Blast Gates - Woodworking Talk - Woodworkers Forum
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 8 Old 02-28-2019, 11:52 AM Thread Starter
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2019
Posts: 25
View SteveKoz's Photo Album My Photos
Blast Gates

I'm currently piecing out my new DC system. Up to blast gates now. I've seen blast gates from under $2 to over $15 for 4" manual gates. PVC to Aluminum. Can I get recommendations which ones you all use or which ones to stay away from? Thanks! Appreciate the help..
SteveKoz is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 8 Old 02-28-2019, 02:47 PM
djg
Senior Something
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Posts: 1,019
View djg's Photo Album My Photos
I've got the aluminum ones from Woodcraft I think. When I downsized my system, I installed a set (Al) from Rockler I think. They were part of an automatic system. I don't know anything about the plastic ones, though. They maybe alright, too. Before I downsized, I was going to make my own 6" BG out of wood to isolate zones. That's a way to go also.
djg is offline  
post #3 of 8 Old 02-28-2019, 07:02 PM Thread Starter
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2019
Posts: 25
View SteveKoz's Photo Album My Photos
Quote:
Originally Posted by djg View Post
I've got the aluminum ones from Woodcraft I think. When I downsized my system, I installed a set (Al) from Rockler I think. They were part of an automatic system. I don't know anything about the plastic ones, though. They maybe alright, too. Before I downsized, I was going to make my own 6" BG out of wood to isolate zones. That's a way to go also.
Thanks. Went to their website and found there is a Woodcraft store not too far from me. It's worth a trip to see them in person.
SteveKoz is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #4 of 8 Old 02-28-2019, 07:03 PM Thread Starter
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2019
Posts: 25
View SteveKoz's Photo Album My Photos
Thanks. Went to their website and found there is a Woodcraft store not too far from me. It's worth a trip to see them in person.
SteveKoz is offline  
post #5 of 8 Old 02-28-2019, 08:18 PM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2016
Posts: 581
View Terry Q's Photo Album My Photos
I have several plastic blast gates from Rockler. I canít recommend them. They are prone to clogging the gate tracks, making it difficult to close completely even when you are careful on how you mount them. Iíve also had a couple break over the years.


In woodworking there is always more then one way to accomplish something.
Terry Q is online now  
post #6 of 8 Old 03-01-2019, 07:36 AM Thread Starter
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2019
Posts: 25
View SteveKoz's Photo Album My Photos
Quote:
Originally Posted by Terry Q View Post
I have several plastic blast gates from Rockler. I canít recommend them. They are prone to clogging the gate tracks, making it difficult to close completely even when you are careful on how you mount them. Iíve also had a couple break over the years.


In woodworking there is always more then one way to accomplish something.
Thanks Terry.. Can you share which ones you are using now? Or with that teaser have you come up with a different way of blocking off the unused lines?
SteveKoz is offline  
post #7 of 8 Old 03-01-2019, 11:14 AM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2016
Posts: 581
View Terry Q's Photo Album My Photos
Quote:
Originally Posted by SteveKoz View Post
Thanks Terry.. Can you share which ones you are using now? Or with that teaser have you come up with a different way of blocking off the unused lines?


I bought extra plastic gates when I bought them so I replaced the broken ones with the same things. I bought some metal blast gates but Iíve been holding off installing them until I move tools around and have to reroute the duct system.

I have two main branches and gates to seven pieces of equipment.

I forgot to mention, some of the Rockler plastic gates tend to self close partly when using them, but it may be because I have them paired to a 5 hp dust collection motor.

If anyone would like a good deal on a bunch of Rockler 2 inch dust collection parts Iíll be happy to inventory it and send it out. I started with a two inch system for my shop vac but it didnít take long to realize two inch doesnít cut it for long runs. I probably have enough parts for two small workshops.


In woodworking there is always more then one way to accomplish something.
Terry Q is online now  
post #8 of 8 Old 04-16-2019, 04:44 PM
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2019
Posts: 1
View bommerts's Photo Album My Photos
New to the forum and wanted to share......

I bought the black plastic gates from harbor freight for $3/ea, and I open/close them with DC actuators, a 3D printed arm, a switch, and a 19V power supply.

-Gates: https://www.harborfreight.com/4-inch...rol-97497.html
-Actuators: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01IWMEBSO
-I'm using an old 19v laptop power supply to power the actuators.
-I 3D designed and printed a control arm to open/close the actuators, pic attached.

I'll try to post some pics of the finished product. It works OK, needs some improvement to more fully snap open and closed.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	arm.jpg
Views:	12
Size:	147.5 KB
ID:	374431  

Click image for larger version

Name:	assembly1.jpg
Views:	13
Size:	181.7 KB
ID:	374433  


Last edited by bommerts; 04-16-2019 at 04:57 PM.
bommerts is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Woodworking Talk - Woodworkers Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Rockler Dust Separator Components jmc6h Dust Collection 10 02-10-2017 09:44 AM
How to make dog gates for a yacht? debergeracdesign Design & Plans 1 01-27-2017 08:21 PM
2 1/2" blast gates PeteT82 Dust Collection 7 01-04-2017 11:46 AM
Dust collector remote control? / blast gates ChuckBarnett Dust Collection 19 12-18-2016 09:27 AM
Position of a Blast Gate Geppetto14 Dust Collection 6 01-05-2016 02:15 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome