Recently I purchased a cyclone kit for my shop vac. Having burned out 1 motor on my shop vac and spending way too much time cleaning filters (or money replacing them), this seemed like a good investment. I read a couple of reviews, watched an excellent one at http://www.thewoodwhisperer.com/videos/cyclone-separator-shootout/ , and decided on The Dust Deputy as my cyclone of choice. It is smaller than the Dust Right Vortex, and reportedly does a pretty good job of keeping things out of the filter. (From my limited testing so far, it does seem to work pretty well!) The main problem that I had with it was that is designed to attach to your current vaccuum with some styrofoam and a couple of bolts. This makes for a rather unwieldly “train” that I had to roll around my shop. I added to this problem by NOT using the bolts. I suspected that their intended configuration would not work for me due to space limitations in my shop, so I basically tied the bucket to my shop vac. This lead to an unwieldly system that would fall apart as I would use it. The frustration level grew…
Instead of using one of the many power tools around the shop to take my frustrations out on the source of my anger, I searched online for a less destructive solution. I finally found the basis for my cart at Lumberjocks.com. I built it large enough to keep the wheels on the shop vac since they would be lost to history if I removed them to put them ‘somewhere I could find them later’. Vertical was definitely the way to go with the stand. Now the whole system can be backed up against the wall and out of the way. What do you think?