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Forum topic by Sparky518 posted 02-16-2012 08:16 PM 1712 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Sparky518

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02-16-2012 08:16 PM

I’m new here, but I’ve looked and looked for a solution with no luck. So, I made up a board that would fasten my bucket to the top of my CT-22. Works like a dream. Has anyone else done this?


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#1 posted 02-16-2012 08:32 PM

If I understand you correctly, by just using the bucket it will keep falling over? If so I would think a weighted bottom would fix that even if it was just a little pour of concrete in it before using it.
I have been thinking of building one of these, do they actually work well or would you go for the trash can size?

-- Just a barn cat, now gone to cat heaven.

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#2 posted 02-16-2012 09:17 PM

Concrete might work, but I don’t know if that would overcome the round shape of the bucket base and the fact that the vac hoses are pulling above the bucket. They exert enough leverage to cause the bucket to fall over without too much effort. I first tried bolting the bucket to a square piece of ply, and that was okay, but then you still have the issue of trying to get the bucket to follow you if you’re cleaning up a floor, for example. I was going to put glides or wheels on it, but, again, if you’re cleaning a floor, you would then have two things trying to follow you around. I neglected to mention that I have a round piece of 1/2” MDF inside the bottom of the bucket to back up the four 1/4-20 carriage bolts that secure the bucket to the ply base. This thing follows me around like a lost dog. And yes – I think the bucket is worth it. I have a Thien baffle under the top, and the top is held in place beautifully with suction only. It works great. I hooked it up to my ShopVac (brand) to see how much stuff would bypass the separator, and I got nothing in the ShopVac when picking up shavings and sawdust. I was amazed. Suction is excellent, too, especially with the CT-22. Now I really have a working three stage vac, and I’m saving a ton on filter bags in the CT-22. I think that for a shop vacuum or dust extractor, the bucket is better because it is a more manageable size, and the results are equal or better. The only drawback is you might have to empty it more often, but that’s easy to do. Trash cans are big. I would use a trash can separator on a full size Dust Collector, but for a shop vac or the CT’s, the bucket is perfect IMO.

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#3 posted 02-16-2012 10:00 PM

Thanks for the information. May give it a try when I get time.

-- Just a barn cat, now gone to cat heaven.

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