On Thu, 10 Mar 2005 06:06:28 GMT, "Highland Pairos"
6" or 3", no problem if you're building it... mine is just a plastic trash can
with 2 4" elbows, so your's would be 6" fittings... otherwise the same thing..
Every time I'm using the DC and hear something bigger than curls land in the
separator, i'm glad that I made it.. *g*
I can also use it on the floor under the lathe, bandsaw, etc. without worrying
about larger chips, small screws, etc... also, a trash can is a lot easier to
empty, so I tend to use the DC more for floor than I would if I was emptying
bags on the DC.. YMMV
Have you guys seen Grizzly's new cyclone unit?
Pretty impressive if you need something that big. I've read through a
lot of posts and web pages about (true) cyclones, and it would seem
that conceptually, all DC machines should be built this way, but in
the real world, I guess a "small" cyclone doesn't work? By small I
mean, why couldn't you have a 1HP compact cyclone that used a diesel
truck air filter? I mean, when you really think about it, the only
thing different about a conventional DC and a Cyclone DC is reshaping
some tin and placement of the fan.
A possible alternative to the cyclone is Jets barrel setup.
From a space-saving point of view, this supposedly works pretty well,
and you get the benefits of the cyclone concept without the
frankenstein in the corner. There are other brands that do the same
thing, offer a 2-stage DC without a true cyclone.
On Thu, 10 Mar 2005 05:13:25 GMT, "Highland Pairos"
Thanks for all the insights. I may see about making one of the quick
homemade trash can separators for now. It sounds like that is just a matter
of cutting some holes in a can lid and inserting a fitting. I definitely
plan to install some floorsweeps and probably a drop for 2.5" vacuum hose.
I added a seperator to my puny 1 HP unit along with a larger top bag.
While the larger top bag didn't make much difference, I noticed an increase
in performance with the addition of the seperator. I assume this is from
two things. First, the bottom bag doesn't fill up nearly as fast. Second,
I think the 45 gallon trash can is acting like a vacuum tank to a degree.
Of course, the seperator is much easier to deal with when it comes time to
empty. With a good stack of boards, I've produced three trashcans full of
fluffy shavings in an afternoon.
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