Dust Collector Upgrade (2018)

So every time I turned on my dust collector, it would put out a puff of dust that reminded me of Pig-Pen from the Peanuts cartoon. I believe it was blowing more dust back into the shop than it was keeping in the collector. Therefore, I wanted to upgrade the filter to something that would do a better job.

My dust collector is an old Delta Shopmaster model AP400. It has a 1HP motor, and the best information that I could find on it stated that it came with a 50 micron bag, which probably accounts for all of the dust that was escaping. 

I decided that I wanted to upgrade it to a cartridge filter and a plastic bag, and I found the parts that I needed on Wynn Environmental's website. I contacted Wynn Environmental to see what they recommended for my collector, and they offered me several options. I ended up going with the 35BA222NANO Cartridge Kit. This cartridge will filter down to .5 microns, which is 100 times better than my old bag, literally!

Because the cartridge was not designed to fit my collector, the folks at Wynn Environmental sent me an experimental gasket and mounting kit, in order to see how well we could retrofit the 35BA to my unit. By the way, it worked great.

So anyway, this tutorial is not so much of a step-by-step how-to. It's more of me showing pictures of the process with a short comment under each picture. (Click the pictures to see the comments.)

Here's some specific information about my upgrade:

The website for Wynn Environmental: https://wynnenv.com/

The filter kit I bought: 35BA222NANO Cartridge Kit

The parts I used for installation:

  • 1 piece of edge trim gasket to go around the rim of the collector.
  • 1 flat gasket to attach to the bottom of the cartridge.
  • 7 small pieces of carpet tape to hold the flat gasket onto the bottom of the cartridge.
  • 2 angle brackets do be mounted to the top surface of the dust collector.
  • 2 latch keepers to be mounted to the sides of the dust collector.
  • 6 screws for mounting the angle brackets and latch keepers.
  • 6 spring nuts for holding the screws into place.
  • 2 long floating gear latches for attaching the bottom of the cartridge to the latch keepers.
  • 2 short floating gear latches for attaching the bottom of the cartridge to the angle brackets.
  • 4 short floating gear latches for attaching the cartridge's top to the cartridge.
  • and a bicycle inner-tube for cutting out random small gaskets.

All of the parts that I used came from Wynn Environmental except for the carpet tape and inner-tube.

The old Delta dust collector.
The old Delta dust collector.
The top bag removed.
The top bag removed.
Knocking off the sharp edges.
Knocking off the sharp edges.
Some edge trim gasket.
Some edge trim gasket.
The edge trim gasket in place.
The edge trim gasket in place.
A close up of the edge trim gasket.
A close up of the edge trim gasket.
A large flat gasket for the bottom.
A large flat gasket for the bottom.
Some dbl-sided carpet tape placed around the rim.
Some dbl-sided carpet tape placed around the rim.
The flat gasket taped into place
The flat gasket taped into place
The filter flipped over and test fitted into place.
The filter flipped over and test fitted into place.
Using a tape measure to center the filter.
Using a tape measure to center the filter.
A view from bottom.
A view from bottom.
A view from the side.
A view from the side.
Marking the placement for the angle bracket.
Marking the placement for the angle bracket.
Drilling for the angle bracket.
Drilling for the angle bracket.
A piece of inner-tube used to make smaller gaskets.
A piece of inner-tube used to make smaller gaskets.
The outside holes were opened up with a 3/8" bit.
The outside holes were opened up with a 3/8" bit.
Getting ready to screw the bracket into place.
Getting ready to screw the bracket into place.
The two angle brackets screwed into place.
The two angle brackets screwed into place.
Marking for the latch keepers.
Marking for the latch keepers.
The latch keeper and the gear latch in place.
The latch keeper and the gear latch in place.
Inside view of the latch keeper mount.
Inside view of the latch keeper mount.
A view of all four brackets.
A view of all four brackets.
The filter in place and secured.
The filter in place and secured.
The filter top added and secured.
The filter top added and secured.
The plastic collection bag attached.
The plastic collection bag attached.
I upgraded the collector's sticker.
I upgraded the collector's sticker.
The finished upgrade with the collector turned on.
The finished upgrade with the collector turned on.
 
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