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Offline DynaGlide

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Ridgid Shop Vac Dustopper cyclone project
« on: January 20, 2021, 02:17 PM »
I recently picked up a Ridgid Shop vac for use in the garage / water cleanup around the house. I have a CT26 and a FLEX but the CT26 is pretty much stuck in my shop with a work center mounted and the FLEX I prefer to keep in the shop as well.

There's a guy over on YouTube who came up with a pretty cool mobile cyclone solution for the Dustopper product: .
Unfortunately, or fortunately in hindsight, Ridgid re-designed the feet of their NXT vacs and his setup no longer works. I tried adapting it with Fernco fittings but it was too wobbly. Brain spark. I screwed a HD bucket in place where the handle is meant to go to hold the 2nd bucket + Dustopper.

Here's the vacuum I bought: https://www.homedepot.com/p/RIDGID-12-Gal-5-0-Peak-HP-NXT-Wet-Dry-Shop-Vacuum-with-Filter-Hose-and-Accessories-HD1200/304006023

Dustopper: https://www.homedepot.com/p/Dustopper-High-Efficiency-Dust-Separator-12-in-Dia-with-2-5-in-Hose-36-in-Long-HD12/302643445?NCNI-5

Waiting on one more elbow to finish. I got that off Amazon thanks to the video comments from John Builds It video: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002YCT9BS/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1







The whole thing is rock solid.

Matt
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Offline 08G8V8

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Re: Ridgid Shop Vac Dustopper cyclone project
« Reply #1 on: January 20, 2021, 03:01 PM »
I built a setup like his video a few years back. It sits next to my drill press and also use it for general cleanup around the garage.  Works great.

Good solution.


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Offline Big Taco

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Re: Ridgid Shop Vac Dustopper cyclone project
« Reply #2 on: January 20, 2021, 03:26 PM »
How do you keep the 2 buckets from being stuck together?

Offline Banana

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Re: Ridgid Shop Vac Dustopper cyclone project
« Reply #3 on: January 20, 2021, 03:43 PM »
I like yours better than the videos, it’s simpler while the attached bucket performs double duty by also preventing collector bucket implosion.
You can add self adhesive sponge foam to inner lip of Dustoppers for a better seal.  I thought it helped some then migrated to a rubber seal (old stock) for a 6 gal metal bucket. (FLEX setup)

Offline ChuckM

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Re: Ridgid Shop Vac Dustopper cyclone project
« Reply #4 on: January 20, 2021, 03:52 PM »
How do you keep the 2 buckets from being stuck together?

Getting stuck is good -- two buckets means the inner bucket won't collapse.

Offline DynaGlide

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Re: Ridgid Shop Vac Dustopper cyclone project
« Reply #5 on: January 21, 2021, 11:18 AM »
Thanks everyone. FWIW I hear you can buy really thick leftover pickle buckets from Firehouse subs for $2-3. Proceeds go to Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation. I have a few in my area and I'll stop in next time I'm near.
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