Mulch, I doin't think that was dumb you were busy, so just how bad WAS the mess. I find there is no east way to be neat if it gets that bad.
You want dumb I cleaned of the Lathe one day with the air hose and 20 min later could see the shop.
I share my shop with my furnace, so I'm kinda paranoid about dust particles in the air. When I'm doing something that might produce a lot of dust, I run the air cleaner and the sawdust collector. I don't use compressed air in there for anything but a nail gun.
You got really lucky, probably because it was planer shavings. This winter the bag on the DC hooked up to my drum sander was getting real full and I was waiting for a nice day to dump it. I go out there figuring I could sand one more board, turn the DC on and POOF!!!! the top bag blew off!!!
Talk about a mess!!!
You're not paranoid if they really are out to get you.
I was planing away on a bunch of walnut the other day, brand new bag completely empty when I started. Listening to a John Ringo novel on my MP3 player. Happened to look over at my DC bag and I was about 20 minutes away from the OP's experience......
Those bags fill up faster than a feller might think....
I make a lot of waste (at times a 55 gal bag an hour) and with the cyclone the only way I know I have gone way past the point of overfull is that the machines start kicking the waste out instead of picking it up
It is invariably the I can sneak one more piece though that does it. It won't and I end up wasting 20 minutes cleaning up the mess in the filter.
One day I am going to finish what I started and put a bin sensor on the cyclone so it will tell me to stop stupid
Joe, I have a clear hose that is my connector from the cyclone to the drum, I can see when it starts backing up, and I have a plexiglass view port that I put in on the drum lid. I go over and take a look through the view port before I start and take a look over at the drop hose 4 or 5 times during an operation cycle...especially planing. I only have a 35gal drum but I've been known to fill it up 3 or 4 times an hour if I'm doing a lot of wood prep and I have a helper. When its just me I don't move nearly that fast.
For six bucks I could have been insignificant on a popular forum. ---