Can’t Get Bags for Your Small Dust Collector?

Here in the WoodEzine workshop we have several smaller dust collectors attached to individual machines, rather than a large central bag system. It’s not a production shop, so the volume of work is fairly light – mostly one-off custom pieces. One of the collectors needed new bags lately and when we ordered them from the manufacturer they were the wrong size. They were way too big, and we were told they would work fine and we should just bunch up the top under the strap! So, we looked for a better solution, and found one. It involved turning a layered and glued-up plywood adapter on the lathe (and that could be done with a circle-cutting jig and a router), and then installing a see-through plastic container from the big box store (under $10). The adapter is glued and caulked to the plywood lid on the container. Note the grounding wire with a clip, so it can be disconnected quickly when the bag (ok, box) needs to be emptied. The assembly is sealed with weather-sealing gasket material such as is used to winter-proof doors. And it’s snugged up to the collector and held in place with a simple cargo strap. There’s even a hinged door at the front that allows us to empty it by hand if needed. The total cost was less than an order of bags, and it’s actually easier to remove and replace than the bag with that infernal cam clip. One note – you do need to create a complete seal or there will be fines in the air. Yup, we found a small gap and had to fix it…