Thanks for the heads up on this, Iíve been thinking about this dust collector since you first mentioned it. I just donít have any room left in my garage. I do have a cyclone set up on wheels I move to wherever itís needed. Just this last day I been watching videos on dyi dust collection.
Iím currently working on a plan for a new garage plus shop out back to start building late summer/early autumn time frame. And I want a little room off the back for a setup like youíve got going.
It doesnít look like you have a cyclone separator or am I missing it?
Iíll just keep using what I have for now and when I get the bigger shop I will upgrade. What a great day that will be for me.
Thanks for the tip.
Wow, a full size shop! I sure wish I could manage that. I don't have a cyclone, instead the 30 gallon fiber drum in the foreground has two right angle spouts, set up to cause a cyclone effect in the barrel. What makes it work outside is a Rockler through the wall, 4 inch tube. That connects to the 26 ft hose inside, which I move from tool to tool.
If I were doing this over, I'd probably pop for the $180 larger cyclone, set in the middle of the same drum. But this works very well. Very little sawdust gets past the separator drum, and heavier fragments and hardware never make it past-no pings on the impeller. The electrical switch is inside for on/off. The space it's in is about 12 feet long and is open on each end. Only an extraordinarly strong wind will blow rain in. It is far less noisy and the shop no longer has that dusty feel. And I can barely hear it running.
I'm posting a couple of extra pictures of the setup, the cut away of the chip separator, and the connection to the through the wall port, which is connected on the other side to the long hose. EVERY tool has some sort of 4 inch port, all Rockler brand by the way, most brands are NOT interchangable.
I share this info because I tried to make my own system, which never quite worked, and spent much more than the cost of the HF unit and drum. I ordered the drums from U-line, by the way. They have a locking, sealing, metal top. When they fill up, you start getting more sawdust in the DC's clear bag.