Is there a "ready to use" container I can just buy to make a dust seperator?

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02-11-2017 09:39 PM

Want to add a 4” dust separator to my DC system. I have the Rocker attachments so all I need to get in a container and cut the holes. I’ve been trying for weeks to find a fiber barrel but that just isn’t happening…

Are there are store bought containers (like a trash barrel) I can just buy and use? I’d prefer to not cut out circles with my router to make a flat lid, etc, etc…

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#1 posted 02-11-2017 10:26 PM

Plastic drums pretty easy to find at Rural King and similar stores. Also on craigslist frequently.

Or just order a fiber drum on amazon around 70 bucks.

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#2 posted 02-11-2017 10:34 PM

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#3 posted 02-11-2017 10:40 PM

If you have any industrial parks nearby that is where I would start looking. The brown drums with the latching lids are best IMO. Remember a drum is a vessel, a barrel is measurement.

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#4 posted 02-11-2017 11:37 PM

I use a 35 gal trash can with a plastic “tornado” top. Works good.

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#5 posted 02-12-2017 05:58 PM

I just ordered one of these

I should have it in a few days, will report on its effectiveness.

- patcollins

LOL, listed under musical instruments, drums and percussion.

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#6 posted 02-13-2017 02:01 AM

Some good recommendations above. If you still having issues finding one, you might try That company has drums and tubs of every size and material

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#7 posted 02-13-2017 02:15 AM

I just ordered one of these

I should have it in a few days, will report on its effectiveness.

- patcollins

LOL, listed under musical instruments, drums and percussion.

- Rick M

Lol. I guess you could turn it upside down and play it.

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#8 posted 02-13-2017 02:16 AM

Contact a car wash. They get all their soaps in the white or blue plastic barrels. Often they’ll give you one for free just to get rid of them or sometimes charge you $5. I’ve purchased them this way for my raft and other needs. The inside is clean or at the least a little soap in the bottom.

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#9 posted 02-13-2017 03:25 AM

If you find some go for the white or natural, that way you can see the dust level inside it. I have a blue one and have to open it to see.

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#10 posted 02-13-2017 03:42 AM

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#11 posted 02-14-2017 05:32 AM

Pool supply / repair places have white 7 gallon plastic barrels. Chlorine comes in them but that is easy to clean out. I got 20 from a place that uses alot of chlorine to clean food equipment. Comes with a locking top. Did not use them for DC but they do hold a bag of concrete, lime fertilizer etc etc.

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