"Bucket Head" Vacuum

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Review by FJPetruso posted 02-13-2011 09:57 PM 17753 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I found this Bucket Head Vacuum on display at Home Depot a while back & decided to give it a try. Heck… It’s only 20 bucks & uses an ordinary 5 gallon plastic bucket for collection of dust & chips. (I just happen to have acquired a couple of plastic buckets that have the same rim dimensions but hold about 7-1/2 gsllons & are several inches taller.) There’s no doubt that it’s a cheap vacuum but it works well. The filter is a simple pouch over the suction side of the vacuum motor in the bucket held on with a large rubber band. Both easily replaceable. The vacuum has a hose about 1-1/4” in diameter & 4 feet long & no accessories. But that’s OK. All I want it for is a vacuum to put with a woodworking tool that I don’t want to run my dust collector to. It’s cheaper to buy this set-up than it is to run 4” hose, blast gates & adapters! I plan on purchasing one or two more for the same reason. If you only have a small hobby shop or just want to keep the better half from griping at you for using her good vacuum for shop work & for only $20 & easy set-up… I gave it four stars because when you consider the price & what it’s used for… It does the job great!

-- Frank, Florissant, Missouri "The New Show-Me Woodshop"

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#1 posted 02-14-2011 03:10 AM

Is there any way to upgrade the filtration in this thing?

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#2 posted 02-14-2011 04:01 AM

I was going to make another filter bag out of an old cloth dust collector bag. I suppose you could take measurements & try & match a pleated paper style filter & adapt it.

-- Frank, Florissant, Missouri "The New Show-Me Woodshop"

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#3 posted 02-14-2011 05:50 AM

I crapped out one of these within a month using it for a small downdraft box
Hope yours holds out better

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#4 posted 02-19-2011 07:48 AM

I understand it not having a long life span….its $20bucks….how loud are they? do they scream like a shopvac or did we get lucky and have little noise with little suction….I am thinking about using one on a portable chopsaw…I have a battery op dewalt vac on it now…..Id like it back in my truck were it was purchased for!

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#5 posted 02-19-2011 09:42 PM

It doesn’t make as much noise as my craftsman shop vac, but it’s close to the same noise level. But it’s easy to set up & like you said… It’s $20 bucks!

-- Frank, Florissant, Missouri "The New Show-Me Woodshop"

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