Have an old Hitachi vacuum cleaner that I would like to now use around the
workshop. But after having had a bagless one for a while, I'm now
reluctant to fork out £1.50 or so everytime for replacement paper bags.
I'm wondering if it's feasible to rig up some cheap substitutes for the
Hitachi paper bags, using good old duct tape and some imagination?
It wouldn't matter how rough and ready they are. Would a material from old
cotton sheets be suitable? Has anyone any experience of such a caper?
What about going the whole hog and making something like this:
to suck up the bulky stuff, then jerry-rig the hoover with a large car
or lorry air filter for fine filtration?
I use a Dyson DC04 for the occasional hoovering in the shed, but if I
wanted something permanent, I'd construct something like that, not
just because I'm cheap, err, I mean for the DIY satisfaction, but also
because washing the Dyson filters each time it's been in the shed is a
bit of a pain.
Usually, the original bags are glued at the bottom. I peeled a bag open,
trimmed off the end and re-folded. I then used a long plastic paper clamp to
keep it sealed when in use.
You could also use a couple of bulldog clips or similar.
Now you can just empty the bag when the need arises and don't have to worry
about restricted air flow / cooling etc.
upright hoovers used to have a cloth bag with a large bulldog clip as
original equipment. if you use an interceptor bin the bag will take quite a
while to fill in any case. an old oil drum is ideal, you just need a couple
of holes and one extra bit of hose, it can even double as a wet pick up, I
have used one to clear out drains and then just taken the drum of
disgustingness to the tip.
Thanks to all. Mr Cheerful I'm probably being very thick here, but are you
talking about extra hose and a couple of holes being connected to an upright
hover? If not, the hoover I've got is not an upright and we cannot quite
understand what you are suggesting. Grateful for a bit of clarification.
I was assuming that you have a standard pull along hoover with a hose, in
which case if you poke the hose from that into a suitable hole in an oil
drum and have another hose that you actually use to suck the stuff up, the
majority then drops into the bottom of the oil drum.
If you have an upright without a hose then your options are more limited!
Make a pre-filter cyclone for it to catch the bulk of the dust - that
way the bags last ages just mopping up the very fine stuff.
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