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Blog entry by MLK posted 07-24-2020 01:42 PM 504 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

I had my system for about a year now and it’s worked great. During that year I’ve emptied the bag several times and at one point I replaced the original collection bag with one I bought from Amazon. I just emptied the bag a few days ago this time I took the 5 micron cloth bag down, I turned it inside out and cleaned it with my shop vacuum. When I put it everything back together and turned it on the bags inflated but was really soft to the touch were before when turned on they got real hard. I checked for leaks but dident fined any, so I’m wondering if I damaged the 5 micron filter bag by vacuuming it?



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#1 posted 07-24-2020 03:30 PM

Bags normally get a buildup on the inside which actually improved the filtering. You cleaned up the bag and now no coating. It will gradually build up.

You can get a canister filter which works better and better protects you. Your bag collects chips but let’s hazardous size particles out to harm you.

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