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CowanNavy

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08-11-2013 08:47 PM

Topic tags/keywords: dust collection vacuum shop vac cyclone new shop jig question tip

I just bought my house and I am trying to get my shop temporarliy set up in my basement. I have a good Rigid Shop vac that I like but I am going to mod it with a 5 gallon bucket cyclone separator. I am just wondering if there is any advantage of putting 2 of these separators is series together before allowing the dust/air to enter my shop vac. I know it is pretty cheap to try it on my own but the house is a fixer upper and any money I can save by getting my setups right the first time would be greatly appreciated.

-- ET1 (SS) Cowan, Bremerton, WA - (I'll come up with a witty quote later)


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Manitario

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#1 posted 08-11-2013 09:18 PM

One separator will be enough; two will cut down on the suction of the shop vac too much.

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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CowanNavy

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#2 posted 08-11-2013 11:48 PM

awesome… thank you

-- ET1 (SS) Cowan, Bremerton, WA - (I'll come up with a witty quote later)

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#3 posted 08-12-2013 03:56 PM

If you use the Dust Deputy, the one cyclone will eliminate most of the dust easily.

-- As ever, Gus-the 77 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#4 posted 08-13-2013 12:26 AM

At just $24.95 this makes a great bang for buck separator for your 16gal shopvac and 20gal can. This is exactly what I use on mine. I added a hepa filter to the shopvac and dedicated this system to my miter saw. Works like a champ. I compared this with a Thien separator that I built and it compares nicely, though you have a harder time telling when it is full. Putting it on my MS solved the over-filling issue since it rarely needs emptied. TIP—add some foam-back tape around the inner edge of the separator.

http://www.grizzly.com/products/5-Gallon-Dust-Collection-Cyclone-Separator/W2049

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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HorizontalMike

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#5 posted 08-16-2013 12:48 PM

Oops! Correction to above:
I bought the larger version of the Grizzly separator ($35). What I linked to is the 5gal version you are asking about. IMO, I would recommend going with the larger, if you are doing very much WW-ing at all. I don’t think you would regret it at all.

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#6 posted 08-16-2013 04:19 PM

If you look here I did a ghetto separator just to have extra capacity. Mine fills fast when planing an it sucks to clean shavings out of the filter. If I can here shavings rattling in the cyclone then its time to dump. I will say I don’t notice any loss of suction, but I have a larger system. Also if I watch the bins I would say 80% drops out in the drum and most of the rest drops in the cyclone. there is some in the filter but no system will get 100%

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