My Trusty Dusty (sorry LBD)

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Blog entry by robscastle posted 06-01-2021 01:36 PM 384 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In 2012 I made my own dust separator from two plastic buckets and some 90mm PVC pipe

Well fast forward to Jun 2021 and it has died on me, the sun (AKA as global warming) manage to brittle the plastic and it died on the job.
I was doing a hardwood project which I will post later but here is the terminal story.

the top failed so as I was midway through a project I tried to do a patch up just to keep it working.

This worked for a short time and the operation called for more suction which was just not happening.
So I stopped to investigate why I wasn’t sucking as much as I normally could.

I used quite a bit of duck tape, (little grey duck tape) but it was really beyond help as a massive hole appeared in the side of the bucket. (really actually duct tape!)

This was not a result of me kicking it either.
So off to Bunnings I went for a new bucket.

I fitted it up and set to work cutting holes in it for the in and out pipes.
Silicon sealered all the seams and got back to work again.

I wondered if I will get another 9 years out of it, I will be surprised if I do as I think maybe another 5 years of wood working will see me pack up and power down the activity.

Repair material cost was about $30.

And it does bloody work BTW even with the 90 degree bend on the flex hose!

Oneida eat your heart out!

-- Regards Rob

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#1 posted 06-01-2021 02:10 PM

better get a patent on that asap rc thats gonna get copied for sure.nice recovery.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#2 posted 06-01-2021 09:39 PM

It ain’t pretty but if it gets the job done more power to it.
It’s time to make a pretty one. LOL

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#3 posted 06-01-2021 11:45 PM

Well done Rob, Getting rid of the sawdust is super important and a $30 fix is good value.

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#4 posted 06-02-2021 02:46 AM

Nice, Rob! I see you still have the metal strap so you don’t build up a static charge and then get to dance round the compost pile while emptying it, too!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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