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Forum topic by Cooper58 posted 10-19-2020 12:39 PM 936 views 3 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-19-2020 12:39 PM

I built this cart for my dust collector after getting all the parts together to update my single stage unit. I’m new to wood working so go easy on me. I was planning on adding a dust sensor but after waiting on all the parts to arrive and discovered that the sensor from China was defective I just added a plexiglass window to be done with it.

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#1 posted 10-19-2020 09:28 PM

That should make you happy! Well thought out and easy to empty. larry

-- Just a barn cat, now gone to cat heaven.

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#2 posted 10-20-2020 12:27 AM

Nicely done. Should serve you well.

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#3 posted 10-20-2020 12:28 AM

Haha….I like it! Looks very well engineered. You should sell kits! -Benjamin

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#4 posted 10-20-2020 01:13 AM

Looks really great! Well done!

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#5 posted 10-20-2020 03:36 AM

Impressive array. I think others will borrow your footprint.

About the plexi window, you just need to remember to check it at first. After a while you’ll get an idea of what jobs fill you fastest, and how long it takes. Till then setting an egg timer for an hour, 30 minutes if jointing, and planing. You hear a ding, take a look. You have a nice sized barrel looks like, which is good, as long as you can move it when full.

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#6 posted 10-20-2020 02:19 PM

Well done! Very nice design and execution.

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#7 posted 10-20-2020 05:56 PM

Nice job. That would be perfect for my big, four bag unit.

I re-did my view port, because the smaller, lower port just didn’t cut the mustard. I, also, added the wire basket to hold sacks in place. You can see the smaller port in the one picture and the extended version in the other.

You can see through the cheapie, clear sacks from the big box just fine, since the wire basket pushes the bag against the view window.

To empty, never try to lift the bag out. It won’t happen. The bag expands, as you pull up.

Twist and turn the bag holder and lift it out. Then just tip the barrel over and let the full bag flow out.

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#8 posted 10-20-2020 06:36 PM

Thanks for the tip Kelly and to everyone else I appreciate the kind words. I’m waiting on our pole barn work shop to be build and decided to do this to keep me busy. I’ll end up running piping to all my tools once the shop is complete.

I need to possibly do something like Kelly and have a cage/bag method of getting the saw dust out.

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