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    Dust collector upgrade

    Ok, so most of you know what I was running for a DC.

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    Well it just wasn't getting the job done, especially when I was using the planer and drum sander. So I purchased this from Oneida.

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    I am very happy with the function. I ran a couple tests, as good as I could. I ran a bunch of MDF through the sander and planed a few boards. I did get a small amount of dust in the filter from sanding. The planer produced almost no filter dust. Before I got too crazy with some of my ideas, I made a duplicate of the bottom of the cyclone.

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    I then cut a 6" hole in a 55 gal barrel top and mounted the cyclone on top.

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    Here is a picture of the bag after the test. Very little dust made it there.

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    Now it is time to get serious with this thing. I want to wall mount the cyclone. I made a stand for the cyclone and mounted it the the wall.

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    I found some 6" HVAC duct adapters at Menards and bought two. Mounted them tot he barrel and bottom of the cyclone wall mount.

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    Along with Jim's 6" hose, here it is in all it's glory.

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    So what I was left with after the cyclone was wall mounted.

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    First thing I had to do was remove the motor from the base. The impeller had to be turned 90 degrees. I had to remove the impeller to get to the bolts that hold the impeller housing in place. When I pulled the impeller, I didn't notice I had buggered up the threads. I had to chamfer end of the shaft. So if anybody pulls their's make sure you chamfer first

    I wanted a straight pull from the motor to the cyclone. I had to purchase a 6' to 5" reducer. Found that at a local furnace dealer. I also took a small piece of the 5" to finish up the connection. I mounted two pieces of 3/4 ply to the wall, so I could mount the motor to it.

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    For the filter and bag assembly, I pulled the 3 supports off the factory base and bent them with my conduit bender. I went slow as to not break the bender because the legs are thicker than regular conduit. I then figured out the spacing and cut the new legs to what I hoped would be the right length. I had the old ends welded back on too the new bent legs.

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    I remounted the legs to the housing. I had to drill a couple new holes.

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    Now for the question of filter mounting, I wanted to be able to remove the filter without pulling the bag. I figure I could just mount it from the outside with turnbuckles. I used four, instead of the three it came with. I bought some heavier duty type. I like the way it works and it is holding up so far. Four seems to be the ticket, good even pull all the way around. I didn't over torque them, just snug. I drilled four new holes for this.

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    And here it is, all wall mounted.

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    I would like to move the filter up higher but the garage door track is in the way. I can't make up my mind on whether cut the track or just remove the filter and dump the filter line outside. I also need to have a better bracket made to move the center of the mount/ impeller to be more in center with the cyclone. As of now, it is working like a champ. Next is to hard pipe the tablesaw and maybe a drop for the wheeled stuff. I will be using 4" sch 35, as I have a bunch on hand and it won't really be that long of a pull.
    Last edited by Steve Southwood; 06-26-2013 at 12:23 AM.
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    Looks like a perfect solution Steve. I'm ordering a Cyclone tonight and I am going to shamelessly copy your design
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    Copy all you want Bob, I think it works pretty good. For the cost, it is a great cheap upgrade
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    That looks great Steve. Nice cobble job. It is amazing how little material gets to the filter with a cyclone in the path. I still shake my head when I have emptied the barrel a half a dozen times and see only a teaspoon of fines in the filter catch-bag.
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    Quote Originally Posted by glenn bradley View Post
    That looks great Steve. Nice cobble job. It is amazing how little material gets to the filter with a cyclone in the path. I still shake my head when I have emptied the barrel a half a dozen times and see only a teaspoon of fines in the filter catch-bag.
    Ha, I work for the state, I cobble all day long.
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    Fantastic job Steve. A great solution. Seems like it even saves some space, since you don't need much room under that filter for the bag.
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    Yep, the plan is to park the bandsaw there. Opened up about 6 sq ft.
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    Seems like you could just route the exhaust directly outside, and eliminate the filter completely. It should work great - at least for the Summer, when heat loss isn't a concern. Replace the glass in that window with plex, or acrylic, and cut a hole for the hose...
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