I recently set up a central vac system for the shop and wanted a
separator before the vac. I looked at the mini cyclone from Clear Vue
and Oneida and decided they were too expensive, so I got a trash can
lid separator instead. I had a little bit of money left on a LV gift
certificate, and as everything else I'd like to get from LV costs a
WEE bit more than a "little bit" I figured using it for this was
actually saving me money ;)
Wasn't too happy with it. It didn't get much of the finer stuff which
is what I wanted it for. I don't really care whether I have to empty
the chips out of the vac or a different can, it's just the filter I
don't want to have to clean every half hour. Plus the Rubbermaid
trash can I had it on would crush if I hooked it up to the ROS, too
So back to the mini-cyclones I went, and I ended up getting the Clear
Vue Mini CV06 over the Oneida. The Oneida's inlet is smaller than the
pipe for my system which I didn't think was good. Plus Oneida tries
to get you for $15 for an adapter to go from their 2" outlet to 2-1/2"
hose to the vac, which rubbed me the wrong way.
I'm really impressed with it. It's still hard to swallow the cost of
it, especially alongside the cost of the Fein vac, but the thing just
plain works. I've only had it a few days, but I've used my drum
sander quite a bit in that time and there's practically nothing on the
vac's filter and nothing in the vac's container.
I watched the video on the Clear Vue site, and I thought yeah, he must
have run that pile of sawdust through the cyclone 2-3 times first so
all the fines already went past it, changed the filter and then
started the camera. Nope.
In case anyone is interested in having a look at my setup, there are
some pics and too many words here:
But the pics should be sufficient.
Now I just need to get a remote for the vac, but it's not in the
budget for a while. Still reeling from the sticker shock...