diy cyclone collector

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Project by kizerpea posted 12-05-2011 04:14 PM 9765 views 18 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Diy cyclone
started with a 55gal cut down to 24in long drum is 24in dia. had a friend weld the top ring back on. yes the cone is removeable. the cone is fited into the lid an has a lock ring to hold it on.the center pipe is 6in an steps up to 10in inside cylinder. the feed pipe is 6in also welded in. sealed with fiberglass an painted. yep i’m a jet tool man.
the power plant for the cyclone is a 1200 cfm jet 2hp located out the shop.this keep the noise down an the air is pumped back in an filtered by big truck air filters. .....used the plan from wood magazine as a guide. sometimes u got to think outside the box. an have a Mcguiver hand book LOL!


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#1 posted 12-05-2011 05:11 PM

nice work :-)

thanks for sharing


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#2 posted 12-05-2011 05:50 PM

good job thanks for the good Idea.


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#3 posted 12-05-2011 07:13 PM

You did what I’ve been wanting and planing to do, kizerpea. It looks well planned and executed. I’m sure it works just as well, if not better than one of those store bought sets that they charge an arm and leg for! Well done!

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#4 posted 12-05-2011 11:07 PM

I take it this is still working from 2002 till now?? Is there any angle to the intake pipe or woudl you say it is perpendicialr to the walls of the barrel?

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#5 posted 12-06-2011 12:23 AM

I made one of the Wood Magazine cyclone seperators and it works flawlessly taking out close to 98% of the dust and chips. Their instructions are perfectly detailed so there was no problem building one totally from scratch. I like your idea of using the drum. that would have saved me a bunch of time.

-- Rob, You have failed if you have not tried.

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#6 posted 12-06-2011 12:45 AM

Right on ..McGuiver, good old American inginuity succeeding at work.

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#7 posted 12-06-2011 12:46 AM

This looks like a very energetic undertaking and I admire that. I have been thinking along these lines for a while now. I’m still gathering materials and ideas for mine. This really helps. One queston, does it need to be as big as you have made yours.

-- Denis in Grande Prairie. Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mistery, but today is a gift. That is why it is called the present.....Pink !

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#8 posted 12-06-2011 06:38 AM

Nice work. What issue of Wood Magazine had the plan?

-- Even if we don't know how, we can still try.

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#9 posted 12-06-2011 09:07 AM

thanks for all the coments….it was built july of this year. the date on my camera is wrong. no the pipe does not have a angle. the amount of pipe in the cylinder is nessesary to start dust an chips into a swirling motion.other wise, the dust an chips would deflect off of the center pipe, sorry i didn,t use a dial calper or a slide rule to build this project.i bought the plan from wood magazing about 11bucks an used it as a guide. my cone is 1 piece cut an rolled, the plan called for 3 pieces over laped an riveted. i chose a 24ga sheet metal verse the 30ga roof flashing they used. the drum i used was free, i used stove pipe from lowes 6in black…its heaver ga than duct work..if u check the jiffy lube or any where that changes oil they will have smaller drums. took me three weeks working off an on to get this done. 60 bucks invested in the whole thing. good luck…be glad to help any one that wants to build there own.


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#10 posted 02-28-2012 03:08 PM

Hi Steve,

Great looking cyclone you have there, I’m actually installing my system now. I’m also using a 55 gallon drum but I’m just having it as a two stage seperator at the mo. I may when I get time convert it to a system similar to your own.

I’m also a Jet tools guy, have most of my benches, cabinets in the same livery. Can I ask, where did you get the “Jet tools and equipmet” transfers from, or did you just make up your own stencilling and paint them on.

Thanks again.


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