Old Methane Gas Cloud
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Huntington Beach, California
I have a similar setup to that of Captianawsome.
My shop is in a garage and the garage door is open when I am working in the shop. Dust hanging in the air doesn't seem to be a problem with the door open.
The actual dust collector is a Jet with top and bottom Penn State Industries, 1 micron bags. (A good investment IMHO.)
I use a modified trash can separator. The top on the trash can is from Woodcraft and inside there is a 4" right angle DC pipe to create a vortex. It seems to work rather well.
I move the hose from machine to machine as needed. The only machines that I don't connect to the DC are the drill press and a SCMS. I use a shopvac on the SCMS and drill press. Connecting them to the DC just isn't practical due to the geography of the shop.
There are about a zillion other methods and devices that probably work better than my kludge. I'm sure that a true cyclone or a Thein all work better than my $50 separator. (Can, top and angle)
Here is what I can say about my kludge set up. I only see wood flour in the bottom DC bag. (1 micron) All that I can see of the larger chips appear to be trapped in the separator. The trash can gets emptied every 4 o 6 weeks depending upon usage. The flour bag gets emptied when there is 10 to 12 inches of flour in the bag. This works out to every six or eight months.
When I was setting up the DC system, the sales guy at the store asked me, "How many people are going to work in the shop?" Well one and only one machine running at a time. He convinced me to drag the hose around as needed. It ain't the most elegant of solutions, but it works. And he was the guy that would have been selling me all the plumbing. At this point, I would exactly the same thing again because it works and is not a very expensive solution. I do a lot of business with that store because the guy was so honest.
Use the right tool for the job.
Rich (Tilting right)
Huntington Beach, California
Remember that when we have the "BIG ONE" everything east of the Rockies falls into the ocean.