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  • Add a mini cyclone to your RIDGID vac

    http://www.clearvuecyclones.com/Order_Page.htm

    Look for the Blower Vac Conversion Lid


    I just came across this while looking for a mini cyclone to use with my old Craftsman vac. I have no interest or affiliation with this company.
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    Re: Add a mini cyclone to your RIDGID vac

    The ClearVue is very well regarded, but seems to be model specific... Another excellent option, and the one I chose for my 12 gallon Ridgid Vac is a shop built Thien Cyclone Separator Lid on a 20 gallon trash can...http://www.cgallery.com/jpthien/cy.htm excellent cyclonic effect, MUCH higher capacity than the standard tank... Well worth looking into.

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      Re: Add a mini cyclone to your RIDGID vac

      i use a thien based seperator as well. it works excellent!

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      • #4
        Re: Add a mini cyclone to your RIDGID vac

        Originally posted by dbhost View Post
        The ClearVue is very well regarded, but seems to be model specific... Another excellent option, and the one I chose for my 12 gallon Ridgid Vac is a shop built Thien Cyclone Separator Lid on a 20 gallon trash can...http://www.cgallery.com/jpthien/cy.htm excellent cyclonic effect, MUCH higher capacity than the standard tank... Well worth looking into.
        Very interesting, thanks.
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        • #5
          Re: Add a mini cyclone to your RIDGID vac

          I use the Clearview CV06 model on a 10 gallon metal pail and a shop vac. I also added a shop vac 2 1/2" clear vacuum piping with blast gates for small power tools behind the bench, It does a very good job.

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          • #6
            Re: Add a mini cyclone to your RIDGID vac

            I use a Clearview CV06 on a 20 gallon metal trash can, with my Ridgid 12gallon vac providing the suction. I have a CleanStream filter in the vac.

            I fill up the 20 gallon can about once in a month. I clean out the filter on the vacuum about once every three or four months, when I notice any minor suction decrease. That speaks volumes to me about the effectiveness of the cyclone keeping crap out of the shop vac and especially the filter.

            One nice thing with the CV06 is that you can put it just about anywhere, on top of any size can, and have your vacuum machine tucked away, or even on the other side of a wall. Mine is under my main worktop area, tucked between two cabinet bases, on a cheapie remote controlled outlet. Stays out of the way, and I just bring it out for the occasional filter cleaning.

            Except for my jointer and planer, this cyclone shop-vac setup is what I use for all my woodworking dust collection and cleanup (TS, bandsaw, drill press, mortiser, etc). I do have a mini portable HF DC with a 4" hose for the planer and jointer... the shop vac sized cyclone simply can't keep up with the amount of chips produced.

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            • #7
              Re: Add a mini cyclone to your RIDGID vac

              Not sure about a jointer since I don't own one yet, but I know that my Ridgid 12 gallon vac / Thien cyclone has no trouble keeping up with my planer... Due to the equipment shortage I have been using my planer / sled for face jointing, and the router table jig for edge jointing....

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              • #8
                Re: Add a mini cyclone to your RIDGID vac

                Or you could build your own with a garbage can a special lid. http://www.leevalley.com/wood/page.a...t=1,42401&ap=1

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                • #9
                  Re: Add a mini cyclone to your RIDGID vac

                  True enough. Rockler sells this one: http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?page=1515

                  Woodcraft offers these: http://www.woodcraft.com/family.aspx?FamilyID=4310

                  However, if I understand the conversations and all that I have been reading on the Thien design, his baffle makes a very significant improvement on the efficiency.

                  However, with my time being short, it would be great to be able to buy one of his designs instead of having to make it myself.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Add a mini cyclone to your RIDGID vac

                    just hooked up a Dust Deputy, diy version, mounted on top a 5 gal bucket. I have a simple shop vac 10 gal 4.0 hp (peak) attached to it. This little cyclone is absolutely amazing, mine has the 2.5" inlet and outlet, I've hooked it up to the table saw, band saw, jointer and planer and you get virtually nothing in the shop vac, no chips and no dust. I'm amazed by this little cyclone, you probaly don't even need the drum under the shop vac. My vac was plugging up all the time so it was my hope to slow this down, bottom line it works great for me.

                    steve in Ind

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