Trash Can Cyclone
by Drew McManus
(Retailer's Product Description) Improve your single stage dust
collector's efficiency by converting it into a 2-stage unit with
this lid and a common trash can! The Cyclone Lid lets you collect
the larger and heavier shavings and dust before they reach your
impeller and dust collection bags. This lid features a foam gasket
for a superior seal and an elbow fitting under the inlet side
to induce a cyclonic air flow inside the can for increased efficiency.
Accepts 4" hose. Fits standard 30 gallon metal trash cans.
Available from Woodcraft
- $29.99 Item #143290
Packaging & Instructions Rating: 5/5
The separator comes in a large box in two pieces, the circular
top lid and the elbow that mounts into the intake port. The cardboard
is thick and seemed to keep everything well protected. There
are no instruction besides the diagrams on the outside of the
box, but it is very straightforward.
Assembly Rating: 4.5/5
You'll need to purchase a metal 30 gallon trash can at your local
home store in order to use this product. Don't use a plastic
can, they tend to buckle under the suction of the dust collector.
Once you have the can, you need to insert the plastic 90º
elbow into the intake port. The only problem is mine didn't stay
put, it kept falling out when I put the lid onto the trash can.
I solved this problem by simply using some super glue to affix
the elbow permanently into the intake port. A small nuisance,
but a nuisance nevertheless.
Once that was done I then placed
the lid on top of the metal trash can and pushed down tight so
it snapped into place. Then I connected the dust collector to
the lid with a 4" hose and there were no problems with any
of the fittings. The 4" hose slipped over the intake port
easily and the hose clamp created a nice tight seal. The last
step was to run a grounding wire around everything and it was
all ready to go.
Using the Lid with my dust
collector Rating 5/5
I used as little hose as possible from my dust collector to the
separator lid so as to reduce the reduction in the collector's
performance. Although the collector's performance was diminished
a little, it still worked great and the separator functioned
perfectly. It wasn't nearly as noisy as I thought it would be
and the trash can didn't budge an inch when I turned the dust
An especially nice feature
of this separator lid is the inclusion of a foam ring on the
bottom lip of the lid, much like a weather strip. This creates
a nice air tight seal that keeps all of the dust and chips in
the trash can while also helping to create a nice tight fit.
To my knowledge, other separator lids offered on the market do
not offer this great feature. If you can not purchase this model
from Woodcraft then I strongly suggest you create your own foam
seal on whatever unit you decide to purchase.
Conclusion Rating: 4.85/5
This was great, simple, product that has improved my dust collection
system tremendously. I no longer have to worry about accidentally
sweeping a screw or nut into the floor sweep that may damage
the impeller and I haven't had to empty my dust collector bag
(a serious hassle) nearly so often.
The trash can does fill up
quickly, especially if you are planing, but it is simple to empty
into a 30 gallon trash bag. My advice is go out and buy this
right now. It is one of those simple, cheap solutions in your
shop that you will be happy you made! It's a great value at the