2006 Tymco 600 blowing too much dust! Help!!!

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2006 Tymco 600 blowing too much dust! Help!!!

Post by DMD3 » Fri Sep 07, 2007 3:48 pm

Up until recently, our 2006 was pretty good about not kicking up that much dust. But now, it's started blowing dust real bad out of the left side, EVEN IF I'M PICKING UP MOSTLY PINESTRAW and whatnot. Come to find out, it's blowing sand back outside the leaf bleeder on the left side hose. When I close the leaf bleeder all the way, it hardly blows any. But the more I open it up, the more sand it blows more. I think it's blowing sand it's already picked up and sending it back thru. What is wrong and what do I need to do to fix it? (This morning it got SO dusty I couldn't even see my mirrors on the front hood) :shock:

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Post by Tom_in_CA » Fri Sep 14, 2007 1:43 pm

Here are some things to look into:

1) make sure your blast orifice is only about 1/4" open on your blast end (because that will push open to 1/2" when the air pressure hits it), and 1/2" on the other end. If you have it too far open in any place, this will cause imbalance in the system, and thus dust.

2) Make sure your uptake and downflow tubes are un-restricted. Even though it would seem unecessary to check the down-tubes (since no debri travels through there), you should still check it. I have seen wet mist slowly carry enough sediments, that it starts to coat the sides of the down-tubes as well, eventually causing constriction, and thus imbalance, and thus dust

3) Make sure all your tubes are fit into the sleeves where the connect. Sometimes this is deceiving, because a tube may look like it's connected well, but back behind where you can't see as well, may be sagging off the elbow hooks that it is supposed to fit into.

4) Make sure there are no rips or tears in the tubs, and that they are hose-clamped on tightly, so no air is escaping.

5) Make sure the part of the hopper where the dirt comes in, is not caked with solidified mud. I have seen where tubes may be free of jams and caking, BUT the part of the hopper where the air curls into the hopper has caked up with mud, effectively reducing and constricting the airflow, which in turn, causes dust d/t the imbalance. When checking for this one, you have to look carefully, because in poor light (or even good light), the caked debri can be so smooth, and the same color as the metal, so as to appear to be the actual metal. Ie.: it is worn so smooth and even, you may have to poke with an ice-pick to really tell if you're looking at mud cake, or the actual metal surface.

6) Make sure your screens are clean and clear. I used to not worry if perhaps 2 or 3 of the 9 panels were clogged (leave or mud or whatever), because I looked at the remaining 6 or 7 panels and figured there was still plenty of breathing room before I had to stop and hassle with cleaning them. But I soon found out that if, for example, 3 of the panels were plugged out of the 9, you have basically dropped 1/3 efficiency of balance, and thus will be more susceptible to dust. Watch also for screens that may not be fully clogged, ... like where they all have "daylight" showing through, yet the individual holes are not completely free of caking. Certain types of debri are more prone to making this happen, like asphalt crumbly stuff, or cement washout stuff, where it is sticky and adheres.

7) Don't depend on your in-tank water sprayers to hit and arrest the incoming debri. We just disconnected ours and never use it (they're a hassle always getting in the way, tips clogging, etc...). Instead, we just do this: When you start your job, fill your hopper (like with a garden hose or whatever) with about 1/4 to 1/3 of water. What will happen is that this bathtub of water sloshing around in there as you drive, will create a vapor. The in-rushing air hits that water, and makes a heavy vapor/mist, which accomplishes the same thing, if not better, than in-tank water sprayers. As you're sweeping, the water will eventually be totally absorbed into the debri, and then you can just stop and add more water, to bring the water table up to a level above your debri again. Of course, you can't fill above the level of the peak door, lest you get a lapful of water when you go to look inside :) So with this method, you'll have to dump and re-fill with water more often.

8) Make sure your flaps are good, and touching the ground all the way around, and make sure your skids are flat on the ground.

9) To test to see where your air flow is leaking, to cause imbalances: close your leaf bleeder, park on a flat spot, and turn on the system. Then walk around with a piece of paper around all the portions where air flows (tube, head, doors, etc...) putting it next to any place you suspect is a weak spot. If the paper blows away, or sucks in (blow side or vacuum side weak spot), then that means you've found a spot where air is escaping. We used this test to find out that the rubber weatherstripping wasn't working well. A cotton ball or other such light-weight test item would adhere to the seam where the peak doors close, showing us that air was being sucked in at that point, and we need to re-weather-strip that. (this is just an example, a week spot can be multiple places)

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Post by DMD3 » Tue Jan 01, 2008 10:55 am

Thanks a lot for your info. Turns out the head that sprays water in the hopper was worn out so we got it replaced.

Occasionally it will start blowing sand again from time to time, but I've found that spraying the inside of the hopper with a water hose and wetting everything down before sweeping will help. :)

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Re: 2006 Tymco 600 blowing too much dust! Help!!!

Post by amicksweeps » Mon Jan 16, 2012 8:31 am

If you're blowing sand out the pressure bleeder that means you're pulling all that sand through the blower and probably wearing the fan pretty good.

Check the dust seperator's skimmer slot (top edge of shelf when you open dust seperator cleanout door (cable operated one). If it has dirt caked up along that shelf then your dust seperator is blinded over and you're not slingind sand / dust out of it anymore.

I know it seems elementary but make sure when you drop the dust seperator door with the cable that its closing all the way. You want to see that pin in the center sticking through at least a couple inches.

Also make sure your operator is dropping that cable operated door BEFORE he closes the tailgate. If you close the tailgate the raker bar can hang up the dust seperator door's curtain and not get a good seal.

Also check the ajustable side panels on the sides of that dust sep. door. IF they get out of adjustment and aren't sitting flush on top of raker bar the air can bypass the dust seperator.

Good luck

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