I had an informative conversation with a person at the Connecticut-based company Air Handling Systems, which specializes in parts and design for dust collection systems. That conversation led me to reconsider the set up I was establishing for my dust collection system, and as a result I moved the cyclone tower and bag house to the opposite side of my shop space. This new position allows for a straight piping run immediately into the cyclone, which reduces the possibility for turbulence in the air flow. It also cuts down on a few of the more expensive large size fittings i would have required otherwise.
I’ve now connected the cyclone and bag house together, and have made inroads on the 3-phase wiring for the blower motor. I thought I’d share a few pics:
This is my relocated planing beam and my saw rack is also in a new spot:
I’ll probably expand the bench and storage arrangement in that area as well. Trying to keep a fairly clear open area for hand work and assembly despite all the rearranging and added equipment.
It is looking like I’ll have to drop another $900 or so to get all the pipe and fittings I need to complete the system, which is a bit more than I was imagining it would be, however the system was so inexpensive to begin with that I’m still ahead, it would seem, on the deal. I’m going with industrial grade spiral reinforced duct piping and all metal fittings and will be able to re-use about 50% of the piping and fittings that came with the package. The duct work design is complete and I will likely place the order for the fittings tomorrow.
Thanks for visiting. My shop is in a bit of flux at the moment but in another week or so I should be able to start working wood again. I might have a new (used) machine by this weekend to add to the mix.
The next post on this topic is entitled “This Just sucks!“.