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Making a Compact Blower

Discussion in 'Tutorials' started by TROPHeTRACKER, Sep 25, 2011.

  1. TROPHeTRACKER

    TROPHeTRACKER Studio12v - Taxidermy Small Business Software

    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.
     
  2. TROPHeTRACKER

    TROPHeTRACKER Studio12v - Taxidermy Small Business Software

    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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  3. TROPHeTRACKER

    TROPHeTRACKER Studio12v - Taxidermy Small Business Software

    Press further into can with your fingers. You want to leave a minimum of 1/4” 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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  4. TROPHeTRACKER

    TROPHeTRACKER Studio12v - Taxidermy Small Business Software

    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.
     
  5. backcountrychad

    backcountrychad Active Member

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    That has got to be one of the coolest tutorials to date!
     
  6. Wow, that is one project I will have to try! Thanks T-Tracker
     
  7. 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
     
  8. boarzhead

    boarzhead God created man... Samuel Colt made them equal!

    Great Job.
     
  9. boarzhead

    boarzhead God created man... Samuel Colt made them equal!

    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
     
  10. TROPHeTRACKER

    TROPHeTRACKER Studio12v - Taxidermy Small Business Software

    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.
     
  11. caveman90

    caveman90 New Member

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    Marking for a great project, if only someone would do this for a quality shaving wheel! :)

    Thanks
     
  12. Maybe , i m stupid buy , what is the difference between that and a shopvac .. ?
     
  13. TROPHeTRACKER

    TROPHeTRACKER Studio12v - Taxidermy Small Business Software

    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.
     
  14. woakley144

    woakley144 Active Member

    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......