I am starting to look at DC for a home shop I will be outfitting later this year. Wish I could just buy the Cleaview 1800 and be done with it, but like a lot of people I do not currently have money and even if i did , I will not have the ceiling height. I'm wondering if anyone has taken Mr. Pentz's design and scaled it down (and I don't mean the deputy's of the world). He mentions on his site that the cyclones can be scaled to any size (hence the knock-offs) with the trade-off being that you can usually use a smaller motor with a larger diameter cyclone. ( see section H under http://billpentz.com/woodworking/cyc...CycloneOptions ). My idea of a solution is to make a smaller cyclone using his plans so that it will be easier to fit in my basement. I am wondering if I need a larger motor as I would usually only hook one machine up at a time. Has anyone tried this? Do the physics demand a larger motor? Can I reduce cyclone diameter (while keeping the same ratios he discusses) and still get by with a 3 or 5 hp motor?
Sorry to be long winded but what I'm asking is:
a) is it possible to reduce the size of the cyclone in a cost effective manner?
b) has anyone tried it and what were your results
Look forward to your responses
Sorry I forgot to ask: if you made it smaller you could also make it mobile and keep it closer to the machine, ie. short runs