My Dust Collector Mod #1: Design and Adapting the Air Filter

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Blog entry by BrettLuna posted 07-17-2018 11:02 PM 1485 reads 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Since we’re replacing our well pump this week, I won’t be buying that spiffy new dust collector this fall that I’ve been eyeballing. Instead, I opted to modify my current DC, a very humble, very 1-horsepower-ish Shop Fox W1727. The plan is to replace the filter bag with a more efficient pleated canister filter, equip it with a Super Dust Deputy separator, incorporate my iVac remote switch, and build a new base to hold it all. Here’s what points A and B look like:

Over the last couple-three weeks, I purchased the 4-inch SDD kit and a Donaldson-equivalent P190818 air filter. I got started this past Sunday with the first phase: adapting the air filter.

The filter is open at both ends, so I made a cap of ¾-inch MDF. The filter is sized to fit nicely in the DC orifice pan but the seal doesn’t…seal. So I built an MDF ‘donut’ on which to mount the filter and equipped it with a bracket and threaded rod to retain the filter/cap. I adhered a ring of thick foam weatherstripping tape in the pan, pressed the donut onto it, and screwed it in place through the sidewalls.

And that’s where it stands right now. Next…and I’m not sure how soon I’ll get to it…I’ll start work on the base.

-- Brett — Peters Creek, Alaska

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Bill Berklich

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#1 posted 09-27-2018 12:09 PM

Love the basic design. I think I’ll steal … I mean adopt it ;-) I’m looking forward to seeing the finished product.

Question: are you going to put on a handle like the original unit?

-- Bill - Rochester MI

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#2 posted 09-30-2018 12:10 AM

Thanks, Bill. Adopt away. I may carry the existing handle over to the new base or I may just put a couple gate handles on the sides.

-- Brett — Peters Creek, Alaska

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