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Offline nicemac

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Kapex Workstation
« on: May 04, 2012, 12:28 PM »
I have been wanting a Kapex (and the clean shop that I knew would follow it) for several years. I finally took the leap a few months ago and bought it. I wanted to integrate it into the shop cabinets that I was about to build, so I bought it just before cabinet construction began. I wanted to incorporate a space for Dust Extractor into my plans. I am sure that many of you have done similar things and I wasn't smart enough to join FOG first and look at other's ideas. Day one.



I wanted the Kapex to recess into my countertop so I had support on either side the saw for long material. Even though the Kapex with a CT33 extractor creates very little uncaptured dust, I knew some still got away– I had seen the Kapex in action at my Woodcraft store, and there was a pile of dust behind it. So I set out to incorporate a downdraft table under the Kapex in my design. So here is what I came up with.



I have a ClearVue Cyclone 5hp system in my shop, but even with that power, I knew the velocity had to remain high for the downdraft table to be effective. I made the area small and shallow, concentrating on the back 2/3 of the table. I decided 3" in the center, tapering to 0" at the very edge. Why did I choose these measurements? Just sounded about right…
A closeup to the internals of the tabletop. I put a standard 4" port in the bottom to facilitate connection to the cyclone.



With more of the construction complete, you can see how the plumbing connects. I have a blast gate above the countertop so I can shut off the airflow when using other tools. Notice the Dust Extractor "garage" next door. I painted inside the garage black so it would just "disappear" in the front of the white cabinets. I ran wire and put an outlet in that area so the extractor cord can remain almost totally rolled up on the back of the unit while in use. No cords running across the countertop.



I put grommets in the sidewall of the cabinet to allow for quick removal of the cord and extractor hose for use with other tools.



By this time I am able to use the saw in place to aid in constructing the cabinets and countertops that support it.



So after a little use, swapping back and forth the extractor hose to other tools, I decided that was getting old. Dust collection was good, but it was a hassle. I started playing around with connecting the Kapex to the unused port on my blast gate. I had to tinker with hose sizes, but found a premium 2-1/2" hose about 24" long gave me the volume as well as the velocity to evacuate the Kapex–and it worked even better than the CT33 extractor. I mention premium hose here because I tested several sizes and lengths and used cheap hose to test with. It simply didn't work. It would collapse when the cyclone was turned on. I arrived on this hose setup and now, I no longer have to move the hose back and forth through the (now sealed) grommet. This photo was taken after I made all of the crosscuts for my door frames. Dozens of cuts and no dust left on the table! The downdraft is picking up everything that gets past the hose. I am crosscutting almost 100% dust-free!



I used a piece of pegboard as a template to mark the holes for the downdraft tabletop. I taped it in place and misted black paint from a spray can over it. That showed up well on the white countertop. I then drilled 1/8" pilot holes, then drilled 3/8" holes and then used a countersink bit to bevel the holes–all 429 of them. Yes, 429 holes, drilled three times. That was a lot of drilling…

If I were doing this project over again, what would I change? Only one thing. I would expand the downdraft area another two inches forward on the table, maybe three rows. The dust I do see accumulating is in that area. Nothing in the back and nothing in front of that area. Otherwise, I would build it over again exactly as it is.

If you have any questions about what I did or why, feel free to ask. I will answer to the best of my ability.

« Last Edit: November 07, 2019, 03:26 PM by nicemac »

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Offline Greg Powers

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Re: Kapex Installation
« Reply #1 on: May 04, 2012, 12:44 PM »
Very nice set up, but the 400 plus holes, three times each, that's a lot of work...
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Offline barnowl

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Re: Kapex Installation
« Reply #2 on: May 04, 2012, 12:54 PM »
Very nicely done.

Now cut a couple of T-tracks into your bench, and them mount the Incra Track and stop.





Mine is set up like this:

best wishes,

Steve

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Offline bwiele

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Re: Kapex Workstation
« Reply #3 on: May 06, 2012, 11:51 AM »
nicemac,

You should change your call sign to nicekapexworkstation!

Sorry to admit it, but I'm going to plagiarize some of your ideas bud.  I'll acknowledge your with a plaque of some sort!

Brian

Offline nicemac

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Re: Kapex Workstation
« Reply #4 on: May 07, 2012, 07:59 AM »
Thanks Brian. Feel free to plagiarize away!

Offline ictusbrucks

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Re: Kapex Workstation
« Reply #5 on: May 07, 2012, 12:59 PM »
Interesting. As chance would have it, I am in the middle of making a kapex workstation right now as well.  I had a slightly different approach to the DC tho... My under cabinet holds a 5hp ridgid shopvac, and I have one of those big gulp dust hoods off to one side just behind the blade, going to the hf 2hp thein/Wynn modded DC... I

 was planning to use the space above the shopvac and under the kapex as a blade drawer for kapex and TS blades..... But now you have me considering your idea. I am wondering why you decided on downdraft instead of an inlet closer to the back of the blade (where I noticed most escaping dust). But if your tests are as good as you say, I might consider trying it. 

Offline nicemac

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Re: Kapex Workstation
« Reply #6 on: May 07, 2012, 01:43 PM »
I tried every conceivable contraption behind the blade, including a two-piece hood with two 4" hoses running to it. I just could not get anything close enough (without interfering with saw function) to make a difference. It just didn't help. The downdraft does not interfere with anything and does an excellent job. This setup lets me cut very clean.

After reading Bill Pentz's writings a few years ago, I got serious about getting the dust out of my shop. This setup goes a long way in accomplishing that.

http://billpentz.com/woodworking/cyclone/index.cfm

I have friends who scratch their heads when I say I want better dust collection than a Kapex and a Festool dust extractor are capable of. They just don't get it. The folks at my local Woodcraft don't understand that when I say I want dust collection, I want it all collected. Out front on the sales floor, they tout how clean the Kapex cuts. But behind the Kapex in their classroom is a big pile of sawdust. Around every tool in their classroom is a big pile of dust. I showed them pictures of my setup and told them how clean it really is. They shrugged. There have to be more people out there who want to cut really clean…
« Last Edit: May 08, 2012, 08:16 AM by nicemac »

Offline ictusbrucks

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Re: Kapex Workstation
« Reply #7 on: May 07, 2012, 02:50 PM »
hey I am with ya.... when I make cuts on my TS55, I use my CT36 vac, but I also I set up the shopvac using a clamp onto the end of guard rail.... this perfectly captures the dust that likes to fly out at the end of a cut.


thanks for the info. I might just ditch the shopvac idea alltogether and bring both the large and small line from the 2hp DC... then maybe I can fit the blade drawer I wanted and a downdraft table.


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Re: Kapex Workstation
« Reply #8 on: May 07, 2012, 04:28 PM »
Nice  set up. Like the clean neat install. Downdraft looks great, but that is a lot of drilling. I wonder how it would work out to use Domino slots instead of drilled holes?

I need to redo the miter saw wall in my shop and get the Kapex installed semi permanent.  Your design is pretty close to what I need.   [thumbs up]


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Re: Kapex Workstation
« Reply #9 on: May 07, 2012, 11:29 PM »
Great set-up!  Very well thought out and it looks like it works very well.  I agree with you on the dust -- I like cutting clean too.  Sounds like your solution really works well.

Scot

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Re: Kapex Workstation
« Reply #10 on: May 08, 2012, 10:40 AM »
one more question for ya... what is that clear plastic Y fitting you have both hoses coming off of?? Is that some sort of manifold you bought, or is it just shopmade? 

Offline nicemac

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Re: Kapex Workstation
« Reply #11 on: May 08, 2012, 11:04 AM »
That is a 6" to two 4" transition from ClearVue Cyclones. I mounted a blast gate directly above it and that shuts off botch ports simultaneously.

http://www.clearvuecyclones.com/supporting-products/39-6-to-4-transition.html

http://www.clearvuecyclones.com/supporting-products/38-blast-gate-6.html


Offline ictusbrucks

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Re: Kapex Workstation
« Reply #12 on: June 23, 2012, 03:29 PM »
My cabinet construction is a bit simpleton compared to yours, but here is my take on your great concept.



Instead of the pegboard holes I used some 2.5" and 3" holes. I drew an outline of the kapex footprint, and concentrated the holes where the kapex base wasn't.  Then I just sandwiched some 1/4" wire mesh between a layer of 1/2" ply underneath.   Picture isn't great but I also gave a little rounding to the front of the cabinet since in the past I have tended to jab myself in the kidneys with miter saw handles...



Upgrading my DC at the moment (got a cracked body CV cyclone, sigh), so haven't really gotten to put the downdraft to the test yet.  Just using the ct36 so far.
But the fence and kregstops I put on the left have been working out really nicely.



Full 6" port. I am planning on running a 4" hose into the cabinet on either side, which will Wye into the 6" port.

Also before I put the downdraft into commission I should probably use something other than duct tape for the angled sides :)   Also want to route a roundover into the port to make it a mini bellmouth. I can picture that helping alot.
« Last Edit: June 23, 2012, 03:33 PM by ictusbrucks »

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Re: Kapex Workstation
« Reply #13 on: June 24, 2012, 12:39 AM »
Very cool!  Love the designs of these work stations.  Your mesh idea is great, especially when you get it hooked up to your central collection.  Great catch for all those small parts that would undoubtedly end up in the hole.  How do you like your Kreg fence and stop?

Scot

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Re: Kapex Workstation
« Reply #14 on: June 24, 2012, 12:02 PM »
Yea the mesh keeps most small screws and things like that from falling in which is nice. I initially tried some window screen material I had lying around, but it was just way too restrictive for wood chips to get through. I've only briefly tested this mesh using my incredibly underpowered HF2hp DC (using a long 4" flex hose to make it worse), so I wasn't able to feel much suction, but it got everything that went near holes still.  Can't wait until I get a new cyclone body to get it installed as I have almost everything else ready.

I put some T-track on top of the cabinet to the left of the saw and used T-nuts in there going through the back part of my "fence" secured with T-knobs. In this way, I can adjust the fence a bit, and slide it forward if I ever add a subfence to the kapex. The T track also lets me slide the fence all the way back to the wall if I ever need to desperately get more countertop space for any reason. So far love the stop, it has proved useful many times. Even when cutting smaller parts than the distance from stop to blade it can still be used with a spacer (aka, piece of scrap).



The awkward space I have to the sides of the kapex cabinet will eventually have the 4" hoses in the back, and then I'll be adding some small shelves for cutoffs to fill the space so hopefully it looks a bit less Frankenstein when all is done.  Also I have a door to put on it eventually too.  Oh yea and you might notice my wood central inspired acrylic table saw blade guard is also ready to go into commission soon. Almost all of it was made with the kapex and the compound miters came out dead on.
« Last Edit: June 24, 2012, 12:05 PM by ictusbrucks »

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Re: Kapex Workstation
« Reply #15 on: June 24, 2012, 05:48 PM »
Nice setup!  I think I would have used the LR32 with my OF1010 to drill the holes.  If you have the router, I think that's just a little over $1/ hole to get the LR32 setup.  [big grin]
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Offline dschmid4

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Re: Kapex Workstation
« Reply #16 on: August 13, 2013, 04:01 PM »
Nicemac,
I absolutely love your setup.  do you have any sketches with dims of your Kapex cabinet?

Offline shotgunn

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Re: Kapex Workstation
« Reply #17 on: October 11, 2013, 08:04 PM »
I just bought my beloved Kapex this week. I have the UG stand and L/R extensions for site work. I'm using them in the shop as well for now. This is exactly what I've been thinking about. Except the downdraft. I never thought of that.

I too share your passion for a supremely clean cut. The Kapex captures dust better than any other SCMS I've ever seen or used. The downdraft solution can only further improve. I'll surely incorporate that in my design.

I'm very glad I searched here for a thread like this. Good job man!!! Thanx for posting!!! Yoink! (That's me stealing this idea for my shop)

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Re: Kapex Workstation
« Reply #18 on: October 12, 2013, 12:59 AM »
This is one of the best workstation threads I have seen with the Kapex.  If I ever get to a point where I can permanently mount the saw, this is a thread I will turn to for some inspiration.

Scot

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Re: Kapex Workstation
« Reply #19 on: May 22, 2016, 06:41 AM »
My cabinet construction is a bit simpleton compared to yours, but here is my take on your great concept.

I'm trying to get around to starting my MFT and KAPEX workstations and have been reviewing my old notes. I've found quite a few images I'd saved at the time, so where I can, I'm trying to add them back in to the threads where the photos were previously lost.

Hope someone finds this useful and that it's OK with the original authors.

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Re: Kapex Workstation
« Reply #20 on: August 24, 2017, 09:21 PM »
My cabinet construction is a bit simpleton compared to yours, but here is my take on your great concept.

I'm trying to get around to starting my MFT and KAPEX workstations and have been reviewing my old notes. I've found quite a few images I'd saved at the time, so where I can, I'm trying to add them back in to the threads where the photos were previously lost.

Hope someone finds this useful and that it's OK with the original authors.


GarryMartin ,
How does your set up work out?  Does it grab all the dust?  Trying to decide whether or not to bite the bullet and just drill the mini-holes.

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Re: Kapex Workstation
« Reply #21 on: August 25, 2017, 12:13 AM »
@GarryMartin

You are da bomb mate

to the OP man thats a nice set up

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Re: Kapex Workstation
« Reply #22 on: August 25, 2017, 04:20 AM »
GarryMartin ,
How does your set up work out?  Does it grab all the dust?  Trying to decide whether or not to bite the bullet and just drill the mini-holes.

It's not my set up - I just added some photos back in to the thread. The Kapex station is by @nicemac

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Re: Kapex Workstation
« Reply #23 on: August 25, 2017, 03:06 PM »
GarryMartin ,
How does your set up work out?  Does it grab all the dust?  Trying to decide whether or not to bite the bullet and just drill the mini-holes.

It's not my set up - I just added some photos back in to the thread. The Kapex station is by @nicemac
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Re: Kapex Workstation
« Reply #24 on: January 03, 2019, 09:11 PM »
Took this pic tonight without cleaning up… I would not change a thing since my original design!

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Re: Kapex Workstation
« Reply #25 on: January 03, 2019, 09:13 PM »
one more question for ya... what is that clear plastic Y fitting you have both hoses coming off of?? Is that some sort of manifold you bought, or is it just shopmade?
I bought these from Clearvue cyclones.

Offline ryanjg117

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Re: Kapex Workstation
« Reply #26 on: January 06, 2019, 03:58 AM »
So the downdraft table is connected to your main DC, but the Kapex is connected to your Rigid shopvac? Just trying to understand. I'm in the middle of designing my own Kapex miter saw station and I like the idea of the downdraft table, but I want it to be something my Fein turbo can gobble up rather than turning on my big 5hp central cyclone every time I need to make a three second cut.

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Re: Kapex Workstation
« Reply #27 on: January 06, 2019, 05:18 PM »
@nicemac
Hi. Thank you for posting this, very timely for me as well. Very nice station and cabinets!!

I am in the middle of doing much the same with Kapex. Currently using a Oneida Dust Cobra on the Kapex port and other smaller tools...was pondering running a line of my 2HP larger cyclone dust collector and using both collectors when using the Kapex...not sure I have enough suction from the 2HP for the downdraft table though...

Also as another member stated are you concerned about cycling your large dust collector for a couple second cut on Kapex...I have always been under the impression the larger collectors are designed for more continuous use with the likes of jointers/planers ect...then again folks use them on table saws....just a thought.

It appears in your last picture you might have installed a tee track to the left of your saw....if so is that for a stop of some sort...I'm trying to decide on a stop system as well...was thinking about something like a tee track running the length of left table, or 2 tracks running back to front so fence can be slid back when not needed, or boards not straight.

Thanks again for you post and the pictures...very nice build!
Greg

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Re: Kapex Workstation
« Reply #28 on: January 06, 2019, 06:30 PM »
 Thank you for the kind words.  I installed a remote for my dust collector and mounted it on the manifold  just to the left of the machine.   I routinely use it just for a single cut, even if it’s only for a few seconds. I’ve been doing it for years. I see no harm in doing that.  I have the five hp  power Clearvue cyclone with a big impeller, and don’t feel like you could get away with a much smaller system to thoroughly clean the area around the Kapex.   That downdraft table requires a lot of suction. 
 Yes, I installed a T track to the left of the saw just for consistent repetitive cuts. I debated doing it on both sides, and saw no real value but bought the track  in case I needed it. I never installed it, and gave it to a friend.  I’ve never felt like I needed a sliding fence, I just use the fence on the Kapex itself.

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Re: Kapex Workstation
« Reply #29 on: January 06, 2019, 06:49 PM »
Hi. Thank you for your reply.
Yes have both my collectors on remotes as well...I have a woodworking vest with lots of pockets I carry them in... otherwise I loose the remotes, tape measures, pencils...ect...lol

Good to hear the quick cycles have not been a problem with your cyclone, also suspect it will depend on the quality of the machine which in your case is not a concern.

I wondered if it might require more than 2HP for the downdraft design...didn't think I'd have enough suction for that option, I'll have to look for a different solution...

What are you using for a stop with your t track?
 I purchased the Kreg setup some time ago, with both stops....when I said sliding fence, I more meant sliding it back out of the way on t tracks behind kapex fence.  I have a six foot table to left of saw, and seems like lots of folks keep a fence in line with Kapex fence....works fine unless you are cutting something not straight yet....hence I like your idea, or the ability to move the kreg fence back a bit but still be able to use the stops. I have not installed on new miter station yet...still pondering....lol
Thanks again for sharing your ideas.
Greg

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Re: Kapex Workstation
« Reply #30 on: January 07, 2019, 02:20 AM »
Good to hear the quick cycles have not been a problem with your cyclone, also suspect it will depend on the quality of the machine which in your case is not a concern.

I think it has less to do with the quality of the machine/motor and more with the size of the motor... I recall that large motors should be run a minimum of 5-10 minutes, but I can't seem to find the source.

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Re: Kapex Workstation
« Reply #31 on: January 07, 2019, 03:44 AM »
@nicemac

I am in the middle of doing much the same with Kapex. Currently using a Oneida Dust Cobra on the Kapex port and other smaller tools...

How does a Dust Cobra perform on the Kapex, do you see any improvement over a Festool CT or shopvac?
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Re: Kapex Workstation
« Reply #32 on: January 07, 2019, 08:54 AM »

What are you using for a stop with your t track?
 I purchased the Kreg setup some time ago, with both stops....when I said sliding fence, I more meant sliding it back out of the way on t tracks behind kapex fence.  I have a six foot table to left of saw, and seems like lots of folks keep a fence in line with Kapex fence....works fine unless you are cutting something not straight yet....hence I like your idea, or the ability to move the kreg fence back a bit but still be able to use the stops. I have not installed on new miter station yet...still pondering....lol
Thanks again for sharing your ideas.
Greg

I use one of these two, depending on the circumstance:
https://www.incra.com/jig_fixture-build-it_system-brackets.html
https://www.incra.com/jig_fixture-build-it_system-clamp.html
I keep the bracket sitting beside the track at all times, and that is my go-to. Occasionally, I will use the clamp, with a small piece of scrap, if the stop needs to be in that no-man's lad between the end of the track and the area that can be reached by the Festool clamp on the saw.


I think it has less to do with the quality of the machine/motor and more with the size of the motor... I recall that large motors should be run a minimum of 5-10 minutes, but I can't seem to find the source.
Never heard that one. I cannot think of any scenario where a motor would need to be run for a specified minimum time. I DO leave it running 5-10 seconds after a cut to clear the sawdust from the plumbing.

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Re: Kapex Workstation
« Reply #33 on: January 07, 2019, 05:50 PM »
Good to hear the quick cycles have not been a problem with your cyclone, also suspect it will depend on the quality of the machine which in your case is not a concern.

I think it has less to do with the quality of the machine/motor and more with the size of the motor... I recall that large motors should be run a minimum of 5-10 minutes, but I can't seem to find the source.

I know that my well pump manufacturer says that I should have enough storage capacity in the system so that the pump motor runs for 1 full minute at a minimum.
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Re: Kapex Workstation
« Reply #34 on: January 07, 2019, 07:57 PM »
thanks for the info nicemac...looks like a good setup for repeatable cuts, and keeps your table surface flat for putting stuff on....lol...

jonathan-m - I'd say it collects a bit more than my CT36, but it also has almost twice the suction. Still small amount of debris on table ect hence my interest in this thread...I'd like to think it's collecting more of the dust..but no way to measure that...I'm of the opinion the small chunks of leftover debris is not what hurts your lungs, just the dust...which the cobra achieves. It's also nice as you can hook up a small piping system to other tools due to the extra cfm. I have pipe running over to the corner of my cutting table so hose comes from ceiling. In process of adding drops back to my drill press, and my table top ridgid sander as well. I've been really happy with Cobra, it's well made, only slightly louder than CT36 and no where near the screaming sound of my shopvac...Hepa filter and a pulse arm to reverse flow to clean filter....very nice unit.

I have a small table saw at end of cutting table as well that I use for narrow cuts..mostly melamine. Having the festool hose right there hooked up to piping also allows me to double up on dust collection on table saw...big dust collector for undercabinet collection and festool hose for collecting above blade. I have a "temp" type pipe for overhead collection on table saw...works ok not great....was just in process of placing order for shark gaurd, but I heard the sharkgaurd owner (Lee) passed away during the holidays...have not made inquiry yet out of respect for his family at this time.....
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Re: Kapex Workstation
« Reply #35 on: January 07, 2019, 10:47 PM »
Good to hear the quick cycles have not been a problem with your cyclone, also suspect it will depend on the quality of the machine which in your case is not a concern.

I think it has less to do with the quality of the machine/motor and more with the size of the motor... I recall that large motors should be run a minimum of 5-10 minutes, but I can't seem to find the source.

I think that is generally applicable to high-inertia / slow to spin up motors. The starting current inrush doesn't taper off until the motor comes up to speed so there can be quite a lot of heating during startups. Dust collectors fall into this category due to the mass of the impeller. A motor made for frequent starts with a high inertia load will be physical larger with heavier windings and may also have provision for forced air cooling - since a fan on the motor shaft is not at full efficiency as the motor is coming up to speed. Strange what one remembers from the depths of bygone careers - in my case an industrial electrician working on big cranes and 4000 HP car shredders... I think Bill Pentz also mentions it somewhere on his web site.

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Re: Kapex Workstation
« Reply #36 on: February 07, 2023, 12:20 PM »
UPDATE: I know this is a super old thread, but after 11 years of use, I still would not change anything about this design. It has truly stood the test of time.

I built a game table for my oldest son for Christmas and had some dust after I finished the crosscuts. WTH?  :o Turns out, I had a blast gate open across the shop. Even with a 4" hole across the shop, this setup still captured most (not all) of the dust. That is probably more of a testament to the ClearVue cyclone than my setup, but the combo works well together.


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Re: Kapex Workstation
« Reply #37 on: February 07, 2023, 02:47 PM »
Pictures or it stopped happening  [big grin]
Well Dogey

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Re: Kapex Workstation
« Reply #38 on: February 09, 2023, 09:20 AM »
UPDATE: I know this is a super old thread, but after 11 years of use, I still would not change anything about this design. It has truly stood the test of time.

I built a game table for my oldest son for Christmas and had some dust after I finished the crosscuts. WTH?  :o Turns out, I had a blast gate open across the shop. Even with a 4" hole across the shop, this setup :) still captured most (not all) of the dust. That is probably more of a testament to the ClearVue cyclone than my setup, but the combo works well together.

Thread is old but contains valuable information and is an excellent contribution to FOG.  I have had a Kapex and the mobile stand/wings for about a decade.  All three have served me well and the portability is great.  After a couple more projects it will be mostly used in the shop so I am planning to build a permanent miter station with cabinets.  I will make at least one adjustment in my build.  I will “drill” all the holes for the downdraft on the CNC :)