Thought I'd start my own thread on my venture into Bill Pentz Land.
As many of you know, I'm currently in the process of converting from a 115v roll around DC to a 5Hp cyclone all 6" piped in with blast gates to each machine. As you may know, or can imagine, it is quite a process. The related information out there is scattered and controversial to say the least. But, I thought some may find a thread about this journey useful, as I found many more posts from those interested in doing this than those who have actually done this.
Like a lot of you, my first DC was the best 115v machine I could find. In my case, the Steel City 65200:
I soon began researching how to improve this machine as best I could, and documented my progress on the forum:
and then again:
Even after that, I put the original filter bag on the bottom to catch the chips (after the plastic bag tore), and now the suction was tremendous, possibly unmatched by any other 115v machine out there.
But, I still had to roll it around my less than spacious shop (18’x20’) and hook it up to each machine before I could do anything. And with lots of edge and drum sanding, the filter had to be cleaned regularly. So, I sold my Kreg press in order to buy cyclone parts and 6” ducting.
To be continued….