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shop made collection system--could this work?5/7
Hey guys, we cant afford a industrial collection system and dont want to go into debt for one. We have about 10 single bag dust collectors in the shop and i thought up an idea of elimanating the bags on each dust collector and creating one centralized unit using what we have and purchasing the hoses/duct pipes.
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Dust collection is something that pays for itself if you do it right compared to not. I can't see the performance of many small collectors scaling to the performance of a proper sized machine for your requirements. If dust collection is not working correctly or efficiently work suffers, safety and health suffers, more labor in cleanup and clogs and troubleshooting. The upfront cost spread out to the life of the collector compared to the constant additional labor a inadequate system requires makes a properly designed system the cheaper option in the long run. Haven't looked but I'm guessing there is plenty on the used market, and all the small collectors probably have some value as well.
Mike is right. With that many small collectors you are already paying for a larger unit in extra labor messing with the small ones. Good equipment doesn't cost money, it makes money.
Since we know nothing about pipe size, distance, size of blowers, or really any details at all. I vote no on it working. Pretty sure it wouldn't work if you did give all the details. Planer shavings and shaper cutters put out chips so big, they wouldn't want to be shoved through any pipe, let alone 90 degree elbows and a bunch of pipe.
Wouldn't planer/shaper shavings be broken up once they hit the first impeller?
I also do not see this working as hoped. You are already paying for a dust collector, but you don,t have it. add up your time screwing around with shavings and dust and multiply by your shop rate, for a year. I will bet lunch that the payback would be in less than two years.
Contact Oneida, provide them with a scale layout of your shop with the CFM requirements of each machine, and they will provide you with one heck of a lot of info. Great people to deal with, when you decide it is the best way to get what you need.