
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On Fri, 03 Apr 2009 14:56:31 GMT, Pat Barber

While not a HFphobe at all, I'm always leery of them for such tools when there are alternatives close to their price. Grizzley is about $50 more and Amazon sells a Shop Fod for $25 more, shipping included.
(Amazon.com product link shortened)38868869&sr=8-3
Anyone have any first hand knowledge? I'm seriously looking for a DC now that I'm making real sawdust (got my shiny new Unisaw put together and connected, finally).

Interesting.
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wrote:

I did the HF DC and used the Wynn conversion. Works great, but getting the plastic bag on is a female dog. The immediate next improvement was a home-brew garbage can dusttrap in front of the DC.
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TD Driver wrote:

I have an older Makita planer and one of Sears' finest 40 HP shop vacs. I stick the vac hose (~2.5" dia) into the planer dust port (~3"). I still suck up most of the droppings (nice word).     mahalo,     jo4hn
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TD Driver wrote:

Get an adapter and give it a try. To deal with the volume of chips you might try something like what I cobbled together for my router table:
http://www.iedu.com/DeSoto/Projects/MiniCyclone /
Obviously, a larger drum will provide a larger capacity.
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I had a Delta "bench top" planer and used Sears strongest vac but still had left over chips. The chips will leave marks on your stock. You'll have to take "small bites". (thin planings) I used compressed air to help clear chips but was never quite satisfied with the results. Now I have a Jet 15" planer and a Oneida dust collector. Marvelous.
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wrote:

I used to have a little goat - cute little thing would follow me all around. Ended up getting too big and pooping all over the place. Never thought to try using a shop vac for the droppings - huh. ;-)
I have a Delta 13" planer that I hook up to a large shop vac. Seems to work pretty well at first, but the drum fills up FAST!. I also tried one of the mini cyclone lid thingies, which worked pretty well at keeping the dust out of the shop vac, but it did cause a noticeable drop in the amount of suction at the planer. Will it work? Sure, keeping the passes light and emptying the shop vac often will help a bunch.
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Might need to design a air driven wood grinder and put it in-line and the turbine grinds it to dust for the vac.
Hum....
Martin
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TD Driver wrote:

You may be trying to solve the wrong problem.
Put the planer on (lockable) wheels and scoot the beast outside, near the curb.
"Give it to the city," I always say. Roughage in the storm drain is good for digestion.
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