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Cleaning Dust Collector filter bag?

After a fun weekend with the lady friend and a project made with paduk, I noticed the 1 Micron filter bag on my Delta 50-760 DC has turned a slight redish color...

figuring I've had the unit just over two years now it's probably time to clean the bag?

I've no idea what I did with the Owners manual after assembling it, and my Google search comes up as what seems like every store under the sun trying to sell Delta products... but alas - no word on the care, maintenance, or upkeep of my machine...

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post #2 of 10 Old 01-25-2010, 07:27 PM
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2 years?

That's incredible! You'll probably suck the floor tiles off the floor now that it can breathe! I'd clean it after 10 hrs of use. More often if collecting sanding dust. The bad thing is cleaning the DC bag in the shop always creates more dust than you just collected and then there's a cloud of dust in the shop for an hour. I actually run my second DC when I clean the first one to suck up as much dust as possible. If nothing else a shop vac or run the air filtration unit. Wear a dust mask as well. bill

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I cleam mine after 4 or 5 bag's full of chips I turn it inside out and use a air hose in frount of my 36" exhaust fan I blow untell it look's clean or not much dust comming off I put it back in and good to go I didn't read the other post yet So this may have been advised I see their is a post about cleaning bag inside shop ? Why not take it outside and beat it with a piece of wood Of course down wind I live in so florida so the weather is better ? I have 2 36" fans installed in the shop for dust I don't use a broom eather Use the air hose and blow all dust and shaveing's from the router that doesn't get sucked up from the dust collector And just dust from the saw also The shop is very clean I spray lacquer and have no problum's with dust That will say how clean the shop is My 2cents

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haha at the thought of sucking up the floor tiles!

alright, so I'll probably try the "turn it inside out" and vacuum it off with the shop vac whilst wearing a dust mask" approach, then use my air nozzle to gently blow out the leftover dust.

I dont know if I'll be removing any flooring once my DC is finally clean, but the chances of me losing more pens and small handheld tools will increase!
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Whenever its time to empty the bottom bag I just beat up the outside of the upper bag a bit. This knocks much of the sawdust off the inside of the bag and it falls down into the lower bag. This method has worked for me for years and actually I've never removed the top bag even once since the day I mounted it. As sort of a disclaimer though, I don't collect any sanding dust into my DC.

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Great advice for the "baggers"

For the "cannisters" turn the crank each time after shut down. I date my filters with green tape when they were last cleaned, it helps to know when was the last time. bill

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Use a more powerful blower.

I find that taking the bag outside is the only option - doesn't really matter how cold it is. Turn the bag inside out, fire up the leaf blower, point the nozzle into the bag and get the job done in a few minutes.

Leave the leaf blower out, re-connect your bag to the dust collector and head back out to blow away any mess remaining. I always wear a respirator and I always make sure the bride isn't home - she would not like this technique.
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I asked, clean freak, LOML, "When we had that Kirby, how often did you clean the dust bag?" Her answer was, "Never did over the 10 years or so."

So I guess the question is, "Does the top filter bag really need cleaning or is beating it withb a stick once a month enough?"

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Can filter bags be washed

Will running the bags through the washer kill them?
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I bought mine in 05 and still have the manual. On pg 14 at the top regarding maintenence. There's no mention in the manual regarding the filter bag. However, I smack the bag often while its running to dislodge caked dust. I have also washed the bag twice over the yrs. Gentle cycle, low heat 30 minute in the dryer then allow air dry. To date no pilling and or obvious damage to the inside or outside of the bag.

I think it matters what type of wood your working and what type of tool you have connected. My drum sander is the majore culprit regarding fine dust particles then the BS and RT. I use the shop vac for all hand held sanders and miter saws.

This is what's written in the manual.
Periodically blow out all air parts with dry compressed air. all plastic parts should be cleaned with soft damp cloth. Never use solvents to clean plastic parts. They could possibly dissolve or otherwise damage the material.

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