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Dust Collector Bin Level Alarm

by Redoak49
posted 07-29-2016 05:48 PM

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#1 posted 07-29-2016 06:52 PM

There have been some other threads on this topic recently so you might search those but from what I saw, no one had a good solution other than putting a window in your dust bin so you can at least see the level with a quick glance.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#2 posted 07-29-2016 07:19 PM

I did a search earlier and found that there is no mentions of a reliable one. That is why I have asked.

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#3 posted 07-29-2016 08:05 PM

Here’s mine. It’s a bit ugly but it works.

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#4 posted 07-29-2016 08:36 PM

Why don’t ya just check it while in the shop? More super battery powered gizmos? Gotta have some digital reminder when breakfast is ready?
I feel better now that I’ve gotten that off my chest. We sometimes just complicate stuff for the sake of technology.
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#5 posted 07-29-2016 08:55 PM

One of the reasons is with a cyclone, the lid is held on tightly to avoid leaks.

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#6 posted 07-29-2016 09:21 PM

if you are electrically inclined here you go.

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#7 posted 07-29-2016 11:19 PM

Red, my Oneida alarm works fine, but it is not in sight sometimes due to my layout so I have to go look at it periodically. I think it is easier to empty the bin regularly.

-- Art

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#8 posted 07-29-2016 11:44 PM

I can look down thru my Thein top hat slit to see the level. Why not install inspection window on the top? When you say “oneida”. As in dust deputy or cyclone? Either way, lots of real estate on the top to easily slap in an inspection window. Or like OSU’s side inspection window.

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#9 posted 07-30-2016 02:14 AM


The view port into the dust bin is a good solution. It is reliable and inexpensive and works well for me most of the time. But fearing the day could come when I might forget to look or simply lose track of the level of debris, I installed the MacRabbet Bin Level Sensor on my system. It is wired to shut down the cyclone when the bin is full. It also flashes a strobe light when the sensor is tripped.

In fact, as I feared, I lost track of the debris level in the dust collection bin and the bin overfilled. The MacRabbet Bin Level Sensor detected the overflow condition and shut the cyclone off before debris could back up into the cyclone and enter the filters.

The sensor system is straight forward design. The sensor is a beam of light that passes through the debris path at the bottom of the cyclone funnel. When the light beam is blocked, the cyclone shuts off. The photo shows the pair of mounted black sensors at the right and left . It is not cheap at $275, but then neither is a fine particle filter; and it can save a few hours of unnecessary filter cleaning time.

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#10 posted 08-01-2016 09:31 PM

honestly a viewpoint may not be effective. I have filled both the 50gal & 30gal barrels on my setup in less than 30 min using my planner.

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#11 posted 08-01-2016 09:46 PM

Make the collection bin out of plexiglass, nice big box. Sit it 4 feet or so off the ground 2 by 4 frame, underneath put an opening (that opens and closes) glance over, its full, open up the port on the bottom it dumps into huge trash can take can on wheels and empty. Make sure can that sits underneath can hold it all. Don’t have picks but that’s what my cousin built, he got the idea watching a truck get loaded at some grain silo or something best design I’ve ever seen sits against wall requires little space you can see the level as soon as you walk into shop foolproof.. Its what I’m going to build one day.

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#12 posted 08-02-2016 10:31 PM

Another issue with the Oneida dust bin sensor is getting replacement parts. When the sensor itself failed I asked Oneida if I could buy only the replacement sensor. They would only sell a whole new kit. In addition they would not give me the part number so I could repair it myself.

If you are up to building your own, there are a couple of threads on That’s how I got the part number to repair the sensor myself. It’s been reliable for several months since then.

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