Mini Dust Cyclone Kit – Craftex Blue Tornado
For use with most common shop vacuums, this mini cyclone tank will eliminate virtually all dust particles from your shop without clogging your shop vac filter. Turn your small shop vac into a power cyclonic system with this complete kit from Craftex Blue Tornado.
The cyclonic effect ensures that 99% of all dust particles get trapped into the tank before it can reach your vacuum filter. The translucent 6 gallon tank allows you to view contents at all times and is mounted onto 4 castors for ease of use.
Designed to fit most common shop vacuums.
Reduces clogging of vacuum filters
Maintains suction efficiency
Comes complete with assortment of hoses and adaptors
Works with most shop vacuum
Inexpensive way to control the dust in your workshop
1 x Tank (6 Gallon)
2 x Reducer
1 x Elbow
2 x Hose
3 x Adaptor
2 x Clamp
3 x Castor
1 x Cyclone Lid
Like other reviewers, I found the unit to be top heavy, and tended to tip over. I removed the casters, and bolted it onto a piece of melamine shelving cut an inch bigger than the base. Works great now.
It is a great kit for beginners who want to see how the cyclone system works. And it works perfect with a beaten shopvac I've had for many years. It takes care of most sawdust produced by a table saw or a router. The only thing I am not very happy with is the stability of the bucket: those coasters are not ideal, when you drag the bucket across the floor it stumbles. That's why I am giving it four stars only. Other than that, it is very good: good hoses, good adapters, good design.
This thing is amazing. It sucks all the dust out of my bandsaw so I no longer have to worry about it getting gummed up.
Just don`t even bother. I used a brand new shop vac and this thing captured half the dust at most! After just a couple times emptying the lid was nearly impossible to snap on. I had to make my own adaptors. The hoses were not compatbile with my mastercraft shop vac. And , finally, I was trying to get the lid to snap on by bumping my fist on the lid. Big mistake. the whole bucket just shattered.Avoid this kit.
I've had the tornado for a few months now and initially LOVED it. The trouble I'm having now is once you empty it several times, it gets harder to snap the lid on and when you exert pressure to ensure the lid is snapped on, the wheels break off. That is the reason i am only giving it 3 stars. If you're a newbie and looking for entry level collection, this will do the trick. Make concessions for the lid issues and perhaps remove the wheels.
As noted it is top heavy, but that's not the end of the world. I personally think it works perfectly for a small shop. If you don't need a full dust collection system this is for you. Hardly anything is making it to my shop vac! I would to see them either give a better rating for the size of shop vac needed or stop shipping with hose that compress back together. Anytime i turn my shop vac on it re-compresses the hose, severely limiting the maneuverability and distance accessible. Over all for the price point it is fantastic, but I am disappointed that I need to spend more money to replace the hoses.
At first glance I would give this a 3 star rating due to build quality, but the fact that it actually works pretty well, and includes a bunch of pipe and fittings, all at a great price point point bumps it up to a cautious 5 stars... It's built cheaply, it is top heavy, and is certainly not a perfect cyclone as other reviewers have noted, but for $49 on sale boy am I pleased I picked one up. I should mention my 6A shop vac seems a bit much for it - actually re-compressing the hoses it came with due to all the suction - it's probably a better match for a smaller vac. And yes, if you hook it up backwards it doesn't work - check your hoses! Compare the cost of this to the cost of individual fittings, and even a single bag/filter replacement, and some reduced wear on your vac and it's a no-brainer as a basic starter kit...
I didn't expect much at this low price and I didn't receive much. Don't know how anyone can say this works 'great'....it works only 'ok' for me. I STILL have to clean my shop-vac filter. It still gets dusty, albeit not as much. I'd say this unit collects maybe 75/80% of the dust. My craftsman 4.5 hp shop vac still gets debris slipping in. This is NOT a perfect cyclone system! It's flimsy...very. I had to put a couple of 5lb. weights to keep it from tipping over. It still wants to tip, but less so. If you need perfection, buy something else (wish I had), but I'm not certain I would got much better results with something in a similar price range...... I guess you pay or what you get. You do get a lot accessories with it, they are not cheap if you buy them separately, so value wise, it's not a total waste. Just not as good as I was hoping. *note* .. make SURE you have the shop vac hose hooked up to the correct hole. I did not and couldn't figure out why more debris was getting in the shop vac than the cyclone! ^_^ This unit is just 'ok'.
Been using mine with shopvac and an old Beam Centralvac unit i put hepa filters is and it works well , works even better now with a thein separator plate in it made out of 1/4" MDF. I added a wire from the bucket to a grounded screw on the central vac to stop the static zapping you and it seems to help,watch yourself if it's been running a while especially.