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post #1 of 5 Old 03-30-2010, 08:27 AM Thread Starter
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DIY Blaster dust collector

I have a bench top bead blast cabinet with no dust collector. A lot of guys just use a shop vac or vent outdoors if they don't want to spring for a dust collector. The agitator assy on my upright vacuum cleaner died today and parts are no longer available. I'm thinking of cutting off the handle of the vac and removing the base part of the vac with the agitator and wheels and just hooking the carcass to the blast cabinet for a dust collector? I was going to take the vac to the dump anyway and I still have a bunch of bags left over.

Any reason not to do this besides the fact that it's a little Rube Goldberg?

I'm sure it will fill up faster than the dust collection systems they sell but for home use a couple times a month???





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You may want to vent this to outside depending on your blast media. I don't know about 'bead blast' but sand blast as I use can cause silicosis in your lungs. I set my blast cabinet outside and wear dust mask because I've been exposed to lots of silica thru my trade already. Cement and sand buggers are the worst. Bill
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I agree. Just vent it outside. A "dust collection system" is just something else you have to maintain.

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I have a bench top bead blast cabinet with no dust collector. A lot of guys just use a shop vac or vent outdoors if they don't want to spring for a dust collector. The agitator assy on my upright vacuum cleaner died today and parts are no longer available. I'm thinking of cutting off the handle of the vac and removing the base part of the vac with the agitator and wheels and just hooking the carcass to the blast cabinet for a dust collector? I was going to take the vac to the dump anyway and I still have a bunch of bags left over.

Any reason not to do this besides the fact that it's a little Rube Goldberg?

I'm sure it will fill up faster than the dust collection systems they sell but for home use a couple times a month???
Kevin, So what did you end up doing? I just use a shop vac to a port on my cabinet but have been looking to put a dedicated unit on where I can wire it to a common switch with the light... Just curious if your idea panned out? Pics?

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I ended up putting Black Beauty in it since the glass bead wasn't working as well as I wanted and it doesn't really make any dust. I just taped an air cleaner over the vent hole.

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