I read the very informative Bill Pentz's site
(http://billpentz.com//woodworking/cyclone/BudBlower.cfm ) on dust collectors
and followed his recomnandations for a Cyclone. I'm almost done putting it
together, but I'm still waiting for the impeller that was ordered from
Did anyone order the 14" impeller from Sheldons? It was ordered May 5, 2004
(3 weeks ago) and I haven't heard from them. They don't answer e-mails or
faxes. They ask for a Paypal transfer so they have my money.
Call them. I found their email response was a bit slow. It did take some
time to get
mine delivered (forget how long now but it was weeks, not days). I ordered
around summer time
last year. Haven't gotten around to building the cyclone yet but I've got
all the parts ready
to go. I'd be curious to hear how your construction went, any tips you
As long as I know that it's going to be shipped, it's fine. I understand
that Sheldons doesn't usually sell to the general public, but it shouldn't
be hard to confirm the order and shipping date.
I made my cyclone using Clarke Echols' kit
(http://billpentz.com//woodworking/cyclone/ClarkesKits.cfm ). I made the
blower using Bill Pentz's design, with a 5 HP Leeson #120554 motor and (when
I finally get it) Sheldons Engineering's 14" impeller.
Clarke's kit is very good, the instructions are detailed but there are some
discrepencies. If you're using this kit, I could give you some pointers. If
someone is considering buying the kit or making his cyclone from scratch,
I'd be happy to discuss the pros and cons of both choices if they'd like.
I spent a considerable amount of time reading all the threads I could find
on the subject and the invaluable material on Bill's site. As I can
understand, it is (or it was) an ongoing project for Bill and the design
evolved over the months/years. Some of the information on the site refers to
past designs and no longer applies. It gets confusing at times. For example,
some of the blower pictures show the old design and some show the new
design. The spiral layout has also changed. Steve Cater's site
(http://www.digitalnetworks.ca/~stevecater/wood/Cyclone.htm ) shows the older
what's your start stop mechanism and are you using a remote?
I found a start stop (I've got a 5 hp too.) from Oneida-air.com for $400 and
would rather look around 1st for another cheaper option. Having problems
finding a start stop that uses a remote for the 5 hp. motor that ends up
being relatively cheap.
sorry to ask a different question in this thread but I can't figure out how
to reply to Richard only, keeps asking for a new user pass or something when
I do that, got around it by replying to the group.
Surplus Sales of Nebraska <http://www.surplussales.com has heavy-duty
relay sets for not much money. which can be 'operated' by any sort
of light-duty remote control -- e.g. X-10, or maybe even a 'Clapper'.
My brother is an electric contractor and he's going to take care of that
part. Look at the Electrical section on Steve Cater's site
(http://www.digitalnetworks.ca/~stevecater/wood/Cyclone.htm ) for some
details on his solution. He used a 30A dedicated purpose contactor and X10
module. $400 is certainly way too expensive, a contactor with switching coil
@220V should be in the 20-30$ range.
I found that gathering infos and parts was the most time consuming part of
this project. A dust free woodworking shop is worth the effort though.
I had the same problem when ordering my impeller from Sheldons. They
cashed my check, and never sent the impeller. I telephoned, spoke
with Paul Patton, and he said the order apparently never got entered
back to their shipping department. I waited another two weeks, called
again, and got the same story. After the fourth or fifth call, Paul
told me he was just going to send an impeller. I received it about 3
days later. But it took about 10 weeks overall to get it.
Apparently, they have some internal communication problems.
Call them directly. (800)265-3572
Hope this helps,
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