Dust Collector Idiosyncrasies II – 360w360 E.169

D_C_2In this episode of 360 with 360WoodWorking, the 360 guys talk about even more dust collector oddities.

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8 thoughts on “Dust Collector Idiosyncrasies II – 360w360 E.169

  1. When I got the 15″ planer I hade a custom bag made for my old Penn State 1.5 HP collector. The top bag is sized to handle all the air flow. On the bottom is a skirt sized to fit a 20 gallon metal trashcan. I put a 42Ga 3mil bag in the can. The oversized bag is easy to pull out and close up.
    The setup sucks great. The only problem is knowing when the can is full. Still working on that.

  2. My system is on wheels and has a metal trash can that I roll out and empty into a heavy plastic bag occasionally.
    The upper canister filter gets tapped with a stick and the dust falls into the lower can.
    Once in a great while the whole system gets rolled out and blown out with the leaf blower.
    If it would provide a tips for the 360 members, I can send in a picture of what I’ve done.
    Maybe to the FB page.

    Dust Collector Setup


    1. If you send the pic to me, I’ll put it right into your comment.

  3. My local woodworking tool/machine store guy gave me this tip several years ago, even though it meant he wouldn’t be selling me more of the clear manufacturer’s bags. Place a 33 gallon leaf/garbage bag inside of the clear bag and attach it the same way to the prongs. It has basically the same diameter and other dimensions, so it fits extremely well. True, it is not clear so you have to check periodically by pushing on the outside of the bag so you avoid overfilling (only 2/3 of the way up the upper bag?-I’m disappointed with you, Glen) but it makes it disposable and you get the benefits of the extra strength of the original bag, which gets reused. And unless you do overfill, it is a markedly cleaner procedure for you than just the one bag. My present clear bag is about four years old. And I spray compressed air through the upper cloth bag first in order to dislodge as much of the dust up there prior to opening the seal of the lower bags.

  4. At the KCWG shop, we use the extra heavy weight contractor bags from the BORG on the Grizzly dual canister systems. Yes, the bags are a larger diameter but the key is to get some magnets. As you pull the bag around, make a fold and put the magnet over the fold. This holds the bag on while you wrangle the metal belt back into place.

    Works pretty well until somebody accidentally pokes a hole in the bag…

    While the dust collector is running…

    Ever watch somebody eat a bunch of saltine crackers and then try to whistle?

    1. You’re not speaking from first-hand experience on either the hole in the bag or the whistling, are you?

      1. Not really. But I have had the pleasure of somebody turning on the system while I was trying to re-install a bag.

  5. Oneida, Super Dust Gorilla.

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