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Project by Bill Berklich posted 11-01-2018 11:15 AM 4489 views 6 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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First, I HATE emptying the Shop Vac!! Dust everywhere and knocking the filter out compounds the problem. So I built this cart so everything dumps into a 14gallon drum and no dust gets to the filter. The Drum pops out and empties easily – though still some dust it is far more manageable. Here’s a link to my blog with details. http://lumberjocks.com/Bluenote38/blog/127585

-- Bill - Rochester MI





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EarlS

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#1 posted 11-01-2018 01:01 PM

Definitely something that I need to build to improve my shop vac performance and expand it’s capabilities. This makes a simple shop vac into a 2 stage DC that can be used where a big DC isn’t practical or doesn’t pull enough vacuum in a 2” hose. Great idea.

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

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ohwoodeye

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#2 posted 11-01-2018 02:36 PM

I have a similar set up. I wished I would have seen your idea of a dedicated solid pipe from the vacuum to the dust deputy before I went out and bought another expensive hose. This looks like a better & cheaper idea.
Well done.

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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Rick Dennington

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#3 posted 11-01-2018 04:22 PM

Stellar job on building the shop vac cart…..Good idea, and a lot of thought went into building this….Should make moving everything around much easier….I don’t have a dust deputy or some sort of system built, but I have an idea to go by if I ever do…..!! Thanks for posting….!!

-- " The secret to staying young looking.....hang around old people.." R.D.

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Bill Berklich

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#4 posted 11-01-2018 10:03 PM


Stellar job on building the shop vac cart…..Good idea, and a lot of thought went into building this….Should make moving everything around much easier….I don t have a dust deputy or some sort of system built, but I have an idea to go by if I ever do…..!! Thanks for posting….!!

- Rick Dennington

I really like the 20’ hose and that I can move it easily. The 3” casters are perfect for this application

-- Bill - Rochester MI

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#5 posted 11-02-2018 03:52 PM

Nice setup. You are still going to need to clean the filter in the shop vac. The fine dust will get pulled into it. To keep my filter from clogging I use a shop vac HEPA filter bag. Takes about 6 mos. to a year to fill up with really tightly packed particles depending on how much use it sees.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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Andybb

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#6 posted 11-02-2018 05:20 PM

Sorry. I got distracted before I could continue the post. When I say “fine” particles, I mean “powder”. That bag will come out of there weighing almost 20 lbs. and you’ll be amazed at how tightly packed it is. A lot of that powder is too small to get picked up by your filter so it ends up being ejected back out through the exhaust port in a form that is too small to see but it is there.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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BobSwanson

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#7 posted 01-18-2019 06:13 PM

I am currently building a simpler vertical setup and am using the hose that came with my vac between the vac and the dust deputy. So I need to decide whether to buy another standard 7 foot hose to connect to my tools or possibly a longer hose. For the DIYers who are using a similar set up in a mobile garage shop, would you recommend using a standard 7 foot hose to your tools or would you recommend something longer, maybe a 10 foot or even a 20 foot hose? And why? Thanks!

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Bill Berklich

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#8 posted 01-18-2019 06:41 PM

I’m using a 20’ hose – got tired of dragging the unit around and having it caught on one thing or another. Works fine for me.

-- Bill - Rochester MI

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BobSwanson

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#9 posted 01-20-2019 03:50 AM

Bill, do you notice any reduction in suction when using the 20’ over the standard 7’ hose? Thanks again!

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Bill Berklich

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#10 posted 01-20-2019 02:02 PM

Yes there is when compared to a straight Vac. With the 20’ hose and DD I can’t suck in rags, paint sticks, 1-2” blocks, etc, which is OK because the DD doesn’t handle that stuff. 7’ to 20’ with the DD doesn’t seem to be significant. I didn’t gauge it so this is just a guess…

-- Bill - Rochester MI

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