My dust collector separator is made of a 30 gal drum and has performed
nicely when using my table saw, radial arm saw, jointer and floor sweep,
leaving very little in the DC bag. When I started using a thickness planer
I found the separator to be scoured clean and the lower DC bag full. Nuts!
This isn't how it's supposed ot work. What has changed? would it help to
add a horizontal baffle inside the drum to slow the shavings and allow them
to settle? That doesn't even sound reasonable. Experiences and opinions
If It's like the one I've got from LV , you have to make sure the inlet
and outlet hoses are in the right places. It's been over a year now since
I've been able to do any woodworking but if I remember right the DC end goes
in the centre and the tool end goes in the outside one to make it do the
cyclone thing. I think LV has a picture with the hook-ups shown on their
I have the one sold by Rockler, and it works just fine on my 2hp with my
How big is your DC? I remember a thread where people said that too big a DC
will overpower the separator. Seems to me though that that is more likely
with small particles because there mass/surface is so much less.
I have the HF 2 HP unit so it's definitely not overpowered. After reading
Jim's post about how the hoses are connected I thought, "Jeeze, I'm not that
dumb". Then I got to thinking that when I emtied the unit the drum fell
over and all of the connections popped off (this is a homemmade separator).
I had better give that another look because I did use an angled inlet in
order to slow the intake.
Thanks to all!
My Delta unit-on-a-can type has a baffle on the intake side almost exactly
as you suggest. It's a curved piece of 4" wide galvanized which does double
duty by isolating the hose intake from the impeller intake and is curved to
slow the drop as well.
Though other problems may exist. what you suggest is a viable option.
At least no one has suggested dulling your blades and taking heavier cuts to
make high-density shavings!
Just a WAG.. does your planer have a dust extraction fan or whatever?
Trying to think WHY the separator works fine except for the planer..
I don't have a planer, but my separator sounds pretty much identical and I use
it successfully with everything in the shop except the lathe..
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