OK. As I’ve understood it, the point of a cyclone DC is to slow the air movement down to allow the dust to fall into a receptacle before the air to move into the blower. Am I right on this?
So, my concept is this. Instead of a hard-to-assemble cyclone setup, just a 5gallon bucket, with a smaller (1 gallon or so?) bucket mounted inside of it…with the below modifications. Lets see if I can describe my concept well enough not to need pics & sketches.
So. A 5 gallon bucket with the inlet side pipe coming in at about a 33degree downward angle & angled to the bucket in such a way that the incoming air will naturally “swirl” around the periphery of the inside of the bucket.
“Vanes” made of (not sure what material). They don’t need to stick out far from the sides of the bucket, maybe an inch. Three or four of these running from the top to the bottom of the bucket. These vanes will cause the air, which is coming in & swirling around the periphery, to slow down considerably, which should allow the dust to settle to the bottom of the bucket.
On to the 1gallon bucket. Like the 1gallon buckets you get ice-cream in at the grocery store. First, perforate it. A LOT. several dozen (drill) holes of undetermined size in sides & bottom of the bucket. Then seal the lid of the 1gallon bucket to the bucket using silicone/etc. Mount the 1gallon bucket&lid to the center of the inside of the 5gallon bucket lid. cut through both lids a hole the size to insert & mount the “suck” side pipe through the lids and about 1/3 of the way into the 1gallon bucket.
Attach vaccuum/etc & use.
Anyway, does my idea have merit or am I fartin in the wind?
Or do I have the entire concept of the cyclone DC wrong?