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Posted on Cyclone Clogging at the Cone and 7" Flex Hose

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#1 posted 02-01-2017 03:07 AM

Great comments and ideas on this dilemma! Thanks to all for the comments. I checked for leaks at the flex hose and drum window. I checked the seal between the cone and body of the cyclone, and all were leak-free. I added some Rockler Extreme Tape for extra assurance, but that wasn’t the problem.

Then I tried opening a second blast gate. That made no difference except to swirl the chips faster. I tried partially opened gates, and gates in different physical locations, and they all behaved the same.

Then I pulled the plastic drum liner. I put the lid back on to collect chips directly in the drum. I fired up the planer and milled some more stock. Instantly the chips swirled and emptied into the drum as they should.

Whether the bag was causing a leak at the lid, or just interfering with the swirling dust, the bag was definitely the problem.

I checked the filter and cleanout and it was empty like normal. I think the planer showed the problem more glaringly because of the copious amount of chips.

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