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Forum topic by normrep posted 04-04-2013 02:10 PM 9048 views 1 time favorited 22 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-04-2013 02:10 PM

Got the DeWalt 735 planer and made a Thien baffle for a separator. Don’t have a dust collector, but use a good shop vac. Works quite well enough for everything in my shop except for the 735 because it pumps the chips out with a powerful blower. The lid on my separator is heavy and the container is a blue plastic 50 gallon drum with the top cut off. I have the separator lid bungeed to the mobile cart I made to hold the lid down tighter to the drum, but the pressure from the planer blower is great enough to blow a little dust out at the edges. I know that a shop vac is not recommended for the planer, but I’m wondering if a dust collector (I’m thinking of the Harbor Freight 2hp) would overcome the blower and hold the lid down and keep the dust in or if I would continue to have the same leaking I’m currently having. Just wondered if any of you have a setup with a 2hp collector, 4” hose, Thien baffle on separator, and the DeWalt 735. If so, does the lid stay down and the dust stay in? Before I drop the money on such a setup, it would be nice to know if it would solve my little problem. Thanks for the replies!

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#1 posted 04-04-2013 02:14 PM

I use the HF DC with the same planer, sans the baffle. I don’t see how there would be a problem with it.

-- jay,

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#2 posted 04-04-2013 05:55 PM

I use a Penn State 1.5 hp DC and a trash can separator lid setup between the DC and the 735 and it works nicely.

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#3 posted 04-04-2013 07:52 PM

I’m using an HD shop vac with a trash can separator on the 735 and it is working great. 2 1/2 in from vac to separator 4 in from planer to separator. Its catching all the chips and the majority of the dust. getting very little dust in the vac filter.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#4 posted 04-04-2013 08:12 PM

I’m with Jay. HF w/o the baffle,works just fine.

-- Life is good.

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#5 posted 04-04-2013 08:23 PM

I have the HF 2HP DC with a Thein Top Hat pre-seperator, 4” metal ducting (20’ metal, 3’ flex hose) serving my DW735. I have no problems, with the system.

I have several blogs containing pictures & info:
Thein Build Blog
HF 2HP DC Modification Blog
Running Shop Ducting Blog

Just a few pictures, of my setup…..

Thein Pre-seperator & “Hot Rod” HF 2HP DC:

Shop Duct work:

DW735 Planer Blast Gate & Ducting:

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#6 posted 04-04-2013 11:04 PM

Wow – just what I was looking for! Great information and pictures always help. Sounds like I should have no problem with an HF collector. Mine will be a mobile unit and rolled to each individual tool. Sure would be nice to have everything stationary with duct work to each tool. Thanks for all the replies!

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#7 posted 04-05-2013 03:45 AM

I actually run my 735 without a DC or vacuum. The planer is on a cart with a removable chip “bucket”. A hose drops directly into the chip bucket and has a furnace filter on one side to allow air to exit. It collects 99% of the chips and dust and works better than I expected.

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#8 posted 04-05-2013 06:58 AM

My chip collector is almost 8 years old. I have to admit that she isn’t very efficient, and seems to be the most expensive item in my collection, but when she smiles and asks “When can we do the next project?” it makes it all worthwhile…

Okay, that was too corny. I normally just setup the planer to blow the chips on my driveway and sweep up the new micro-mulch for use in my gardens, but I have had some success with connecting my 735 to my shop vac without using the vac motor and have had decent results.

-- I don't make sawdust...I produce vast quantities of "Micro Mulch."

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#9 posted 04-05-2013 07:13 AM

Hi. Like Randy, I too have the 735 connected to HF dust collector, Wynn filter, running through a thien baffled chip separator. It keeps up well.

-- -Gerry, Hereford, AZ ” A really good woodworker knows how the hide his / her mistakes.”

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#10 posted 04-05-2013 10:52 AM

Well my shop is poor boy shop so no dust collector system and what I dont have the money for I build some cloth and a cardbourd drum .Ill say one thing for the DW735 that is one powerful planer.

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#11 posted 04-05-2013 11:41 AM

Geez – that’s some amazing contraption! Could you say more about how you actually constructed that? Looks pretty cool. How do you remove the drum when you empty the chips and how does the cloth cover stay in place for a good seal around the drum. Looks very interesting. My shop vac arrangement works – shall we say – well enough, but I’d like to keep all the dust in the drum. You guys that use the dust collector – does the lid stay tight and not leak dust when the planer comes on? If I would grow up and get in the 21st century, I’d take a pic of my little system and post it. I like all the photos you guys have put up – worth a thousand words you know. Any other set-up photos? The more the better! Thanks everyone…

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#12 posted 04-05-2013 11:56 AM

David Dean.. Please tell us more about your home built unit! Details, Man…. We need DETAILS :-)

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#13 posted 04-06-2013 01:24 AM

Well after see the dust collector on LJ so I made my own out of a 35gl cardboard drum fien it when the wife toke me yardsaleing got it for 5 dollar’s and the cloth came from locel business that throw it away but here is some pic’s. so frist you need a picie of cloth 61 3/4”long and 5 feet tall but you can make it shorter and sowe to gather and the top take the lied on the cloth and make a ciocle ha round the lied and cut it out and sowe it to your sock now the 4” hole flexy pipe would be great but I had was stove pipe but any way you need a picie of cloth 14” by 24” and sowe that togather and cut out a hole where you need it and sowe the end to the sock mahe sure that lucking collar come’s with drum that is what hods the sock on and yes it hod dust. Sorry guys I not that good at this but I hope this help holer if you need help.

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#14 posted 04-06-2013 11:20 AM

Now that’s what I’m talking about David. Thanks for posting those great pics and information. Maybe with a little help from my wife, I could rig something up! Back to the woodshop..

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#15 posted 04-07-2013 12:56 PM

Maybe you just need a better seal at the lid. Try weather stripping or silicone bead.

-- Marty, Wilmington, OH, learning every day....

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