Cyclone Separator

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Project by wooddude posted 09-28-2009 03:16 AM 18787 views 19 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I totally ripped this idea off from fellow Lumberjocks SimonSKL & jcoulam. Thanks guys! Simon did such an awesome job posting the build, I was able to follow it very closely.

I set mine up so that it would be somewhat stationary, but still be able to be easily move if needed. Right now, I have a 2” PVC line going to my table saw, and a 2” line going to my miter saw. Both are tee’d into the suction of the cyclone separator. I purchased a replacement hose package that came with adaptor fittings. The hose was just long enough that I was able to cut it up and connect the rig to the PVC. I also used the extra hose to connect the PVC lines to the saws at the other ends. The only problem I have now is that I have to plug the end that’s not in use (disconnect from the saw and plug it). Its a slip fitting there, so that’s not too much trouble. The flexible connects at the rig allow me to pull the lid on the bucket to empty the contents. I can also connect the original hose to the disconnected end and use it to vacuum up the floor and benches nearby. Works pretty good.

Thanks again to Simon and Jeff for the idea!!

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#1 posted 09-28-2009 03:36 AM

I bet your system would be more efficient if you got rid of the 90 degree bends…its very cool looking and i am really wanting to build one of the ones with the baffel….just need time…I mention the 90 degrees cause if it gets clogged your gonna crush your bucket pretty fast…

-- If you can't build it, code it. If you can't code it, build it. But always ALWAYS take a picture.

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#2 posted 09-28-2009 04:37 AM

In ductwork, 1 90 degree bend is worth 30 ft of straight duct run. It would behoove you to get rid of the 90 degree elbows. Even 45’s are less restrictive.

-- "Find out what you cannot do and then go do it!"

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#3 posted 09-28-2009 06:01 AM

Very very interesting. In regards to the concerns about the 90’s, if you can locate long radius 90’s as opposed to the short radiused ones it will cut back on restrictions….of course if it works well for you then simply leave it alone.

-- If at first you don't succeed then maybe skydiving isn't for you.

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#4 posted 09-28-2009 11:08 AM

Wow! I wish I had paid attention in plumbing 101. I could really use something like that. Good job (even with the bends).

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 09-28-2009 05:49 PM

Great job wooddude! I have mine fairly stationary too, I just have a longer hose but I love the PVC stuff from the vac to the cyclone I’m definitely doing that next!

-- Jeff Coulam, Lakeway Texas

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#6 posted 11-30-2009 06:37 PM

nice job.

-- hardwood, South Carolina,

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#7 posted 03-03-2010 08:19 AM

Great idea, expanding your cyclone to multiple tools. When you do that do you need to get into “grounding wires” and such like with a dust collector system and multiple hose runs?

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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#8 posted 11-11-2011 10:37 PM

Great job! I will be building something like this for my shop also, I am sure my wife will appreciate less sawdust in the house. You mentioned that you have to clog one side of the pipes as you use the other saw. I just thought of something that may help—why not see if you can get a valve the size of your piping that would allow you to simply “turn off” the un-needed side (kind of like those outdoor hose dividers that you may use on your outside faucets? Ok, you may need separate “shut off’s” for the different lines you have but the idea might work easier than “clogging the ends”.

-- Michael TX, Not even my wife understands my sense of humor.

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#9 posted 01-25-2012 10:24 PM

Blast gates = no pluging the pipe required. Just a thought.

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