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Forum topic by Dabcan posted 11-06-2015 06:06 PM 699 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-06-2015 06:06 PM

Topic tags/keywords: dust collector clog impeller craftex

I’ve got a 2HP Craftex dust collector with a canister filter. It’s basically the same as the Grizzly of similar size. I’ve got a 4” line running through solid pipe to all my tools. This connects to the collector via a 3 way split into the machine. Before the split the machine has some metal which is I assume to stop large objects from hitting the impeller. While there are large gaps between the metal (I could fit my hand through), it seems to get clogged at this point whenever I plane anything too wide on the thickness planer.

Am I foolish to remove this metal piece? I can’t see anything of any size flying down the pipes anyways and I’d rather not continually unclog the collector all the time.


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#1 posted 11-06-2015 06:15 PM

There’s mixed opinions on that…but a lot of guys do and haven’t had any problems. True enough, if a chunk gets to the impeller it can be (if nothing else) quite noisy and may damage it, but I cut the one out of mine (when I had a single stage DC) and survived.

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#2 posted 11-06-2015 08:52 PM

I took mine out but after I added a thien baffle.

-- Todd, Huntsville, AL

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