Reduce micro-plastic & dust when shredding
Minimise micro-plastic and dust with this simple shredder upgrade! This simple hack also helps when it comes time to clean your shredder for colour or material changes.
You'll need the following components for this project:
• 20L Bucket
• Cyclone Dust Collector
• Funnel —
Step 1 - The Vacuum
We went with a backpack vacuum - our small workshop is a shared space, so we need something that is fairly compact and quiet, yet powerful. As our vacuum needs to run for long periods of time, we also felt it was best to opt for one that's built for commercial use.
Direct link to our vacuum of choice: https://sydneytools.com.au/product/bayer-bp45l-1200w-hi-powered-4-5l-tank-dry-backpack-vacuum
Step 2 - The Bucket
Additionally, a round bucket tends to work better than a square container for this purpose.
Step 3 - Dust Cyclone
The cyclone will include a cutting template and instructions, along with nuts/bolts and connection pieces. We picked one up from eBay for around $40AUD: https://bit.ly/3iKR4e6
If you're keen to save some cash or prefer a DIY option, check out this tutorial: https://bit.ly/33FxUSP
Step 4 - The Funnel
You can use something purpose built, 3D printed, or a D Square grate and plumbing pipe.
Something like this certainly does the job: www.timbecon.com.au/dust-extractor-hood-large-big-gulp
Step 5 - Connect all the bits!
• Place the template (included with cyclone) in the middle of the lid
• Mark and drill the bolt holes
• Mark and cut centre hole
• Connect the cyclone using the nuts and bolts provided (see images in Step 3)
• Connect the funnel directly below the shredder sieve. We used a connected a D Square grate, some left over plumbing pipe and cut a whole in the cap (see image in Step 4)
• Cut the vacuum pipe in half
• Using one half of the cut vacuum pipe, connect the top outlet of the cyclone to the vacuum
• Connect the side inlet of the cyclone to the funnel beneath your shredder
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