Yet another DIY dust separator cyclone #1: Overview

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Blog entry by Gary posted 07-30-2012 01:07 AM 7820 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Here’s a picture of my cyclone dust separator shop vac:

I used three different sizes of chlorine buckets from the pool supply store (we bought them full…), an ancient Craftsman shopvac, some scrap pvc tubing, a couple bought pvc fittings, a couple types of epoxy glue, an HF furniture moving dolly for the casters, a section of a pool vac hose which we’ve never used, and some plywood scraps.

I studied all the cyclone designs I could find, many here on LJ, many on youtube, and of course the commercial choices on

I was surprised at the variety of configurations. Many designs are narrow and tall, with sloping sides (Oneida Dust Deputy), while others are wide and relatively short, with parallel sides (Thien separator). I decided a common plastic bucket might work…

-- Cheers -- g

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#1 posted 07-30-2012 02:01 AM

Hey if it works, that is the real test. Really nifty idea of the use of the materials

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

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#2 posted 07-30-2012 12:41 PM

Thanks, Norman. I’ve added several more blog entries with details.

-- Cheers -- g

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