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replacing dust collector bottom bags with barrels6/20
Would like to replace the bottom bags on my dust collector with barrels for easy emptying. Has anyone done this? Will it effect the performance of the collector? Any suggestions for making the transition from the dust collector to the barrel? This is a 3 hp collector dedicated to my sliding tablesaw. Thanks!
What are the bottom bags now? Are they plastic or filter cloth? If they are plastic then there won't be any issues. If they are filter material then you may have to increase the filter area on the top bags to maintain the CFM levels.
They are currently cloth bags. Make perfect sense to increase the top bag size. Thanks!
American fabric filter is a supporter of this site. They did a set of custom bags for me long ago. They can help with the bag and the transition to the barrel.
+1 American fabric filter.
I've always used barrels. They are a lot easier to handle than bags. I got my barrels from a food processing plant (a creamery). The great thing about them is that they are translucent and you can see through them well enough to see how full they are.
I did get fabric transitions from AFF to connect the barrels to the dc.
Great information. Thanks to all!
Depending on what goes into the barrel they can get really heavy! Dumping them isn't much fun either.
I once had a P-Matic dust collector - filter bag above, plastic bag below. I could fill the plastic bag in 20 minutes if I was planing wood. Some days could get 4-5 bags. Pick 0 to 5 of them up and haul them out the door, every day.
I aded up the time I spent handling those damn bags, and reconnecting the empties, and eating all the dust in between, and realized I was spending a lot of money to handle shavings. This was time I could be doing something more billable. Think about 15 mins a day, 1-1/4 hrs a week, 65 hours a year. Multiply that by your hourly rate, and you will see, as I did, that you are paying for a first rate system, but you do not, and will never have one until you realize where your costs are and do the math.
When I ran the numbers, I called Oneida the next day.
I wanted better collection, and I wanted a large storage container that would empty once a week, or once a month. I built a small room on to the side of the shop, put the fan and motor in the top of the room, and 128 c/f of air tight dust storage, with access only from the outside, at p/u truck height. Life is sweet.