Dust Collector – Project usage

I’ve been using the setup described in my series of post for my dust collector retrofit for about 6 months now and I am still satisfied but need a few improvements, mainly in managing the dust in the bin once collected.
I had the opportunity to run the collector for milling lumber for some projects and resewing lumber which produces a pretty good mix of dust/chips in the mix.
I can say that the seperation of the dust is pretty god and really only the smallest of the dust particules goes into the filter.  The rest, gets in the bucket.  That is unless I forget to empty this same bucket.

Dust collector mishaps

35 gallons fills up pretty quickly, faster then anticipated.  I can’t really remember what was the capacity of my old setup for the dust collector, but the bag had a small window to let me see how filled up the bag was.
The fiber bucket that I ordered is of a capacity of 35 gallons.  It fills up and not having an idea how full it is, I got caught that it filled up and back filled the filter canister with large chips.  It filled up a few times.
Last time was last night and found a nice thing about the filter by accident.  It is suspended at the top by a ring and has a small bucket to collect the dust when you cleanup the filter.  Well, I found out that the filter turns to be able to reach around it to clean.  Very happy now that I found this out.

What next

Well I still need to address 2 points :

  1. level of dust un the bucket.
    1. I need to prevent overflow of the container and empty its content more often.  I looked at the Oneida Dust Sentry from Oneida but find it maybe a little bit on the expensive side.  Maybe it’s me but will keep looking but really like the idea
  2. Ease to empty the bucket
    1. I haven’t got a decent source for plastic bags that don’t cost a fortune.  I am sure that the bags that Oneida sells specifically for their buckets are great, but in the last 2 weeks, I would of spent about 30$ just for the plastic bags…

All in all, I am pretty happy but still some work in progress for some items.  Keep Making dust 🙂

Dust Collector – post upgrade

Dust collector structure 2

I finally hooked up the dust collector and the machines are now connected.  I am still working on the arts and craft bed series and had to mill some board for the mattress support, which was the best excuse to test out the setup.

Barrel

I wanted an easy way to collect the debris once the barrel was full, but found that the bags that oneida sells is a bit expensive for me.  Was looking for alternative but could not find easily bags big enough.

I remembered that I had some vapour barrier from previous project ins the home and taught this might be a good idea.  Well, it might but the bucket really needs the liner that Oneida sells or something similar so that the bag (or other sort of bag) to keep it from being sucked up close to the lid and block the chips/dust from getting into the bucket.

I started to suspect something was wrong based on the sound coming from the dust collector while I was jointing boards.  I was on the second board until I decided go take a look.  Well, as suspected, it backed out as if the drum was really full and the filter got most of it.

So had to clean the filter and the bucket and removed the plastic from the bucket and went on operating without the anything in the bucket to easily take out when full or close to.  This is still pending as to what I will consider as a good solution to easily dispose of the collected chips/dust.

Performance of the dust collector

Once this little mishap cleared out, I went on and continued with rough milling the stock and the collection per say was pretty good at the jointer.  The jointer is pretty much the tool that is the closest to the dust collector so was not expecting very bad result.

I also had the chance to slice up some small strips on the band saw and this is where I saw a pretty good difference in suction.  I have no tool to verify anything really from a velocity or com, but I could see that a lot more was sucked from the port right under the band saw table.  I also saw that the port for the under cabinet was cleaner then in the past.

After a bit of use, I was able to do a visual inspection of the filter and it was pretty clean.  Passed a bit of compressed air and the little container at the bottom was empty of dust.  Ian really impressed of the separation that the cyclone does as I was able to throw a good mix of finer dust (from the resaw at the band saw) and larger chips from the rough miller (both jointer and planer).

All in all, I think that the upgrade was worth while, specially on the separation to keep the dust in the bucket and not go into the filter.  The biggest complaint I had was the cleaning of the cartridge filter I had on the stock version of the dust collector.

Now only to fix how to easily dispose of the waste.  This will be the next phase of this project and complete the hanging of the filter in it’s permanent place.

Dust collector reconstruct

I’ve been looking for while now to soup up my current dust collector. The one that serves up up for the bugger tool, producing a variety of type of dust.  The bigger tools produce chip like dust (jointer and planer) and the band saw produces finer dust while cutting.  these are the 3 main tools that are connected to this bigger dust collector.  Here is my process so far

The current

I currently own a 2 HP single stage dust collector from King Industrial.  I upgraded the filter bag to a cartridge filter.   There is nothing wrong with it, other then it’s a single stage collector.

This is my 2 HP King industrial single stage dust collector that serves up the biggest machine
This is my 2 HP King industrial single stage dust collector that serves up the biggest machine

Although there are flaps inside the cartridge to remove the dust and debris that eventually get lodge inside, I always end up removing the cartridge to remove the excess that does not go into the bag below. Messy job.

Options

I looked at replacing the whole unit for a second stage dust collector and looked at different options.  Really appreciated the series from the Down to Earth Woodworker on youtube about his process that he followed to outfit his shop with a new dust collector.  That gave me some options to look at the replacement route.

Although some model were interesting, I have somewhat of a space limitation.  Mainly in height.  The perfect location to minimise the ducting would be under the garage door, which imposes a certain limit on how tall the unit can be.

While looking at the new collectors, I also looking if I could not retrofit my current dust collector instead.  Really, the motor on my current DC was still very good and still running.

Choices

While looking at the vendors web site, comparing the dimensions of the dust collector limited me a bit on the choices that I had, also keeping the cost of the whole solution under control.  I ultimately want something that is semi-permanent and that can run to support the different machines.

Granted that I will not run multiple machines at a time (not in a one car garage), keeping the motor of the current dust collector made more sense, specially that Oneida had the Super Dust Deputy as an option to add a cyclone in front of a current single stage unit.

What also help to steer me in this direction, is that I saw some woodworker through different post take some components of a single stage, mainly the motor, add a cartridge filter and use the Super Dust Deputy with a bucket to convert what ever they had to a DIY dual stage dust collector

The decision

Pretty obvious by now the direction I chose to go.  Last summer, I got a the Super Dust Deputy at a local dealer in Quebec City.  I then  looked for other dealers that carried the bucket and retrofit filter canister that I could fit inside the shop.
I ended up with the following components :

  • 35 gallon fiber drum kit with blank metal lid
  • 13″ x 39″ retrofit cartridge filter kit

Pictures of both components (drum with the Super Dust Deputy mounted) follows.

Super Dust Deputy and bucket
My new super dust deputy and it’s 35 gallon bucket, ready for action

Oneida Retrofit Filter
Oneida Retrofit Filter cartridge

Now comes the fun of getting all these components together to form a dust collector.
Here are some the next steps :

  • design a way to support the motor on top of the drum/dust deputy assembly
  • look into options to connect the motor housing with the filter cartridge
  • get the proper fittings/connectors/reducers to connect all of these together

These will be covered in other posts later on as the details are ironed out.
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