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Title: Making a Compact Blower
Post by: TROPHeTRACKER on September 25, 2011, 10:49:22 PM
We have put together a manual on how to build a couple different compact blowers.  You may also recognize these as power blasters, air power dryer, or some other similar name.

It it much too large to file dump here so we will refer you to our website.  Click the globe and visit our HOW TO section.  This is our first publication since our time has been devoted to completing Studio12 our latest taxidermy software application.

Thank you for visiting and hope you enjoy.
Title: Re: Making a Compact Blower (pic added)
Post by: TROPHeTRACKER on September 27, 2011, 07:09:42 PM
Have a little time to add a picture in here for those that are interested.  This is the one considered as the "Professional" model, which will cost you a little $ to complete.  There is another design considered the "Free" model, which is pretty much what it cost to build.

We don't sell any of these products or parts.  

They are for the DIY "hands-on" people.  We just did all the trail and error and put together the handbook to share.  Periodically, we will be adding more fun stuff we designed and created...stay tuned!

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Title: Re: Making a Compact Blower
Post by: TROPHeTRACKER on November 24, 2012, 09:49:43 PM
The Power: First thing you will need is a few supplies. The majority of what you require can be found in the upright vacuum. Just donít rip yours apart because there are many sources in which to obtain a FREE older carpet vacuum. First ask around to friends or family, and if that fails you can search for one at garage sales or trash day. Iíll admit I picked this one up on trash night coming home from work. They say that one manís trash is another's treasure.
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Title: Re: Making a Compact Blower
Post by: TROPHeTRACKER on November 24, 2012, 09:53:23 PM
Strip Down
Tear down the entire vacuum and look to keep the vacuum motor, the on/off switch, the vacuum hose, and electrical cord. First we will start with the motor after having stripped down the machine. Motor sizes may vary depending on model and although I have never heard of this product ďGALAXYĒ it worked when I plugged it in so that is enough to begin the tear down. Hereís the motor.

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Now, notice the stem shaft sticking up from the motor? Some vacuum motors have this and others donít. It drives the belt, but there is also ten-sion from the belt. Long story short, I have heard that if this shaft gets bent at any time the motor will wind like crazy and blow apart. I donít know how true that is, but sounds like something Iím not willing to chance?
So letís cut this off for security and self-assurance reasons. Safety is paramount and why risk any potential dangers?
Title: Re: Making a Compact Blower
Post by: TROPHeTRACKER on November 24, 2012, 09:58:32 PM
Iím fortunate to have the dremel tool and I think another alternative would be a hacksaw (metal blade), but this just zips it off very quick.
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Now finish (polish) it off. This step may not be necessary, but I like to make things nice. I used a palm sander with 80 grit paper. You could use a steel file.
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Title: Re: Making a Compact Blower
Post by: TROPHeTRACKER on November 24, 2012, 10:08:40 PM
After it looks picture perfect and takes away the worry of the bent shaft.
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Title: Re: Making a Compact Blower
Post by: TROPHeTRACKER on November 24, 2012, 10:11:27 PM
The Body Canister
Again something simple and free from the bulk food section. We had some bulk nacho cheese dip and I kept the can after feeding the party. Notice the width. Motors vary in diameter with most being 5.75Ē. This particular motor was approximately 5.5Ē, but Iíll show you later how to fit smaller motors to large cans.
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Looks to be around 6.25Ē and that will work just fine.
Title: Re: Making a Compact Blower
Post by: TROPHeTRACKER on November 24, 2012, 10:15:44 PM
Letís get this ready for paint because steel will rust over time, especially in taxidermy shops where heavy solvents and chemicals float through the air. I sprayed with some automotive primer I had on the shelf. Finished it off with a white appliance paint for the top coat.
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Then went back to work on the other parts obtained from the original vacuum.

I cut the electrical cord down to 7í. You may want to go longer or even shorter all depending on what is your preference or distance to electrical outlet.
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Title: Re: Making a Compact Blower
Post by: TROPHeTRACKER on November 24, 2012, 10:19:30 PM
The Hose
Next cut the vacuum hose (or donít?). I cut this hose at 4í and would recommend 6í because you can always cut it down later. This is non-crushable hose, but I really donít care for it because of its inferior flexibil-ity...but it was FREE.
Note: The hose unscrews from the couplings.
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Here is the coupling that was connected to the vacuum. Notice the threads.
Title: Re: Making a Compact Blower
Post by: TROPHeTRACKER on November 24, 2012, 10:25:27 PM
Now turn the coupling into a nozzle. Cut off what is not needed and try to retain a cone shape. The tighter the cone, the more forced air you will get (but you donít want it too small or it will burn up your motor). I used a jigsaw to cut this down.
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Then I followed up with the palm sander to smooth and shape the remaining edge.
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The finished product. This angle was a better choice than a straight or 90 degree cut.
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Title: Re: Making a Compact Blower
Post by: TROPHeTRACKER on November 24, 2012, 10:32:14 PM
OTHER COUPLING
You will have another coupling on the hose. Detach that coupling and prepare the can to receive this coupling. Find the center and mark it.
I did measure this, really I did.
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Used a 1.5Ē metal 'circle' drill bit as pictured to the left.
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Thatís it. Now ready.
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Title: Re: Making a Compact Blower
Post by: TROPHeTRACKER on November 24, 2012, 10:34:20 PM
The test fit is perfect and snug.
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Title: Re: Making a Compact Blower
Post by: TROPHeTRACKER on November 24, 2012, 10:36:41 PM
My next step was to prepare the handle. I had this aluminum handle that I acquired at a farrier shop. I know?...what the heck is a farrier shop? Well, they supply things for people that care about horses. I think they use this to make hand combs or something? Anyway, you can get a plastic or metal handle from any local hardware if you canít find one.

Apply zinc chromate primer to aluminum if you want it to last. Non-ferrous metals do not accept paints well and will flake or if you do not protect aluminum it will ďrustĒ not like steel but will be pitted with heavy white residual.
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Title: Re: Making a Compact Blower
Post by: TROPHeTRACKER on November 24, 2012, 10:39:04 PM
I top-coated with a deep rich black appliance epoxy paint. That should last long enough.
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Title: Re: Making a Compact Blower
Post by: TROPHeTRACKER on November 24, 2012, 10:45:12 PM
THE SWITCH
Turning my attention to the switch. Hereís what I got FREE with the GALAXY vacuum, yeah.
Before unplugging any electrical proxies, make sure you label them (the wires) to ease placing back together if you are not electrically savvy.
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Place the switch on the can where you intend to cut. Sketch an outline of the part.
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Finish the outline where you will make the cut out.
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Title: Re: Making a Compact Blower
Post by: TROPHeTRACKER on November 24, 2012, 10:48:56 PM
I used a carbide bit on the dremel. If you have never used this bit, be careful and start in the middle. It rips fast and can get away from you fairly quickly.
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Mine worked nice and the fit is very snug.
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Title: Re: Making a Compact Blower
Post by: TROPHeTRACKER on November 24, 2012, 10:54:11 PM
Okay, I went out and bought a few things at the hardware; silicone, Loc-tite, and a few screws.

Premium, clear, waterproof, 100% silicone
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I got the BLUE Loctite which means you can remove the screw later in life with a little effort. RED Loctite is forever to stay.
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Apply to acorn nuts used on top handle.
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Title: Re: Making a Compact Blower
Post by: TROPHeTRACKER on November 24, 2012, 10:59:48 PM
Apply silicone to handle. Flat meets round equals wobble. The silicone will help resolve this issue.
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Hit the coupling with silicone all the way around.
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Donít forget the on/off toggle switch.
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Then generously coat the inside after you installed all the fittings to the can and let it dry for an hour or more.
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Title: Re: Making a Compact Blower
Post by: TROPHeTRACKER on November 24, 2012, 11:01:08 PM
Close up of the handle with the acorn nuts installed.
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Title: Re: Making a Compact Blower
Post by: TROPHeTRACKER on November 24, 2012, 11:06:12 PM
THE LEGS
To stabilize the can we use furniture cabinet handles as the feet. These can be purchased super cheap (under $1 each) just look for the ones they want to get rid of (close-outs).
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Cut the screw down using the dremel or hacksaw.
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Drill a hole in the can, apply the Loctite, and screw together. It will screw together very tight. Repeat for all 4 legs.
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Title: Re: Making a Compact Blower
Post by: TROPHeTRACKER on November 24, 2012, 11:11:43 PM
SECURE THE COUPLING:
About now your silicone is probably dry. Mix up bondo, fiberglass resin.
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Mix to consistency of runny peanut butter, and add hardeners.
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Chuck in the bondo with a spoon and float out the resin-bondo up on the coupling. Float out the bondo until it touches the walls. You are form- freezing the coupling so it will not move in the future.
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As this is setting up. Turn your attention to connecting the electrical cord and hook the wires back up. The wires all connect the same way they did when you pulled it apart, so label them if you are inexperienced with how a switch works.

Test the motor after you reconnect all the wires.
Note: Hold the motor with your foot before turning it on to keep it from jumping or moving.
Title: Re: Making a Compact Blower
Post by: TROPHeTRACKER on November 24, 2012, 11:19:31 PM
INSERTING MOTOR
Remember the sizing difference in diameter I explained earlier?
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You will make up this difference by wrapping electrical tape around the motor where my finger is. I used exactly one roll.

This is what it looks like after the wrap.
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Now, you have a choice. Either wrap it with the cord or cut it after you wrap, insert the cord, and wrap a few times to secure the cord. We chose to cut after but recommend wrapping it along the way.
Used the dremel cut-off tool again. The electrical tape will pull apart quick.
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Lay the cord in the cut. Wrap a few more times with electrical tape to se-cure the cord.
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The fit is very snug. Tap into can lightly with rub-ber mallet. NOTE: Do not bend the fin-plate. If it is too tight, take some of the tape off.
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Title: Re: Making a Compact Blower
Post by: TROPHeTRACKER on November 24, 2012, 11:25:08 PM
Press further into can with your fingers. You want to leave a minimum of 1/4Ē for the filter to fit nicely.
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Cut and place a screen over the opening. No need for a finger to get caught in the fan blower anytime down the road.
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Apply more silicone to seal in the motor, screen guard, and cord.
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Smooth the silicone with your finger and allow to dry overnight before turning the blower on.
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Title: Re: Making a Compact Blower
Post by: TROPHeTRACKER on November 24, 2012, 11:32:01 PM
FINAL TOUCH
We made our own filter. We took a piece of scotch-brite pad and cut it to size.
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The final product is a very powerful compact blower that will fit nicely for storage and dry whatever you need in a fraction of the time it takes with other methods. Best of all it can be built 90% from scrap waste!
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I have used this to dry bird plummage, hunting boots, kids shoes, the motorcycle, whatever comes to mind you will go grab this thing to use.
Title: Re: Making a Compact Blower
Post by: backcountrychad on December 03, 2012, 11:57:20 AM
That has got to be one of the coolest tutorials to date!
Title: Re: Making a Compact Blower
Post by: El Bigoton on December 06, 2012, 09:29:13 PM
Wow, that is one project I will have to try!  Thanks T-Tracker
Title: Re: Making a Compact Blower
Post by: Jared Adams on December 07, 2012, 12:59:02 PM
I Pm'd you earlier about this!!  Thank you very much, this will give me a fun little project to do and get rid of an old vacuum at the same time ;)  thanks again
Title: Re: Making a Compact Blower
Post by: boarzhead on December 20, 2012, 08:24:39 PM
Great Job.
Title: Re: Making a Compact Blower
Post by: boarzhead on December 20, 2012, 08:35:15 PM
Cant find globe to goto website. I went to your trophy tracker site but no how to. Oh by the way you will be hearing from me to place order for software. Excellent work. Thank you  Jay
Title: Re: Making a Compact Blower
Post by: TROPHeTRACKER on December 26, 2012, 08:52:54 AM
If you would like a copy of this manual which includes the "professional" model build, PM or email us at:
[email protected]

We will send you the build manual which is not on the website at the moment.

Thanks, and have fun with your project.
Title: Re: Making a Compact Blower
Post by: caveman90 on March 02, 2013, 07:08:20 PM
Marking for a great project, if only someone would do this for a quality shaving wheel!  :)

Thanks
Title: Re: Making a Compact Blower
Post by: Stef on March 02, 2013, 09:29:07 PM
Maybe , i m stupid buy , what is the difference between that and a shopvac .. ?
Title: Re: Making a Compact Blower
Post by: TROPHeTRACKER on September 24, 2013, 08:54:54 PM
I'd say the key differences between this and a shop vac are:

1.portability
2.When you use a shopvac if it has dust inside the compartment that will end up blowing out on what you are drying (no filter going out, only sucking in).
3.  I think this is more powerful than a shopvac, and a shopvac cost $100 verse maybe the $5 you have in this.

Title: Re: Making a Compact Blower
Post by: Wyatt Oakley on August 12, 2017, 07:09:02 AM
Built one of these  the other day,  can't get over how powerful it is......  sure beats the heck out of using a hair dryer on bobcats,  cut my drying time by over 1/2!!!!!!!!! THANKS for a great tool at a minimal cost......