I'm looking for a source for fiber barrels or drums so I can build my
dust collector. Does anyone know where you might find one of these
things? I called everywhere in my area and found zilch. The only ones
I found online required minimum orders of 2 and were $30-40 each.
Hope you have better luck than I. Liabilities being what they are, drums
and useful stuff that used to be pilferable goes to the landfill.
Mine came with a fiber, but I'm using GI cans, because they have handles and
Sometimes it helps a lot to hunker/shmooze [depends what part of
the country you're in]. Mine came from a county hospital and had
been filled with x-ray stop bath (acetic acid solution, as in
cider vinegar). It might help to offer to return the favor with a
knick-knack shelf or some small shop-made gift.
At worst, you should be able to have 'em give you a heads-up on
the next drums going to the landfill...
If you're not too far (I'm guessing WI) and still want drums, I
could put out the word locally - but you'd have to come pick 'em up.
There are drum recyclers in most sizable cities that will sell
cleaned-up or relined drums for $20-25. I would have had to drag
my trailer to Omaha (150 mi each way) - and elected to network
I didn't say I couldn't circumvent procedure, I just said that it's no
longer easy, for the reasons stated.
Thanks for the offer to help, but my reasoning behind the galvanized is
still valid. I know they're fire-resistant, and I sometimes forget and
suck up wet shavings from the lathe. They're also of a size and weight I
can still handle at my advanced age.
As to drums of the POL variety, still have some connections in the local
Or ask at the landfill. <G>
My local transfer station is pretty good at noticing when certain
items are "delivered, and glad to help out a taxpayer. Deli and
restaurant gift certificates after a particularly heads-up find can
That's a great idea!
Once got some unauthorized forklift help from a really sweet gal
at a client site - and got raked over the coals by the client
security manager for violating the company's union agreement (no
personal service allowed!) - I made sure the driver got a thank
you note and that the receiving department got a whole bakery
tray of sticky rolls next morning (I don't think I'll lack for
forklift help in /that/ plant - ever.)
Bottom line: people like to help when they can; and like to be
thanked when they do. (Imagine that!)
Check out your local water softener dealer. He may have some used fiberglass
salt barrels. They make killer dust collector bins. I've gotten several and
I had to do was to clean them up a bit and plug a couple of small holes.
Thank you thank you thank you - I called the local Culligan man and
the guy went out to their 'old parts' yard, dug through the drums
until he found a clean one, in good shape (no holes, etc) and a lid
for it in great shape as well. Then he said, 'you can just have it, we
toss them out anyway'...
WOOOHOOO - plus, I asked him about the stack of pallettes he had in
good shape and he said help yourself anytime!
Try a plastics molder. Most suppliers have gone to large containers and
super-sacks, but I still see some in drums. There are also used drum
dealers that may be able to help you. Check the Yellow Pages.
Good idea. A friend of mine used to be able to get them from a soft drink
bottler, too. Their syrups--I guess--come in large plastic drums, which make
fantastic trash barrels, indoors and out.
"Wars spring from unseen and generally insignificant causes, the first outbreak
being often but an explosion of anger." Thucydides
tillman firstname.lastname@example.org (tillius) wrote in message
You didnt say what size you were looking for but try these guys:
Try a large hardware store and look for bulk chain barrels. I get some
dandy's here locally. I am lucky enough have one in town that wholesales to
a large part of the smaller HW stores in the state of Texas. The warehouse
forman and I go to the same church, so it works pretty well.
I found some 30 gallon plastic (plastique David/Luigi)
barrels at the local car wash. They needed to have the tops
cut (tops don't just lift off) and they stink a bunch from
the soap/wax they contained (toned down a wee bit with a
washing of Castrol SuperClean) and I'll need to silly-cone
the rim but they are pretty heavy walled and look to be very
adequate for the task.
One other thing, they are white plastic and transparent
enough (semi-opaque) to maybe allow me to see when they need
Empty the barrels when you've collected 5 gal (more or less,
depending on your setup) to prevent pulling the dust through the
drums. I'd expected to collect a whole drum full of dust before
needing to dump 'em, but kept watch through my transparent
separator lids, and began to see dust passing right through the
first drum when it was about 1/5 to 1/4 filled.
If you cut the top out inside the rim, try it out without any
sealant between the rim and the separator lid. You may discover
(as I did) that the sealant isn't needed. AFAICT, the dust
collector pulls the lid down tight enough that additional sealing
hi bridger, I was wondering if you'd mind if I asked you to consider
shortening your email address. The reason is that when viewing the group in
Google, the email address pushes the topic in to a small area of the screen
and your addy rules the roost. It's not a big deal, just that you see a lot
less posts on a screen because the layout gets screwed up.
Below is an attempt to show what happens:
subject email@example.com date etc
Normal subject with reasonable length firstname.lastname@example.org
Anyway, if you'd consider it I'd appreciate it,
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