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Forum topic by MT_Stringer posted 08-20-2013 07:49 PM 1819 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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MT_Stringer

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08-20-2013 07:49 PM

Topic tags/keywords: tip dust collection

I have been using a Lowe’s Bucket Max for about 8 months for utilitarian duty. Light clean up and dust collection for several of my power tools that have small dust ports.

Well, blow me down! I just realized today that the 2 1/2 inch dia hose off my Shop Vac brand vacuum fits the port on the BM perfectly. Turns out, there is a reducer that fits into the housing of the BM which reduces the diameter to 1 1/4 inch.

I hooked up a hose to the BM and commenced to clean the floor and all of the tools/tables.
This is going to come in real handy as I design my dust collection for my new miter saw station.

Note: Plenty of suction. I use it on the router table fence and it works great.

Anyway, it’s raining today and that’s my story and I’m stickin’ to it! :-)

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas


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Picklehead

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#1 posted 08-21-2013 06:05 PM

That really sucks!

-- You've got to be smarter than the tree.

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#2 posted 08-21-2013 06:23 PM

^ So does my Ridgid wet/dry!

-- Wish I were Norm's Nephew

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#3 posted 08-21-2013 06:24 PM

I’ve used a Lowes Bucket Max for almost 2 years now. It works great connecting to the dust bag of my random orbit sander.

-- paxorion

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#4 posted 08-21-2013 06:39 PM

@Paxorion…Yeppers.. Me too

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#5 posted 08-22-2013 02:37 AM

My Bucket Max is connected to my Dust Deputy. Works great!

-- Steve in Richmond, VA

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#6 posted 08-22-2013 01:24 PM

Thanks for the heads up Mike! I had never seen a Bucket Max and the price is certainly good. I have several 5 gal buckets sitting around, and it looks like a Bucket Max setup would make a great 1 tool DC unit.

-- "Standing tall has nothing to do with height"

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#7 posted 01-27-2015 07:48 PM

BillMarket17,

Go market your offkey links on some other site.

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#8 posted 01-28-2015 03:49 AM


BillMarket17,

Go market your offkey links on some other site.

- HerbC


+1

-- KevinL

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htl

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#9 posted 04-24-2015 09:40 PM

Got one and love it with my home made wood cyclone.
Hardly any dust on the filter.
Hooked up a 5hp vac and it seems to suck the chips off the bottom of the bucket.
Use in small shop so the Max is perfect for my needs.
Here is my set up.
I know it isn’t pretty but it gets the job done nicely.
Probable have $45 invested in everything.

-- There's a hundred ways to do anything, alot depends on the tools at hand.

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htl

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#10 posted 04-24-2015 09:57 PM

I was just looking at another thread and it shows two Maxs hooked up with two Dust Deputys.
Store bought set ups. lol
http://lumberjocks.com/topics/68657

-- There's a hundred ways to do anything, alot depends on the tools at hand.

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#11 posted 04-25-2015 09:36 AM

that wood cyclone looks good enough to put it in the old woman’s kitchen you did one fine job on that

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#12 posted 04-25-2015 04:00 PM

+1 on the BucketMax. I deliberately bought this one rather than the HD version because of the 2.5” inlet. Interestingly, it also has a 2.5” blower port outlet. That might be handy for directing an airstream to aid dust collection. It is cheap enough to experiment.

It will also take a standard filter so you can throw away the cloth thing they give you. I have been debating doing single point dust collection on each tool with these rather than a central dust collector. At $20 a pop…

-- "Find out what you cannot do and then go do it!"

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