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  • Rigid Vac filter clogging

    My Rigid vacuum really sucks - in a good way, that is. But I find the pleated filter clogs with fine stuff fairly quickly and needs to be shaken out after a few hours or less of work. Short of installing a real DC system, is there some way to extend the interval between shake-outs?

    Jack

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    Re: Rigid Vac filter clogging

    You might try knee high stockings

    Slip one over the filter as other folks on the board have suggested (Woussko, VASandy ?)
    Cheers! - Jim
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      Re: Rigid Vac filter clogging

      The stockings make it easier to clean...it still clogs quickly. This way, you just pull the stocking off and put on another one. It's slightly less troublesome than cleaning the filter every few hours.

      Someone gave a link to the CleanStream filters some time ago. This is the one for the 16-gal: http://www.cleanstream.com/store/3313209089.html

      I haven't ordered one yet, but it's high on my list to try. The stockings are a cheap stop-gap measure for now. They clean well in water for re-use too. I still get a bit of fine dust on the pleated filter, but it's much easier to unclog the machine using the stockings....plus, I kinda have a whole bunch of stockings that I hate to wear!!! This solves two problems at once!
      I put it all back together better than before. There\'s lots of leftover parts.

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        Re: Rigid Vac filter clogging

        The Cleanstream filter will catch smaller dust particles than the stock filters will but will plug up just as fast if not a little faster. If you're using your vac for collecting dust from your sander that Cleanstream is a must have. It may be a bit inconvenient to have to clean it often but in the long run your lungs will benefit from using one.
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        • #5
          Re: Rigid Vac filter clogging

          The Gore clean stream is the best filter I have ever owned for a whopping 1 week, I spent 6 1/2 hours sanding today and not once did I have to clean the filter. This filter is awesome, I did clean it at the end of the day, about 6 taps on my fence and it was clean. I have used this filter everyday now since I got it, and my wet/dry vac motor never changed in the sound tone when in use. Motor never got any hotter then normal, I'm sure much later on it will be more difficult to clean off like any filter. But man, am I pleased with this filter. Like I said before, I will be going to Sears tomorrow and get 2 more for my other vacs. This filter does come with a 1 year guarantee offer, find that in another filter company, maybe there is another one, but I haven't seen it.
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            Re: Rigid Vac filter clogging

            A separator can help a great deal with chips and somewhat with fine dust

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            • #7
              Re: Rigid Vac filter clogging

              I think next on my list will be trying out a home-made version of the cyclone lids. I'll let you know how it turns out...

              My ridgid vac came with 2 filters- so I just swap them out. I can shake out and wash out one filter, and use the other one while the first one is drying.

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              • #8
                Re: Rigid Vac filter clogging

                Originally posted by VASandy View Post
                The stockings make it easier to clean...it still clogs quickly. This way, you just pull the stocking off and put on another one...
                VASandy is right, the filter still clogs with a nylon stocking on the paper filter, but I don't replace the stocking every time. As I mentioned here, the dust practically falls off the stocking-covered filter by itself. I clean the filter more often now, but it just takes lifting the lid and quickly brushing around the filter; a 15 second job.

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                • #9
                  Re: Rigid Vac filter clogging

                  Originally posted by djb View Post
                  VASandy is right, the filter still clogs with a nylon stocking on the paper filter, but I don't replace the stocking every time. As I mentioned here, the dust practically falls off the stocking-covered filter by itself. I clean the filter more often now, but it just takes lifting the lid and quickly brushing around the filter; a 15 second job.

                  - djb
                  Sorry djb I should have dug up that thread
                  It's a good idea
                  Cheers! - Jim
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