Ash Vac Attachment (Sawdust intermediate collector ?)

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Review by Don Johnson posted 10-09-2011 01:00 PM 14221 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I obtained this product from ALDI, and I appreciate that they may not have outlets all over the world, but for UK (and German ?) LJs, looking for a cheap and cheerful dust collector to go before a domestic vacuum cleaner, at £14.99 this could be a useful accessory.

The ports are simply positioned vertically in the top, so there is probably little cyclone effect, and the system depends on the included Herpa filter to prevent ‘nasties’ getting to the driving vacuum cleaner. But at the price, it could be a good starting point for modifying with an internal baffle, or external cyclone, as the can has a good neoprene lid seal and toggle closures.

As to whether it does ‘what it says on the tin’ it cannot be faulted, and would deserve 5 stars, but for woodworking purposes it is rather small so it gets only 4 from me. I would add that the pipe sizes are too small for use with a planer/thicknesser (/jointer/planer) since even if it could deal with the large flow of chips, it would fill very quickly.

-- Don, Somerset UK,

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#1 posted 10-09-2011 01:27 PM

Looks good, but as you say rather small capacity.
You might want to use your influence and have a chat with James Dyson who lives quite near to you. Perhaps he could design a woodworking unit that works better than the ones currently available. Could be a good seller.

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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#2 posted 10-09-2011 02:19 PM

Roger, I think you over-estimate my standing in the local community :-) but anyway, I think perhaps that the economies of scale in the woodworking market would not be large enough for Mr Dyson’s interest to be piqued!

-- Don, Somerset UK,

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#3 posted 10-10-2011 07:44 AM

thank´s for the rewiew Don :-)
I have thought of one of those ach units myself as a maybee idea
on top of a bigger trashcan using a funnel inside and 90 degree albow like Steliarts project
we can get them in DIY stores and socalled wood stores (only pine and other construction things)
here in Denmark


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#4 posted 10-11-2011 05:56 PM

Re: Aldi

After living in Germany for two years and shopping at Aldi every week (they have the best cheap Spanish Rioja I’ve ever tasted), I was surprised to find an Aldi in Lawrence, Kansas, and Memphis, Tennessee, upon returning to the States. Unfortunately, they don’t carry the Rioja here, or any of the same products as they do in Europe. Whereas the stores in Germany carried no-name products of exceptional quality at discount prices, the stores in America carry no-name products of low to mediocre quality that aren’t worth the discounted prices. This is one area I feel the company has screwed up in our market. So, although, there may be an Aldi close to American Lumberjocks, the chances of them having Ash Vac is probably quite slim.

-- Glenn, Arkansas

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