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Old 12-07-2010, 08:02 PM   #1
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Anyone Use This?: 5 Gal Bucket Dust Separator For Shop Vac Based Dust Collection


In the past I've used just a plain shop vac on the job as dust collection, but the dust ends up clogging the filter so quickly that it loses power and becomes ineffective until you take it outside and knock the dust loose. Then one day I saw a cyclonic separator and thought, "How have I not seen these before!?" Seems like a functional one would really cut down on clogged filters, leaving only the separator's chamber to dump (much easier than cleaning a filter!).

Here's the one I'm looking at: http://www.dynamitetoolco.com/Produc..._7cWOO_d_W2049

For the price, I'm really thinking this is a must-have tool, but I'd like to see if anyone's used this model and to hear what you think of it. I'm thinking it's more useful when I've set up shop in someone's home / garage and I can keep my dust confined to a minimum area around my saw that can be vacuumed quickly at the end of the day. 5 Gal is a low capacity, but even if I'm running rips on a table saw, that'd be 10 solid minutes of rips before filling that thing up I'd wager. Also, the 30 gal model is inconvenient because I don't want to have to haul a 30 gal metal trash can to every job site just for dust collection. That, and it's based off of 4" hoses, not the 2-1/2" for the small one, so I'd need adapters.

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You will still get the small particles that clog the filters and bag but you will fill them up a lot slower with larger bits. I am filling one festool ct33 bag a day at the moment. I guess if I had the dust deputy I would be maybe 1-2 bags a week.

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Here's one I've been using from Rockler, it works very well with my Festool vacs.

http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?page=22062
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Here's one I've been using from Rockler, it works very well with my Festool vacs.

http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?page=22062
I saw that one. Only problem I saw was a review talking about how fragile the plastic was. Seems like I'd get more capacity out of my bucket though.
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You will still get the small particles that clog the filters and bag but you will fill them up a lot slower with larger bits. I am filling one festool ct33 bag a day at the moment. I guess if I had the dust deputy I would be maybe 1-2 bags a week.
I heard that you can get a lot of the finer dust by putting some water in the bottom of your shop vac. Myth?
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I heard that you can get a lot of the finer dust by putting some water in the bottom of your shop vac. Myth?
Possibly, if you modified the inlet tube to be below the water line this would be true, just having water in the bottom of the vacuum isn't going to cut it.
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Depends what vac it is. Not many can run bags and have water in them. Dustless technologies make one where you can do this and the dust does clump up in the bag and stops most of it getting to the pre filter. If your ever using a dry vac it should really always be used with a bag because the filter will block up in no time at all. The bag is your first stage of filtration.
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I don't think I've heard one bad thing about the DD, always one of those things I meant to buy.

I still have my poor-mans DD....made from a 3" ABS Y, toilet flange, 5 gallon pail, and a roll of vapour tape and electrical tape. But it works!



Do yourself a favor and put a bag in your shop-vac, your suction will drop off far slower. Not to mention change your filter way less often.

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