When I built the dust collection system in my new shop I added an extension with blast gate especially for a floor sweep. However over two years later I still hadn’t built it, and as can been seen in my previous videos, there was usually a pile a dust next to the collector as I would brush everything there.
For my previous shop I had also built a sweep, which had greatly impacted the cleanliness of the shop. But that model was designed to fit around a pole and wasn’t usable in the new shop. I had also learned from the first model that the sweep can often get obstructed at tube level. On that model I could take out the tube from the top and remove the obstruction. In this model I incorporated an inspection door as there was no room for a flexible tube on top.
The area next to this RL160 dust collector is taken up by the exit of the dust collection system, so I looked no further for the ideal place for the floor sweep, this way the space is used efficiently and I can reach the controls of the collector. My previous sweep was far away from the collector so I had to “cheat” by starting the nearest machine in order to trigger the dust collector.
this time I did my best to keep the design as simple as possible, but still streamlined. The basic box only has 5 parts, then you have the door and bottom plate. This plate was not initially planned but it seemed like a good idea to cut the bottom at 45 degrees and add a thin plate (trespa) that would improve the air flow.
Above you can see the inspection door opened, it’s held by a magnet. The sweep is also screwed into the wall to make the whole set up rigid.
Below are quoted views from the parts, and you can also download the free sketchup model on the plans page or on the button below.Download
The sweep is made with 12mm thick (or almost 1/4 inch) panels, except for the top plate which is 18mm thick (almost 3/4 inch)