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Posted on My Dust collection options - which is best?

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#1 posted 09-25-2020 01:04 PM

I have a 16-32 Jet drum sander and a planer and I use a Harbor Freight 2 HP with a home made trash can cyclone lid on a 55 gallon cardboard drum and it works very well. I copied this Woodriver cover using plywood and a 4” PVC elbow. Like you I got involved with a large job about eight years ago and had to make something quickly. The local store did not have a cyclone lid in stock at the time. I am still using that set-up, but it is not perfect, but good enough inside my warehouse. I have a friend that uses the cyclone lid and the 2 HP Harbor Freight in his business and it also works very well. Here is a link to the cyclone lid at Woodcraft for $33.

If your dust collection is not sufficient, dust will pack into the sandpaper and the board and you will instantly have a burnt line on the surface of your board. Usually the sandpaper cleaning stick will NOT clean it all off, but I highly suggest getting a couple of them and clean your drum often. I could not find this on the Woodcraft website.

It is going to take you a while to learn about your machine. Make a sample including the finish and I think you will be able to save yourself some time.

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