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Forum topic by gsimon posted 10-18-2014 04:32 PM 1925 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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gsimon

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10-18-2014 04:32 PM

Topic tags/keywords: dust control shop vac shop tips tip

Bothered by spending good money on glorified paper bags I just cut one end off, folded and stapled it. I just undo each time to empty

-- Greg Simon


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Fred Hargis

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#1 posted 10-18-2014 05:15 PM

I took a piece of plastic pipe, cut a 1/4” slit in it lengthwise and slide it over the end of the bag when I fold it back over. They still wear out from that after about 2-3 openings (then I glue that end closed, and use the other end), but that’s better than buying new bags every time.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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#2 posted 10-19-2014 02:11 PM

I suggest buying the best filters you can afford.

Not much good vacuuming up saw dust, to just blow the dangerous, small particles back into the air.

I send the exhaust of the shop vac back through my separator. It uses a 0.5 micron cartridge filter.

-- Brad, Texas, https://www.youtube.com/user/tonkatoytruck/feed

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Fred Hargis

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#3 posted 10-19-2014 02:24 PM

Even with a good filter (I use Gore Clean stream in my vacs) the bags present an advantage. The keep the filter cleaner, longer. They also make emptying the vac a little easier, excluding the work done with the bag to re use it.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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Scottlj

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#4 posted 05-27-2015 02:03 AM

I wonder if a potato chip bag clip type thing would work to keep the end of a slit and then folded over bag would work. I may try it. Can’t hurt.

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gsimon

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#5 posted 05-27-2015 03:00 AM

I say give it a try. Heck I’m going to try it and the pipe sleeve as well. I would be a purest if I could afford the best solution to each and every woodworking situation but in this case I wear my mask to empty and clean the bag out doors and I still have a sealed paper bag with some life in it

-- Greg Simon

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Oughtsix

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#6 posted 05-27-2015 06:24 AM

I use the biggest yellow drywall bags I can find in my shop vac. Flow is all about surface area and filters (especially fine filters) plug way too quick. A large drywall bag will still flow very well even when it is packed. I just throw them away when I am done… I have a dust collector so my shop vac is for clean up not dust collection so a bag lasts a good amount of time for me.

Cool idea though!

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