Vac Pac for a Cyclone

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Project by WillTheEngineer posted 09-08-2012 12:34 PM 3925 views 2 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Goal of this project was to build a carrier for the Dust Deputy/bucket, where the cyclone could be moved to the side of the vac for vertical clearance (so that it could be moved under a work bench, etc..), or mounted on top for less of a footprint (less space in a small workshop/garage). All while making the “Vac Pac” removable and not damaging the shop vac.
The Vac Pac or carrier, is mounted to the vac with industrial strength Velcro on the back wheel mounts (7 degree angle), and top. To help secure the bucket & hold up the folding bucket platform (back bottom mount) or hold down the side bucket support (top mount), I added Velcro (see pic’s). In addition, holes were drilled on the edges, so that bungee cords could be added.
In addition, the Dust deputy/cyclone bucket mount has holes drilled in it, as well as notches on the side so that bungee cords could be wrapped around the top.
For other vac, the Vac Pac would need to be adapted, but the industrial strength Velcro should be a good mounting system/material in most cases. I was able to pull this across my garage over small items that would normally make the Dust Deputy fall off with a regular bungee cord holding it on.
The bucket top I’ll try to cover in a later project post.
Hope this helps & sorry if I haven’t explained it enough, as I’m just doing a quick post before my day starts.

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#1 posted 09-08-2012 05:37 PM

Greetings from the socialist capital of America – California. There is a reason they call it the ’left coast’

Another fan of Velcro, I see. I seriously don’t know what I would do with out it.

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#2 posted 09-09-2012 08:32 AM

I like the idea Wilf, been wondering how I go about reducing shop space while keeping the cyclone attached to the VAC for some time now. Some good ideas you have there. I saw a plan for a simil;ar arrangement where the Vac and drum/cyclone are mounted onto a roller dolly. I can’t for the life of me remember where I saw it so I may pinch some of your ideas if you don’t mind.


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#3 posted 09-09-2012 12:36 PM

-hasbeen, yes, Velcro is nice…really good for holding the brace support (a dove-tail slider) on a folding out-feed table, for my table saw as well….etc…

-bluekingfisher, I like the carts, but they make you committed to keeping you cyclone/bucket on top or to the side…This one lets you switch with ~2-3 steps

At first, it probably looks like just another cyclone bunged to the top of the vac, but a closer look, and there’s some nicer features…you can also still use the mounts….

Hope it helps fellow Lumberjocker’s with some ideas..

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