Dust collection #2: Improving workshop dust collection

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Blog entry by dedalo posted 06-27-2011 07:08 PM 5738 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I wanted to improve my home workshop dust collection, last proyect was a mess, all the house ended up filled with dust, and the rest of the familly unhappy. I was using my home vacuum and that was clearly NOT enough. locally you cannot get any woodworking aspiration system from under USD500, that without a cyclone and a low quality chinese model. I didn’t want to spend so much having other things to buy for the shop, so started the long (and funnier) way of building something cheaper (well cheaper… don’t know about that)...

First thing I found was a “powder milk SOMETHING” machine, it was on sale on the local ebay clone, used, don’t know what was it for, but the propeller seemed good enough. so asked the guy if he wanted to sell that part only, and got it working with the motor for less than USD80.

then started cleaning, painting… restoring, etc…

the propeller had an strange configuration, so took it it out and modified following bill penz recomendations… BUT it was made of alluminium, and didn’t change that becouse the motor is VERY small…

once finished I added accesories and mounted on some melamine left overs, put some wheels…

rockler dust right accesories are great, simplified a lot building it…

this thing works great now… will test for a few weeks and then the next step is a cyclone separator…


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#1 posted 06-27-2011 11:00 PM

What a great story. It is amazing what can be accomplished with a little imagination and ingenuity. Thanks for sharing.

-- Scott in Texas

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#2 posted 06-28-2011 04:33 AM

WOw, tough job you did with the turbine. What is the power of the motor?

The separator is a must, at least to protect the fan.

Good job ahead too

-- Back home. Fernando

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