Dust collection cyclone lid and trash can do make a big difference

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Project by ChuckM posted 07-26-2008 11:48 PM 16367 views 8 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I hooked up for the first time my 1 H.P. D.C. to my bandsaw (and later my tablesaw) via the cyclone lid and did some work. The suction from the can was strong and most of the dust (99% according to the spec.) was collected in the can. The can also provides some protection for my motor fan in the D.C. as large pieces, wood or otherwise, are not sucked into the D.C. directly.

There’re several kinds of such lids in the market. Get the ones that make the inlet air swirl around. See the swirl mark left in the can as shown in the pic. Mine was from LV ( ). Worth the investment.

-- The time I enjoy wasting is not time wasted

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#1 posted 07-26-2008 11:55 PM

I have one of these, that fits a five gallon bucket, attached to my table saw. I empty the bucket a lot, but the shop-vac is much happier.

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#2 posted 07-27-2008 12:00 AM

I bought one too, and made the condo vac… works like a charm.

-- Adapt, improvise, overcome

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#3 posted 07-27-2008 12:14 AM

Rikkor and Slacker:

Consider upgrading your shopvac to a 1 HP DC (you can keep and use the same lid, just enlarge the 2 1/2” holes to 4” ones as I did).


1) Much strong collection power; 2) Shopvacs are notoriously noisy; 1 HP DCs are very quiet; 3) Much better filtration (I use the 1 micro bag)

1 HP D.C. can be had for around $120 US or so (mine is $155 in Canada).

-- The time I enjoy wasting is not time wasted

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#4 posted 07-27-2008 12:21 AM

I know that they work. You do lose some CFM but gain a way to not get big chunks in the impeller.

-- making sawdust....

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#5 posted 07-27-2008 12:47 AM

Slacker: There are 10 kinds of people in the world. Those who understand binary, and those who don’t.

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#6 posted 07-27-2008 01:08 AM

I have one for a five gallon bucket and it does great. I like your idea Slacker on the combo. I may try to come up with something like that for mine.

-- Steve-o

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#7 posted 07-27-2008 02:38 AM

Thanks for the post. I need to get one.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#8 posted 07-27-2008 08:55 AM

It’s so nice to empty the trash can instead of the DC : ) Well worth the $30 plus metal trash can price .

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