JET DC650 Improvements

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Forum topic by mrramsey posted 10-18-2016 01:27 PM 619 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-18-2016 01:27 PM

OK I hate to start another DC thread but I have spent the morning googling. So as I am putting my shop together a tool deal that I found included a JET DC650 Bag filter. There is also the metal can with a plastic chip separator. I was looking to see what specific improvements I could do to this DC. just as a reference point I was initially considering the grizzly G0703 1.5hp cyclone DC.

Since this tool deal had a couple tools that were “nice to haves” that i didn’t initially plan on the included DC albeit not optimal was included. I opted for the nice to have items and sacrificed on the dc. Soooo here I am trying to find some mods to improve the DC650 specifically, and on a shoestring. I know I can get pleated filters and a cyclone but those can add up quick. Looking for some DIY options at least for the short term.

-- Mike ~~~ Experience is what you get right after you needed it. ~~~

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#1 posted 10-18-2016 02:12 PM

It would be very hard to do much that would make that a serviceable unit, IMHO. I think I would use it as is, hooking it to machines with a short flex hose and moving it around as needed. Even then, it might have bags so porous that you find it to be more of a dust pump than a dust collector. But don’t spend any money on it (except better bags if needed) and wait until you can get a larger unit. Just my opinion.

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#2 posted 10-18-2016 02:36 PM

I kind of beg to differ on that, Fred. I have the DC650 with a 1micron canister filter from Penn State. It’s also hooked up to the Woodstock Lid Separator. I have it hooked up with a 4-inch PVC run, and it stays stationary.

Granted, I have a pretty small shop, but it will service a contractor’s saw, a drill press, a 12” chop-saw, and a 6” jointer. I have gates to use these machines one at a time. I also have a planer setup on wheels that I can move over to the PVC run and hookup to the junction.

It’s not a perfect setup, and I have a few more adjustments to make, but for the most part….it keeps my shop pretty clean. I supplement it with a WEN Air Cleaner, which does an excellent job. I have a Dust Deputy setup with a shop-vac for my smaller tools.

For a small shop, it is capable of handling a tool at a time with a well thought-out run. I don’t go to the ceiling, and I have kept my 90’s to a minimum.

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