Yet another chip separator

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Project by revanson11 posted 03-25-2012 10:21 PM 4463 views 10 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In my unending efforts to have an environmentally friendly shop (clean air) I decided that it was finally time to look at replacing my 25 year old Sears shop vac. Sears stopped making filters for this unit a couple of years after I got it so since then I just take the filter outside and bang it against a tree to knock the dust out of it. Not a good idea to use this unit as it tended to expel some of the dust into the shop. I didn’t want to get a new shop vac until I got around to making a chip separator but could never decide what to use as a bucket. I wanted to have something that had more capacity than a 5 or 6 gallon bucket. Well, when the old shop vac gave up its life I realized that I had a perfect bucket so to speak. Here I have a 16 gallon container that has a nice edge that is easy to make a top for that is fairly air tight and has castors. So it looks like I can now get a new Ridgid shop vac to pair up with my new chip separator.

-- Randy, Central MN

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#1 posted 03-25-2012 10:41 PM

Oh, NEAT !

Very nicely, and tidily, done !

-- -- Neil

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#2 posted 03-25-2012 10:56 PM

Well done !
How old is that vac ? : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#3 posted 03-25-2012 10:59 PM

Now that’s using your Noggin and what you have available on hand. Great job!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#4 posted 03-26-2012 01:05 AM

Well, you now have a new one, great job

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#5 posted 03-26-2012 01:16 AM

Good build. You’ll love that Ridgid shop vac. I put a panty hose ‘pre-filter over the paper filter and I just tap the shop vac on the floor and the dust falls off and save having to open the vac.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#6 posted 03-26-2012 01:19 AM

I just mentioned the panty hose to my wife and she say’s she has some for me to use since she no longer does.

-- Randy, Central MN

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#7 posted 03-26-2012 02:50 AM

Tie the legs in a knot and thencut them off. The elastic waistband holds it on very well.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#8 posted 03-26-2012 07:59 PM

I took the filter out of my Shop Vac with the Dust Deputy on it. I will run the hose attached to the exhaust outside shortly.

-- Craig

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#9 posted 03-26-2012 08:59 PM

Great idea!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#10 posted 03-27-2012 02:39 PM

Bump head “Wow I coulda had a V8.” I got an old shop vac that is too obsolete and has been sitting around just waiting till I decided to throw it away. Incidentally I am a pack rat from way back. A trait handed down for generations. Though it has tapered sides I think I can adapt it as you did.

Thanks for the idea.

-- Dewayne in Bainbridge, Ga. - - No one can make you mad. Only you decide when you get mad - -

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#11 posted 03-30-2012 02:24 PM

Thanks for the idea, I’ll have to remember this, for when my shop-vac dies. It’s identical to yours, but it still works! 8-)

-- dust control

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