Cheap little cyclone.

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Project by jetwhoop posted 06-15-2016 02:16 PM 1794 views 5 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My quick and cheap cyclone works great, but of course the bucket needs reinforced, I will probably just cut a few rings to fit on the inside. Definitely makes a huge difference in keeping the filter clean. Now I just need to make a rolling cart for it.

parts used: just 5 gal bucket, cut (2) 1/4” scrap plywood with jig saw and sandwiched the lid, used silicone and bolted the cyclone to the lid, very simple, but efficient.

I don’t really condone buying cheap stuff from China VS Dust Deputy…, but I could have gotten 3 of these ( for same or less than 1 DD cyclone. Anyways for those thinking about making a cyclone for shop vac, whatever brand, it is well worth it for a small shop without larger dust collections options, I thought about it when I should have just done it already. This cost a little over $15.

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#1 posted 06-15-2016 04:22 PM

Nice job. Woodsmith has a free plan for a rolling cart that also carries the vac. I built it for mine and it works pretty good. Only issue for me is the small wheels get hung up on cords.

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#2 posted 06-15-2016 09:35 PM

One thing you can do to keep the bucket from getting sucked in is to put some notches in your vac wand so it never gets completely closed off.
And be on the look out for one of those 7 gal. pool buckets they really work great and have a screw on lid.

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#3 posted 06-16-2016 01:10 AM


Thanks for providing the link. I just ordered one for myself. I have been wanting to build a Thien Baffle, but haven’t build one yet owing to my laziness. So until I build one, this one will do.

htl: what is a good source for the 7 Gal buckets?

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