R2-D2 Cyclone Separator

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Blog entry by Chipy posted 06-11-2011 09:18 PM 7891 reads 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I bought this separator from Woodstock INTL.It garnered decent reviews but I thought it needed some tweaking.Most of the guys that have purchased this separator complained about the fit of the separator and garbage can.So this morning I went to Lowe’s and took the cyclone lid with me and started to test fit lids.The only one that fit was the galvanized metal can.I found this can to heavy for my liking and also I wanted a dolly under it.The BRUTE can had an integrated dolly witch I liked but it was a poor fit for the cyclone lid.The cyclone lids O.D.was the same as the O.D. on the BRUTE lid.I decided to integrate the cyclone lid to the BRUTE lid.With some washers ,bolts, lock washers and garage door bottom gasket I fit the two lids together.I still waiting for some 4” quick disconnects from Rockler and I will do some leak checks and some clear silicone calk but it works real good! I will do a fallow up report when I do a planer or joint-er tool test.


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#1 posted 06-18-2011 02:58 PM

I am happy to say this set up performs awesome! I did the jointer and planer test and past with flying colors!!! I planed some white oak from 1” to 3/4”.I ended up with a handful of chips in the recovery bag on the dust collector and covered the bottom of the chip separator can.I would have to say it is in the 90% range as far as chip separation.For anyone who is interested this project was not dirt cheep no pun intended but the performance was well worth it.I have a garage shop witch is attached to the house.If there is a lot of dust in the shop some of it ends up making its way into the house so it was important that this unit work real well.

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Bob Kollman

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#2 posted 06-30-2011 07:54 AM

Hello Chipy,

I like that set up, a while back ago I read an artical (real while back ago),
where this guy put a garbage bag in the can and then used tomato plant
wire to stop the bag from collapsing. When the can was filled he simply
pulled out the wire, and his chip were all bagged and ready for the garbage.
I don’t know if it’ll work, but if you try it and it does work I’d be real interested
to know. Thanks Bob

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#3 posted 06-30-2011 08:18 AM

R2 D2? I don’t see no R2 D2. But that’s a really cool idea.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#4 posted 06-30-2011 10:23 PM

Thanks Bob Kollman I was wondering the same thing.That”s a great idea! I will let you know how it works when I test it out.I am always looking for an easy way out of cleaning up saw dust.Hey ranse I just call the ding dang old thing R-2 It’s not really a robot.

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#5 posted 05-05-2012 07:16 PM

Thanks for the post, It has a lot of real useful info it there. Also the picture are real helpful too. About the Robot, I think it looks more like the Robot in Lost In Space ( “Danger, Will Robinson!” ), Just my 2 cents.LOL

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