My dust collector odyssey #1: Inital thoughts and plans

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Blog entry by dschlic1 posted 10-06-2020 05:31 PM 809 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I have been using shop vacs for dust collection for a number of years. They work for some tools and not at all for others. So I recently decided to acquire a dust collector: high volume and low pressure.

First some info about my “shop”. My shop is a two car garage that has two cars parked in it. There is a small section on the left hand side where I store all of my tools. Everything is mounted on wheels and is mobile. Any time I think about getting a new device, I first have to figure out where to store it. It is so bad that last year a friend of ours was moving to Texas and offered to give me his wood lathe. Unfortunately I had to refuse as there was no place to store it. Also all of the walls in the garage are occupied with various storage items.

I have a Dewalt 735 planer which produces a huge amount of chips. Because of that, I built a Thien baffle for the top of my garbage can:
This shows the bottom of the baffle:

This works with the chips, but not the dust. This garbage can/Thien baffle resides on a mobile cart in a corner of my shop.

So I started to look at dust collectors. First I looked at cart mounted, mobile dust collectors. I was set to purchase one of these until I realized that it wouldn’t fit. So I started to look at a smaller “wall mounted” unit that could be used on top on my existing Thien baffle. The existing baffle uses 2 1/2” shop vac connectors. The DC would be using 4” hoses. So I have started to modify the top, I removed the existing PVC connectors, and plugged the square hole in the center.

I ordered a high end wall mounted DC along with the necessary fittings from Amazon. However I was still not happy with the rated flow from that unit. In searching the web, I discovered that several people were modifying the Harbor Freight DC to mount vertically above a trash can. When I saw that, I decided to go that route. I canceled the Amazon order, and purchased the Harbor Freight 2HP dust collector.

In the next blog entry, I will test the dust collector and modify the Thien baffle.

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#1 posted 10-08-2020 02:26 AM

How about making your own. LOL
Make it any size you want.

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#2 posted 10-08-2020 04:20 PM

I may go with a cyclone separator, but want to try the easy way first.

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#3 posted 10-08-2020 08:02 PM

The one Home Depot sells looks like a winner to me, if I didn’t already have a couple of them I would check it out.
That is if you are looking for a small one, which gets the job done for my small shop.
I should also add I vent to the out side.

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