Tool: Dustopper High Efficiency Dust Separator, 12 in. dia, with 2.5 in hose, 36 in. long
Reviewer: Doug KP91
Tool Rating: 9
Picture: see below (and I don't know why, but every picture taken by my iPad shows up upside down!!)
I converted the dust collection on my CNC from the smaller dust hood to a 2 -1/2 inch connection dust hood to increase efficiency. I cut a lot of Corian and similar products, and the dust would stick in the smaller hood because of the static and foul it up. Going to the larger hose has been a vast improvement in both effectiveness and noise reduction.
My big shop vac has a clean-stream hepa filter on it, and it clogs quickly with the fine dust, and has to be cleaned a lot. To reduce the intervals I have to clean it, I thought I would try this little cyclone that sits on top of a bucket. It was not sold in my store, but I saw it when I was up helping out my parents and had to make a HD run. It was about $35, I already had the bucket.
The unit is pretty simple, you get the separator head and a length of hose to go between the cyclone and the vacuum. You use your hose on the inlet side. Nothing complicated.
I emptied the shop vac, hooked up the separator to the CNC, and took a 2 thousandths cut on the spoil board. After surfacing 8 square feet of MDF, I took a look inside the shop vac and the separator. I think the pictures show the results pretty dramatically.
So far the only complaint I have is that the lid fits almost too tight on the bucket. The effort it takes to get the clips loose is much more than I expected. I am using a 7 gallon bucket, maybe I will try it on a 5 gallon Home Depot bucket and see if it is a little easier. https://www.homedepot.com/p/Dustoppe...HD12/302643445