Dust Collector Upgrade

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Project by bondogaposis posted 01-15-2014 04:37 PM 8075 views 19 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a great way to make a a Delta 50-760 single stage collector into a double stage collector w/o increasing the footprint. The first thing I did was to add a sturdier floor to the base made of OSB. That really strengthened the rather flimsy original, plus the original doesn’t go all the way across the bottom. I built the Thien separator from MDF and added a steel can, very easy project, there is a ton of information how to do this all over LJ and Phil Thien’s website. The baffle and lid for the can was an easy thing w/ a simple circle cutting jig on the band saw. I added a Wynn filter to complete the project. I had to put a gasket on the rim of the opening to get a seal on the filter. It comes w/ a bunch of turnbuckles and complicated instructions for attaching the filter. I opted for a simpler approach, two bungee cords and a stick, see picture 3. It will make removing it much easier. BTW, the 1 micron filter bag in the last picture is up grabs for the cost of shipping. The first person to PM me gets it. It has a 16” opening.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#1 posted 01-15-2014 04:43 PM

Very nice job. I’m finishing up a similar upgrade but my collector is separate and the Thien/can have their own separate stand due to the limitations of my old dust collector unit. I like the simplicity of your unit and the fact that it is all on one cart. Thanks for sharing.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#2 posted 01-15-2014 04:45 PM

Hey Ron nice work on this thein collector. I have one as well and would recommend that you make a wood ring / donut to fit inside the trash can which is caulk tight to the sides. This should be about 1/3 of the way down the trash can…this will elevate the crunching sound of the trash can each time the unit is turn on. Best wishes…BC

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#3 posted 01-15-2014 04:56 PM

I just bought a Harbor Freight dust collector and like the stand you made. I intend to get the Oneide cyclone instead of a baffle.
Where did you get the stand?

-- Steve: Franklin, WI

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#4 posted 01-15-2014 04:57 PM

“elevate the crunching sound”...

blackcherry, I think you meant “eliminate”, yes? I bet autocorrect chose the wrong word for you…

Sounds like the thing develops enough suction to smush the can. Looks great!

-- Jim, Georgia, USA

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#5 posted 01-15-2014 05:11 PM

Really nice upgrade. I still spend my time in the shop with a dust mask, and every time I see an upgraded dust collector post like this, I get that much closer to buying a single-stage and upgrading with a collector and baffle. It isn’t really that expensive, particularly if you go the Harbor Freight single stage route. Thanks for posting!

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#6 posted 01-15-2014 05:17 PM

SDjunkie, The Delta collector comes w/ the stand.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#7 posted 01-15-2014 10:48 PM

You’re going to like the Wynn filter.

-- "The only limits to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today." - FDR

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#8 posted 01-16-2014 01:33 AM

Great job! Now just figure out how to incorporate one of those “flappers” that knocks the dust out of the Wynn.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#9 posted 02-23-2014 10:43 PM

Are the bungie cords enough to hold the filter from leaking?

-- Jeff NJ

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#10 posted 02-24-2014 12:15 AM

Yeah, they seem to be working fine, I did put some 1/2” foam door jam sealer around the rim of the collector.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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