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Of Tool Cabinets, Chewing Gum and Sealng Wax #9: Other projects – Evolution of a Shop Vac cart

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Blog entry by Bill Berklich posted 10-29-2018 05:46 PM 3119 reads 4 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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And… I built a Dust Deputy based Shop Vac Cart. Like everyone I started with 1, 2, 3 Shop vacs. And like everyone I found they were great for general vacuuming but filled/clogged fast. I just HATED emptying these and knocking out the filter because invariable dust ended up everywhere. So reading through lots posts and articles (and being cheap) I tried the PVC pipe and bucket idea. It worked pretty well for big stuff but the fine dust still clogged the filter and frankly it was a pain to use – especially to empty.

So – again more reading an ended up with a mini Dust Deputy ($150) stuck on a 5 gal pail ($3). The Dust Deputy definitely separated out way more of the fine dust. But it was still a pain to drag around and especially to empty. Disconnecting and then peeling the lid off was almost as much of a chore as popping the lid on the Vac.

Looking for a better way I found several on Youtube but almost all invariably suffered from the same “Peel the top off the 5 gal bucket” issue. Then I stumbled on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QOfMXvn6A0Y&list=PLwhFxZoH1KHU-n-r39ISBAyvObmNf_WW3 Check it out. Great idea.

My cart generally follows his design concept using ¾” Plywood for all the components. The trick to the design is using the toggle clamps which lift the table the bucket sits on then compressing the seal at the top of the bucket. Slick design – just pop the toggles and slide out the bucket.

Adding my own modifications I built the system and … it sucked. Mostly because the 5 gal pail was just too small. When I’m actually working I make far too much dust and chips and over run the pail in a very short time. Oh, and the pail would collapse if anything clogged the pick-up nozzle. That led me to swap the 5 Gal pail for an Eagle 14 gallon drum ($34 and free shipping).

Here are some pic of the design details:

-- Bill - Rochester MI



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EarlS

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#1 posted 10-29-2018 05:56 PM

While I have a Laguna CFlux 1.5, the shop vac gets used A LOT. This is some serious food for thought on improving the shop vac performance. Interesting idea to set up a shop vac like a 2 stage DC. I’m not a big fan of having to empty the Shop Vac filter any more often than I have to. The worst part of the process is all of the fine dust on the filter. Plus, reusable filters, even though they last longer, are still not cheap.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#2 posted 10-29-2018 06:23 PM



While I have a Laguna CFlux 1.5, the shop vac gets used A LOT. This is some serious food for thought on improving the shop vac performance. Interesting idea to set up a shop vac like a 2 stage DC. I m not a big fan of having to empty the Shop Vac filter any more often than I have to. The worst part of the process is all of the fine dust on the filter. Plus, reusable filters, even though they last longer, are still not cheap.

- EarlS

Ditto Earl -I hate all the dust floating around. I do have a Jet 1100C and a Delta air fliter in the basement but most of my stationary tools are (of course) in the Garage. This actually works way better than I thought. The system is well sealed and when I kick it on there is enough suction to lift the barrel and 7 lbs of dust a 1/16th of an inch off the table. Only thing I don’t like about the DD is that small light paper and curls will get jammed up near the top so I have to not suck up everything :-)

-- Bill - Rochester MI

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#3 posted 11-01-2018 06:55 PM

Dust is a huge PIA, but if you cut, route, or sand wood, ignoring it is putting your head in the sand. I, like you, have a smaller dust buster, and like you, use a separator to get most of the junk.

I have Fein vac, and have been using a Rockler dust right separator I must say I bought mine on a special promotion for 59 bux, 40 bux more and I would have looked at a full cyclone, rather than an abbreviated one. I can sand drywall, and get all the dust into the can. and the filter stays clean, which seriously impressed me.

I have several things I’m currently working on, but I want to marry them to a roll around, so they go together easier than they do now. Both items are wheeled, but it is a minor dog and pony show moving them around.

I also have 2 Dust Collectors which I use tool to tool, and want to get them unified better than they are. Thing is there are so many wonderful plans, and ideas about how to do that I am having analysis paralysis trying to figure out which way to go.

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