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Look at what turned up on my doorstep today.

It was a cheap as chips (which probably means that it will be pants).
It's a Variolux 550watt model and it makes a good noise, has quite a suck on it as well.

If anyone has any tips or tricks for one of these I'm all ears.
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Hi Titus:

One tip: Consider adding a separator before the blower. (Either a cyclone separator or a Phil Thien separator.) The separator will help protect the impeller by stopping the chips and other larger pieces.

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http://www.cgallery.com/jpthien/cy.htm <-- Phil Thien Separator

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Sweet! These really are essential for the shop. My only recommendation is to upgrade to the canister filter. The cloth bags get too dirty too fast and are a pain to clean. The canister filters can be a bit pricey but are well worth the investment. I got the one here and I love the cleaning handle. Bumps all the dust from the inside of the filter back into the bag.

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Sweet, Titus!

My opinion: +1 on Deb's "cartridge filter" and Cassandra's "separator", for different reasons.

For the filter, check the bag on top's filter rating. Bag filters can run 10 to 30 micron or more while cartridge filters today are often rated to 1-2 microns. The more of those fines you *don't* breathe, the better!

I have a Jet and plan to add a separator (probably a 30 gallon wastebasket-type) in front of its suction. When I use the jointer or especially the planer, I can watch it fill. For me, at least, it's a nuisance thing. I've emptied my bag on a Friday afternoon and had it half-full by Sunday evening.

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Hi Titus

I'm not a bit fan of the cartridge filter. to me it's more price hipe,,but I'm a big fan of the pre filter cans,,the cloth bags are rated 10 to 30 micron but as you use the cloth bag the small holes will get smaller and the micron rating will change..not to say anything about the price of the cartridge type
, if you use the air blow gun like I do in the shop you will airborne more saw / router dust, than will every get out of the cloth bag at one time.

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You must do a heck of a cleaning job before I visit.
I've never seen a speck of dust in your shop.

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Hi Mike

hahahahaha the next time you stop by I will get you on your hands and knees, then you can have a peek under the equipment that's where I keep it most of the time along with the tons of dog hair ,that I hate

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The bags are available in 1 micron. Don't know if it is available to fit your unit though. I have a Delta with a 1 micron bag & it works pretty good.

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Thank you all for the tips.
I will look into the separator option.
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Hi Titus:

One tip: Consider adding a separator before the blower. (Either a cyclone separator or a Phil Thien separator.) The separator will help protect the impeller by stopping the chips and other larger pieces.

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http://www.routerforums.com/tools-wo...w-cyclone.html <-- Cyclone Separator (my second post in this thread)

The Thien Cyclone Separator Lid w/ the Thien Cyclone Separator Baffle <-- Phil Thien Separator

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Hi Cassandra:

I have the LeeValley equivalent but have since looked at Phil's equivalent and your's. The LeeVally is pretty simple but effective. The only directionality is a slight scoop on the intake side and an angle for the vacuum connection in the middle. There are not other baffles or other convolutions on the inside. Now, I note that Phil's has a baffle and I note that your's has an Archimedes screw. Is there some advantage of your screw configuration? I've determined that Phil's offers no advantage and I'm curious about your's.

Titus:

If you have a 24" box fan, get a furnace filter tape it to the intake side of the fan and you have a dust filter for all of the fine stuff that doesn't get sucked up by the big job. I use a separator before a standard shop vacuum and for airborne dust I use the box fan and furnace filter. Now, if I could just do something about dust from the road!

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