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    recycling the family vacuum cleaner

    Our household vac was no longer useful inside. The on-off switch broke, the handle broke, the wheels were precarious - time to get a new one. But the thing still moved air just fine.

    So I made a little dust collector for my sander. The vac is always on, plugs into a power strip that also turns on the light, and supplies power to the sander, which is still switchable.

    Not sure yet how well it'll work, but it's off to a good start anyway. And one more item is NOT in the landfill.












    Last edited by ken werner; 04-29-2009 at 04:58 PM.

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    Good on you!

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    Cool! It cuts down on the dust and keeps the landfills a little less full.
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    Vac dealers and repair shops are usually full of these ole derelicts. Iasked about one a few years back, and was taken into the back room and told to take as many as I wanted - there musta been fifty of them in various shapes and sizes, and most of them had bad switches, or broken handles, but still ran.

    I used one on my sander and tried (unsuccessfully) to use one for my router table (too many chips, too small a bag). It was a canister type, so I just stood it on end next to my bench, and used it for quick benchtop cleanups.

    Gave them away when I moved...
    Jim D.
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    Great way to re-use. Nice job.
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    Great tip Ken.
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    Recycling is always good!
    Aloha,

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    Great Idea

    Now that's my kind of recycling !
    Don Orr

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    I've got four vacuum cleaners at my shop and I only bought one of them, the other just found on the street tossed away, the easiest one to fix was one that had seen little use and its problem was a fuse gone! now it is fully devoted to my bandsaw.
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    Way to go. Vac recycled and you have a DC at no cost.

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