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Forum topic by Thedustydutchman posted 01-23-2022 07:57 PM 634 views 0 times favorited 23 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-23-2022 07:57 PM

In my quest to get my shop set up properly I am working on my dust collection setup. I have a really nice ridged vac and the dustopper bucket rig to go with. It works really well but is very clumsy and a pain to move around. I have done some research online but im looking for ideas for a cart or something to make it easier to use. I see Oneida has a block or something to attach the bucket right to the side of the vac. I could probably make something but not sure how to attach it without risking cracking the vac body. Do any of you have a similar setup?

-- Jerry H - Holland Michigan


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#1 posted 01-23-2022 09:46 PM

I don’t move my shop vac & cyclone around. They live on the floor, tucked out of the way under a set of shelves. When needed I add hose. One benefit of a small shop is that nothing is more than a couple hose-lengths away from the vac.

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#2 posted 01-23-2022 09:53 PM

That is actually a very good idea! Where do you get longer hose?

-- Jerry H - Holland Michigan

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#3 posted 01-24-2022 12:45 AM

Home Depot sells a 20’ hose for the Ridgid shop vacs. The new style hoses don’t connect to each other without an adapter now (introduces loss), so the 20’ is probably the best choice. I’m sorry I replaced my old Ridgid shop vac as 2 hoses (14’) were usually enough to get the job done.

-- Glenn, Jersey Shore, NJ

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#4 posted 01-24-2022 12:55 AM

I might have to look into the 20ft hose. That should be plenty for my shop. Might still want a cart of some sort for cleaning the rest of the basement

-- Jerry H - Holland Michigan

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#5 posted 01-24-2022 01:56 AM

I used this youtube video—> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WyBuRjO54NM
It’s simple to put together and works really well.

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#6 posted 01-24-2022 02:05 AM

I watched that video as well. Does it want to tip over at all?

-- Jerry H - Holland Michigan

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#7 posted 01-24-2022 03:13 AM

I’ve been using RIDGID’s 1-7/8 in. Pro-Grade Locking Hose Kit. That comes in 10-foot lengths, available through HD and WM, maybe others. They couple end-to-end so you can build up lengths as long as you need.

One is permanently hooked to my vac/cyclone. The second section gets stashed out of the way (so I don’t need a reel) and comes out when needed. I’m thinking of a third section to get out the door for cleaning the cars.

These are supplemented with a 10-foot length of 1-inch vac hose that hooks up to smaller and more portable tools such as my ROS.

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#8 posted 01-24-2022 04:06 AM

I would get two Shop vacs. You have enough room for them.

-- Don K, (Holland, Michigan)

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#9 posted 01-24-2022 10:38 AM

The BEST thing I did for my dust collection was to go from a shop-vac to an actual DC, the increased performance and decreased noise were totally worth it, you cannot compare the CFM between the 2’ hose vs. a 4” hose. Granted, more hose will be cheaper BUT more hose is less CFM, no matter the size. With the Harbor Freight collector being the cheapest entry at $230, after some fittings, 2 10’ 4” hoses, and the beloved remote control switch, you can be all in for a bit under $400. Just my $0.02

-- I've decided 1 mistake is really 2 opportunities to learn.. learn how to fix it... and learn how to not repeat it

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#10 posted 01-24-2022 10:56 AM

I had a remote switch for my DC until I accidently sucked it up into the dust collector. Now I have wall switch.
I centrally located my DC and use it just for the Lathe, table saw, thickness planer and 20” band saw. I have one blast gate now to connect it to the table saw. and other wise I move one hose from a dead cap and the the other three tools. I have a dedicated HF shop vac for the 12” band saw and another I switch between the drill press, bench top sander and random orbital sander. I have an excellent downdraft table made from a furnace fan. (Dusty you should come over some time just to see the downdraft table.)

-- Don K, (Holland, Michigan)

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#11 posted 01-24-2022 11:17 AM



I had a remote switch for my DC until I accidently sucked it up into the dust collector. Now I have wall switch.
- Combo Prof

Sorry for laughing, I have been there a few times while cleaning up a table surface thinking, “that’s too heavy to get sucked up.” FORTUNATELY, my remote is always clipped to my shop apron right where my right hand falls though & I’ve been faster than the suction over a 10’ hose, but definitely an OH $hit!!! moment.

-- I've decided 1 mistake is really 2 opportunities to learn.. learn how to fix it... and learn how to not repeat it

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#12 posted 01-24-2022 12:19 PM

I have a big DC for my table saw, band saw and lathe. I finally got that set up this weekend. I’m using the shop vac for the small stuff (sanders, routers, miter saw) I think a 20ft hose should be long enough for me to tuck the whole system into a corner and leave it there.

Don, I will have to stop by to see that downdraft table sometime.

-- Jerry H - Holland Michigan

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#13 posted 01-24-2022 01:36 PM

Don, I will have to stop by to see that downdraft table sometime.

- Thedustydutchman

It is very nice and quite and works amazingly well. Here are the plans

I will add some improvements but only to top (I think fewer and bigger holes would have been better) and storage for the random orbital sander (or sanders) would be nice.

I can email plans you can actually read if you like.

-- Don K, (Holland, Michigan)

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#14 posted 01-24-2022 05:30 PM

Jerry – if you combine the shop vac and DC for a cleaner shop, will you lose the “dusty” part of your handle? ;)

Regarding the miter saw – I’m about to try something new. The saw is “boxed” between cabinets, so I put a sheet of Masonite behind the saw station and 3/4 ply above. The overhead is cut with angles, but could be a long curve – I hung sheets of EDPM rubber sheet (leftover from a pond project) from that on either side of the saw to keep dust from flying back but still allow angled cuts. I have a 4” PVC pipe that passes through the overhead and ends about 1” above the saw deck. There’s a piece of angled white Melamine Masonite that stops about 1/2” above the deck. The angle allows most sawdust to slide down to the opening, where it should be sucked up. Think of it like a floor sweep, but with a slightly offset hose port. I tested the idea with a small shop vac and it seemed to work pretty well. the dust port has a hose that simply deflects down to the deck port. I’m still waiting on delivery of the pipe to set up the DC, so no performance results yet.

-- Glenn, Jersey Shore, NJ

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#15 posted 01-24-2022 10:43 PM

He can change it to the DustedDutchman. :)

I always thought the best solution for a miter saw was to put it on top of a down draft table, perhaps in addition to what you suggest Glen.

Then I acquired a good miter box, sold the power miter saw and have never missed it.

The fewer the tails the lesser the dust.

-- Don K, (Holland, Michigan)

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