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04-04-2017 03:51 PM

Hi, First time post here. A few pictures of my shop built about 25 years ago. Long retired I spend most my days in the walk out basement shop with a lake view. Since the shop is part of the house dust control has always been important. Most of the dust control equipment has been shop built. Saved a ton of money and got a lot better control then you can buy.

Pictures show my shopvac with a cyclone. Built from scratch years ago. I have another one a bit larger also.I started out with Vacuum motors bought from Kleen Rite. They range in size from 5” to 7”. Ametec/Lamb build them and the prices are reasonable. The little guys are rarely used anymore since I built a central vac. I use the 8.4” motor. 20 feet of 2” PVC and 30’ of 2” hose. This is the most powerful vac motor available . The floor cleaning guys use them. Some of the professional systems like LaRue cost $3000 and up. You can’t believe how cheap you can built one. This high power motor has only been out a few years. I’ll post pictures on the built in latter. I tried to build a shop vac built in years ago but they were so weak I didn’t have much luck with it. The new 8.4” motor solved the problem. Sure a lot easier to clean with instead of rolling a shop vac around. Similar to the difference between a built in cyclone and a roll around DC.

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#1 posted 04-04-2017 04:19 PM

What a nice shop you have there.
Very organized and well thought out.
I love the dust collection cart. I laughed out loud when I saw its face!
Thanks for sharing it with us!

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#2 posted 04-04-2017 04:28 PM

I love it !
Thanks for posting.

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#3 posted 04-04-2017 07:40 PM

your shop space is huge with a massive sliding table saw and that cart is awesome and i’m sure makes you chuckle a little on the inside everytime you use it

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#4 posted 04-05-2017 01:23 AM

Wow, that is very cool.

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#5 posted 04-05-2017 03:35 AM

That’s just too fun.

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#6 posted 04-05-2017 04:59 AM

You really know how to make a guy jealous!
I would have difficulty moving that shop vac around my shop!
You have an outstanding shop!

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#7 posted 04-06-2017 02:48 AM

haha nice shop.
would be cool if it had suction on the bottom like a vacume cleaner.
still pretty funny.

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#8 posted 04-06-2017 02:04 PM

Do you actually use your shop ? It looks pristine.

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#9 posted 04-07-2017 04:44 AM

Welcome!!! Now that that’s out of the way…...WTF?? I was all set to post pics of my DIY shopvac setup which is cleverly squeezed into one half of my 2 car garage that my wife allows me to use as a shop. :-) I sure hope this picture was taken after a crew of Elfin People came in one night and washed, waxed and painted!!!

What do you like to make in the Taj?

Again, welcome to lj.

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