McBridge Cabinets - Dust Collection In!

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Blog entry by ND2ELK posted 01-21-2009 04:33 AM 9415 reads 4 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

McBridge Cabinets – Dust Collection

The dust collection unit that I chose for my 14 X 21 shop was the Temp142CX from Penn State Industries. Some specifications and reasons for picking this unit are as follows:

2 HP, 220V Motor
14” Impeller – 6 Fin
½ Micron Filter Cartridges
Up to 12 Drops
Up to 30 Ft. Runs
Up to 1200 Sq. Ft.
5 Yr. Warranty

I used the economy 26 GA duct work which was noticeably heavier than the stores. Penn State had everything I needed to put this unit in. There was nothing that I ordered that they did not have.

Everything went together very well, from the cyclone unit to the duct work. It took me 5 days to put everything in. I will hook up the hoses as I get the new equipment.

There were three accessories I added to my dust collection system:

1. Cyclone muffler, which really makes a difference. It is quieter than a shop vac.

2. A long range remote dust collection switch and motor starter.

3. Recirculating clean-out system to clean the micron canisters.

The only thing I am going to add to the system is a level cyclone bin sensor.

Penn State Industries had quick shipping and great technical and product support if needed. I highly recommend Penn State Industries and their products. A special thank you to Bill Whitaker for his assistance and guidance.

These are the components for the cyclone unit. All the parts were there and it went together very easily.

This is what the cyclone looked like after being put together and hung on the wall.

Because I am working by myself, I had to figure out a way to hold up the duct sections while I hung them from the ceiling. I came up with a cradle on my scaffolding to accomplish this.

If you have the height, it is better to come straight out of the cyclone. If you do not, you need to come out gradually for better air flow.

I have two main runs on each side of the shop. I used 6” duct on the mains and 4” on the drops.

You can see that I have quite a few elbows, laterals, wyes, reducers and blast gates.

I have a very understanding wife! She let me silicone the canisters together in the kitchen. I do not know if she was real keen on my putting her antique child’s trunk on top for weight.

Here are some pictures of the accessories I added to my dust collection system – the recirculating clean-out system, long range remote and cyclone muffler.

I built a storage cabinet in the dead space between the cyclone and the wall. You will also notice that the wainscoting is done and the chair rail is on. All I need to do is clean up the floor and put the baseboard on.

This is my first major piece of bigger equipment. It is a Makita12” sliding miter box saw. What a great machine! Hope to order the table saw the end of this month.

Thanks for looking at my shop!

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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Scott Bryan

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#1 posted 01-21-2009 04:38 AM

That is a really nice set-up that you have put together. I am looking at putting in a dc system so I will have to give this one a good look.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#2 posted 01-21-2009 04:40 AM

Thats alot of ducting, looks good. I still haven’t got my cyclone hooked up yet, it’s pretty cold out in the shop this time of year, and I’m trying to figure out a better way to hang the bag.

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Thos. Angle

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#3 posted 01-21-2009 05:02 AM

That’s quite a set up, Tom. You will enjoy using it , I’m sure.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#4 posted 01-21-2009 05:38 AM

nice looking system to go along with a very nice looking shop! i still have yet to buy a system, but i’m getting close.

-- mrsawdust, pittsburgh,pa.

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#5 posted 01-21-2009 05:51 AM

Man, Tom, that must have something to get all that “plumbed” up my yourself.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#6 posted 01-21-2009 06:13 AM

A very professional looking job! Looks great! A pipe organ in a church should look so good.

-- Frank, Florissant, Missouri "The New Show-Me Woodshop"

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#7 posted 01-21-2009 07:34 AM

That’s one sweet setup. Nice installation too!

-- Scott - Chico California

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#8 posted 01-21-2009 01:21 PM

Impressive! My dust collection consists of a squirrel fan in my shop window. Moves a grip of air but it is crude. Your system is a new standard by which to judge all others!

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#9 posted 01-21-2009 02:05 PM

Nicely done

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#10 posted 01-21-2009 02:18 PM

Looks great…some day when I can “swing it” I’d like to upgrade my DC to something similar. Great looking job…enjoyed seeing the pics, thanks!

-- Patrick, Chicago, IL

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#11 posted 01-21-2009 05:29 PM

Sweet! I’m sure this will help keep your shop clean.

-- Dennis Zongker

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Charles Mullins

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#12 posted 01-21-2009 05:52 PM

I’m so proud for you. Doing it right from the start makes it a LOT easier and cleaner. A great looking shop there!

I have started a Bill Penz cyclone but haven’t finished yet. I guess I need put it higher on the work list.


Charlie Mullins

-- God makes the wood beautiful--I simply rearrange it to make it more useful, hopefully.

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#13 posted 01-21-2009 05:57 PM

Very nice set up. You will enjoy the cyclone imensely.

One of the best investments you could make in your shop.



-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#14 posted 01-25-2009 02:28 AM

these pics were very helpful.. thanks

-- making sawdust....

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#15 posted 02-06-2009 05:50 PM

Wow! Very nice set up. I’m in the planning / preparation phase for an improved dust collection system, this is great motivation. Great job.

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