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Mini Cyclcone Mod Using an Old Household Vac

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Project by SeanIAm posted 11-06-2015 07:52 AM 1816 views 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We had an old Eureka upright that still worked quite well as a hose vacuum even though the floor brush and intake was cracked beyond repair. So, I disassembled the vacuum and set it into a spray foam cradle for noise and vibration dampening. I then attached an Oneida Dust Deputy and ran it for three weekends worth of workshop use. It worked beautifully!

Once I knew it wasn’t going to burn out any time soon, I turned to my boys (5-12 yrs old) for some paint and naming ideas. I think we would have made the evil Dr Doofenshmirtz, from the cartoon show “Phineas and Ferb”, very proud!





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Gary

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#1 posted 11-06-2015 01:00 PM

I like it but I don’t see the self-destruct button

-- Gary

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#2 posted 11-06-2015 01:56 PM

Interesting idea, does it develop enough suction and air flow to work well?

-- "I love it when a plan comes together" John "Hannibal" Smith

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#3 posted 11-06-2015 02:02 PM

Love phineas and ferb reference.

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#4 posted 11-06-2015 02:41 PM

Cool idea… My dust collection is fairly modest, and I have an upright I can donate to the cause… I like the cart idea as it saves space as compared to a shop vac. Great name.

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#5 posted 11-06-2015 04:34 PM

Nice project, and nice backstory… :)

-- Barry, http://BarrysWorkshop.com/

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#6 posted 11-07-2015 04:04 AM

Thanks everyone! The Eureka upright has considerable suction and air flow. I’ve filled up the 5 gallon dust collector three times already and there’s no sign of the vacuum’s dust bag getting saturated. It’s much quieter than my shop vac, so I’ve been very happy with it so far!

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#7 posted 11-07-2015 05:18 AM

Great idea

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

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#8 posted 11-09-2015 05:17 PM

Can you give me WxL of the base platform? I assume you have no brush head attached… so I will remove mine as that is were most noise comes from… on the other hand, I can turn roller brush off. No use wasting a good shop vac on this project.

And my handle comes off, so won’t be too high. Switch is on case body.

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#9 posted 11-09-2015 05:42 PM

looks good! i’m about to get my dust deputy set up too!!

-- You can tell a lot about your wife by her hands, for example if they are around your throat she's prolly pissed off at you...

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#10 posted 11-11-2015 12:49 AM

The base is approximately 14in W X 20 in L X 30” H. It was a scrap wood project so I was a little hap hazard with the dimensions. The brush head on our vacuum is what broke which left me with a perfectly good hose only vacuum. I stripped off the handle and the brush head assembly to make it as compact as possible without breaching the vacuum chamber. I use it for a couple of hours every weekend and it’s been holding up well for over a month now!


Can you give me WxL of the base platform? I assume you have no brush head attached… so I will remove mine as that is were most noise comes from… on the other hand, I can turn roller brush off. No use wasting a good shop vac on this project.

And my handle comes off, so won t be too high. Switch is on case body.

- dustyal


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