Stop adding cyclones to your under-powered dust collector!Vote
If you're a proud owner of a single-stage dust collector in your workshop, or plan to buy one, and are considering the idea of outfitting it with a cyclone collection system, then wait. Watch this video first before making that decision. It's not a short video but I want to provide my experience with cyclone collection/separation solutions, in an unrehearsed, and straight from the heart, candid message explaining the trials and the potential risks in using them.
This video is focused toward small shops, moonlighters, and weekend woodworkers using basic dust collectors that aren't designed, nor powered enough, for a cyclone separator. Two-Stage cyclone solutions serve perfectly well in larger shops when the system is engineered and sold as a complete solution.
NOTE: I mistakenly described my manifold setup. It consists of four "Y" connectors, not "T" connectors and has 2 long-throw 90 degree connectors because 45 degree connector pairs would not fit the tight space below the workbench area it is running through.
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