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Forum topic by JoeinGa posted 01-23-2015 08:59 PM 2353 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-23-2015 08:59 PM

Topic tags/keywords: tip planer dust window

I have my planer set up with a dust catcher (big garbage can) because I dont have a dust COLLECTION system in my shop. Someone was nice enough to give me that Dewalt cloth bag that fits over a trash can. Here’s my basic setup.

. When I turn the planer on that bag fills with air like a balloon, then when I shut it down the bag deflates and the weight of the metal duct makes it sink down into the can. The only way I can tell when it’s full is by taking the pipe out or by taking the cover off the can and peeking in. It’s usually a pretty dusty job just to check.

.Well, yesterday I planed a few boards and when I shut it down I realized that the bag did NOT drop into the can at all. Which told me the can was most likely FULL. Sure enough it was. In fact it was OVERFULL. What a mess when I took off that bag! So I dumped the shavings around my plants (for mulch) and today it’s pretty rainy and dreary so I decided to put a window in the can so I can see how full it’s getting.
The pic’s tell the rest …


I cut the bottom out of a plastic storage bin and used construction adhesive to attach it. Because of the curvature in the can I added a few small machine screws w/nuts and washers to make sure it forms to the curve. Then I put a bead of caulk inside and out for good measure. I cranked it up and the dust is swirling like crazy in there. Time will tell if the plastic gets cloudy from all the dust swirling (I think it might act like a sanding action against the plastic).

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#1 posted 01-23-2015 09:26 PM

Nice job.
Hope it works well, for a lengthy amount of time.

I’m looking at doing that to my DC setup.
I have the HF 2HP DC with a Thein Top Hat and a 30gal metal can.
I’ll use plexi…. I too will be hoping that it doesn’t “cloud up”!!!

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#2 posted 01-23-2015 09:39 PM

That’s a great idea Joe. I was just thinking the same on a 5 gallon bucket for a little cyclone for the shop vac. As long as it doesn’t leak things will be fine. It is cool to watch the shavings to swirl around.

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#3 posted 01-24-2015 12:45 AM

What ever it takes to get the job done Joe.

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#4 posted 01-24-2015 12:54 AM

Looks good!

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#5 posted 01-24-2015 02:19 PM

Thanks guys. I’ll be gone for the weekend, but next week I’ll be using the planer again. We’ll see how well that window works.

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