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Offline Acrobat

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My dust deputy and chilly bin box for CT26
« on: April 02, 2014, 04:58 PM »
Hi, after tiring of replacing expensive bags from the CT 26, I decided to try the Dust Deputy. Once I got of the floor after passing out regarding the cost here of the Festool box and kit $650 NZD fro a supplier, I decided to DIY. I bought the Dust Dpety plastic moulded cyclone without any fittings and proceeded to figure out what I needed from there.
Luckily I had a cout off 36mm festal hose (non AS) so got two ends for it, on for going into the vac, one to the DD. With the Y bracket and festal blast gates I already had, I can plug in the sander 27mm and Kapex 36mm hoses which fit with a bit of tape around the plastic DD tube to ensure they are on nice and tight. Reading Onieda's literature, they recommended a box with walls 90mm thick! No way is there any plastic boxes in any stores here that have walls that thick. Must be a typo. Looking at the booklet that comes with the DD, it shows buckets, so I thought first I'd try some 20 litre buckets, checking the lids were a good seal. Made one up and used silicone around the connection holes etc. Seemed to be ok and was a treat watching the dust swirl around and drop into it. But stupid me, I grabbed the 27mm hose for vacuuming up some debris and forgot to change the blast gates. Bucket completely crushed in. I was aghast until I realised my mistake. Some swearing took place I can tell you. I replaced the bucket with another only to repeat the same mistake a few days later! Bugger this, so much for saving money on bags, it'll cost me more for buckets!
I left the DD disconnected whilst I sulked and happened to be out at a discount store looking for a folding cutting table I wanted for cutting ply with the TS saw. I spied this big 52litre chilly bin (cooler box) with good latching and self sealing rubber strips around the lid with 50 mm thick strong walls and hard plastic construction. And it was on special half price since its coming into Autumn/winter here now. I had to try it. I cut the main hole through the top and find it has compressed foam and outer layers of plastic in and outside so doesn't suffer compression like the buckets did.- Of course I'm now doubly careful checking which gate I have open when I use it now. So far after a weeks use its going so well. If anyones interested its a Camper brand I think made in OZ and while there are hundreds of cheap chilly bins from flimsy to massive types this hit the sweet spot in terms of size, strength and weight for me. They have a larger size but I figured it would be too heavy/cumbersome to empty when full.

Here's my set up at the moment. I cut the hose from the vac to DD just a tad too short so am looking at some sort of extension pice so I can place it onto of the CT, but for now its sitting on a roller board next to it.
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Offline jonathandowers

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Re: My dust deputy and chilly bin box for CT26
« Reply #1 on: May 07, 2014, 06:14 PM »
Great idea. Thank you for sharing :)

Offline PaulMarcel

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Re: My dust deputy and chilly bin box for CT26
« Reply #2 on: May 07, 2014, 06:43 PM »
Just seems like the longlife bag is overall much easier, doesn't limit mobility of the vac, saves on an extra hose, and that swearing you wasted on the crushed bucket would be better used on your next glue-up.  I realize the longlife bag fills faster, but it's the long-life bag or the bucket. Dunno, I'm happy I found a dealer with a remaining CT-22 longlife bag.
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Offline Kev

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Re: My dust deputy and chilly bin box for CT26
« Reply #3 on: May 07, 2014, 11:18 PM »
You sure that's not some sort of ram air fish smoker [eek]

I'm with Paul Marcel on long life bags. If I ever feel inclined to reduce my bag costs I'm more inclined to buy the LL bags for my CT's rather than building a monster.

Offline Reiska

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« Reply #4 on: May 08, 2014, 01:46 AM »
If you don't mind putting on a mask and emptying the bag when it fills...  I'm still on my first bag in my CT26 and it's been emptied half a dozen times already and shows no wearing yet. Surprisingly resilient.

I had a cyclone too and have gotten rid of it since - just too much hassle if you need to move your vacuum around.
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Offline NYC Tiny Shop

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Re: My dust deputy and chilly bin box for CT26
« Reply #5 on: May 08, 2014, 08:53 AM »
My Laguna D-16 cyclone cannister is up for sale. Got tired of moving it around my tiny space, the extra room it requires, and hearing the super complain about holes getting into my large garbage bags and the dust leaking out. Throwing the closed bag out works best. It also much easier on me.  [wink] I appreciate how well the bags are made.   [big grin]
Too bad the Mini bags are so expensive, though.   [unsure] I was going through one per day on that loft build. I noticed that the CFM falls off dramatically once the bag is about half full.  So really, the Mini's capacity is even smaller than I thought it would be.  [sad]

Offline Acrobat

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Re: My dust deputy and chilly bin box for CT26
« Reply #6 on: May 08, 2014, 10:06 PM »
Yep, she's a monster I agree, but I shouldn't have any on-going costs with any replacement bags, or a long-life bag for that matter, and the vacs filter remains essentially dust free therefore not requiring a replacement anytime soon. Since it remains in the workshop I don't move it much if at all so so far for me it's been brilliant.
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