I have a Delta Dust Collector with a cloth filter bag and a plastic chip
When the chip collector bag gets full I empty it and also shake out the
cloth bag. Is there a better way to clean the cloth bag? Can they be
washed? How ofter should they be replaced?
Is the DC inside the shop, or outside? Except for emptying it when
necessary, I'd leave the cloth bag alone, especially if it's inside
the shop. The dust cake that develops helps to filter out a lot of the
smaller particles of dust from the air exiting the DC bag. Sure, you
can wash them, but why? I might replace the bag when my repairs start
needing repairs, but that's me. Tom
I also have a Delta DC, and I added a cyclone lid to a 30 gallon
garbage can just before the DC input. The lid was about $30, same for
the metal can. I hardly ever empty the chip catcher at all, except
when I forget to empty the garbage can. That usually happens about
10 boards into a new project. Otherwise, I never touch the chip
collector, and I have not even looked at the bag in 2 years.
My guess is that unless the DC is not pumping air thru the bag, leave
it alone, the fine dust is just helping the filtering. Hope this
On Sat, 24 Jan 2009 23:15:26 -0800 (PST), email@example.com wrote:
I agree totally with the cyclone..
Mine is a fiber 50 gal. drum with plywood lid and as long as I keep it less than
3/4 full, it pretty much traps everything but fine dust..
Not sure about the Delta DC, but on my HF unit, the top bag deflates when the
power is cut, which seems to make what dust is coating the bag fall into the
Moved to the new place in October of 06 and haven't had to empty the bag.. It
feels like it might have almost a pound of dust in it, though the cyclone barrel
gets emptied often..
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I have a second drum in the chain and it seems to catch the fine dust
really well. I've been using the double-barrel approach for over six
years now and the DC collection bag is still empty (now dirtier on the
outside than on the inside). :)
The DC itself is the cheap HF 1-1/2 hp unit and my lids are the larger
LV clear separator lids. Adding the second drum hasn't seemed to have
significantly reduced the suck power of the DC. I'm a happy camper.
I bought a bag full of magnets and I also use
them to hold dc bags.
Be aware that the rare earth guys are quite small
and flat. They can be a real bear to peel off of
a dc unit once they are in place.
Here is a slightly better choice with a little
The Delta I have, that started this thread has three springy clips that hold
the bag in place until you get the band clamp on the bag.
I appreciate the other comments and will leave the upper bag alone when I
empty the lower chip bag.
I have often thought about using a cyclone but then I could not roll the
Delta DC around my shop to get to various machines.
Might be easier to roll the cyclone around...
My barrel/drum is about 20 feet away from the DC..
I have a weird setup, I guess... The front wall of the shop has two large
windows with a 2' space between them, so I have the DC in one corner and the
cyclone in the other, near the lathes and bandsaw, to avoid blocking the
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