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one dust collector or two1/27
we're in need of an upgrade to our dust collector. right now, we have a 5hp cyclone and have more machines than it can effectively handle. we only need a 7.5hp machine to handle the machines and usage we presently have.
i'm looking at upgrading to a 10hp machine. this is more than we need right now, but has some capacity to grow as our needs increase (hopefully, they will). or we get another 5hp or smaller machine and separate our dust collection piping, running some machines off one collector and the others off another collector.
I have three collectors and like it. I run a small shop, but the I like it because there is not as much pipe in the air
We run a few different size collectors, the little 1hp ones work great on stuff like a pocket screw cutter or a dowel inserter..
A 2hp is hooked up to the edgebander and works just fine. 2hp on the hinge press as well..
We run 6 collectors ranging from 25hp to 5 hp, saves electricity
I have known large and small shops with more than one collector eventually move to just one collector. Once they figure in the cost it took to deal with what was collected, they moved away from multiples. One large shop put in about 12 small collectors. The noise alone was enough to make them rethink the decision.
In my own situation, I once had a bag collector, but lusted after a nice central collector - that I thought I could not afford. One day, after changing that d*^m plastic bag on the collector for about the third time, taking it outside and dumping it in the trailer, I sat down and did some math.
I found that the time dealing with the output was adding up to enough time - enough dollars - away from real production that I had already paid for the collector I needed, but I did not have it.
I ordered a new system the next day.
i understand what you are saying and i'm well over emptying drums.
do you have a air lock? i've seen a couple of used air lock systems but i'm not sure that would benefit our operation with an indoor system. we give away our bags for free and store them outside.
I have set up seven systems from 1200 s/f shop to 16,000 s/f. I used Oneida for the small ones, and Honeyville for the larger ones.
The best had an airlock that dropped the dust into a dumpster that was then moved outside for pick-up once a week.
Another type blew all the shavings into a grain type farm silo that would then be conveyed out by screw conveyor.
The small shop I'm in now has a 4' x 4' x 8' room that the shavings are dropped into below the cyclone. Does not need an airlock, but this is an engineered system. The air is then returned into the shop via filter socks so we have no pressure differentials, and do not loose the heated or cooled air in the shop. Fan and cyclone are all above the shavings room, on isolators, and insulated, so you can talk in the shop when the collector is on. An access door on the outside allows unloading the room right into a pick-up, or trailer or whatever. The on/off is on a remote switch near the planer. By far the nicest system I have ever utilized.
A valued employee hauls all the dust for his gardens and landscaping, so I never see it.