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    Stopped by HF tonight

    And a blast cabinet followed me home...
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    Lots of parts and lots of screws/nuts...
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    This is about 1/4th of the assembly done.
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    While doing some googling on mods and improvements for this cabinet, I came across this video of someones review of using the dust deputy with it. I'll probably do a cart similar to his, but I liked his idea of cutting off another bucket for holding the bucket used for the dust deputy towards the end of the review.


    Anyway, I've been wanting one for a while and could use one for some restoration of some hardware I have, I'm sure it will help with old tool restoration as well. I also picked up 40 lbs of the 80 grit glass beads, but plan to order some #13 glass beads for my hardware restoration.

    Anyone else have one?
    Darren

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    Neat, you will enjoy especially restoring old tools.
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    Congrats! Nice purchase.

    I have a couple of things on my list that I need to buy from HF. Just can't seem to land on a 25% off coupon.
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    I bet it's fun to just watch the paint and rust disappear under the flow of the beads.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brent Dowell View Post
    I bet it's fun to just watch the paint and rust disappear under the flow of the beads.
    At one of my previous employers they did manufacturing and had one I could use. However, if you had anything with any paint left on it they wanted it chemical stripped first as they used it for doing the brand logo in a satin sheen on a glossy metal. If there was any paint in the media it would leave a slight color in the pits that the media created. Rust seemed to be ok, just no paints.
    Darren

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    Darren,

    If you have any difficulty with your bucket under the Dust Deputy collapsing, I have a couple of suggestions -

    1. The buckets that come from Firehouse Subs are stronger and more reinforced than those available for purchase at the BORGS. These are used buckets, having been formerly used as dill pickle buckets, and Firehouse Subs sells them for $2 each with the lids and gaskets. The money collected gets donated to the local fire company. But getting the dill pickle smell out of them is nearly impossible. I found that leaving them open and out side facing the Sun for about a month does more to get rid of the smell than any solvent, soap, scrubbing that I've tried, but I use my Dust Deputy to collect sawdust using a whole house central vacuum unit with the exhaust going out side through the wall. If there is any pickle smell remaining, my neighbor hasn't complained yet.

    2. If your vacuum is as strong as my central vacuum, you might still collapse one of these buckets. After mine did, I realized that the top 1/3 of these pickle buckets is ribbed on the outside, making the top area more resistant to collapsing. So I then stacked three of these buckets together. This makes the bucket wall three times thicker and the ribs are all the way to the bottom of the top most bucket. I haven't had any more problems with the bucket collapsing since doing this.

    I have dumped the top bucket 4 times this past year, and the fabric filter in the central vacuum is still just as clean as it was before I began using it in my shop. Nothing that I can see has ever made it into the container on the central vacuum unit. There may be some micro fines getting past the Dust Deputy and the fabric filter, but if there is, they are exhausted outside, so they don't ever get back into my shop. The vacuum was free, from a neighbor's remodel complete with pipe, hose, and attachments, the Dust Deputy I bought used from a friend who was closing his commercial shop for $35. I had to buy electrical fittings, and some vacuum piping and fittings, so the whole installation cost me about $130. I have a vacuum inlet in my shop, one in the shop attic, and one outside, for vacuuming my cars and truck. I vacuum the shop floor and use it for collecting saw dust from my scroll saws, drill presses, sanders, router table, router jigs, etc.

    The Unisaw, jointer, and planer aren't not connected to this vacuum. I let the jointer and Unisaw cabinets collect the sawdust from these tools and then shovel out the cabinets when needed. I always use my DeWalt 735 planer outside because of the space required, since my shop is small. I have the accessory hose and barrel cover that I connect to it and have a plastic 55 gallon barrel to collect the chips. If the chips are from non toxic wood they get used as mulch. The toxic wood goes to the landfill.

    The Dust Deputy should make a great separator for your sand blast cabinet. Hopefully, it will work with the sand blasting media as well as mine has with sawdust. My only hope is that it doesn't wear out too quickly from the blasting media going through it.

    Charley

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    To anyone having problems locating coupons for HF, this site you can see most if not all current coupons.

    http://www.dealsoff.com/harbor-freight-coupons/
    Jon

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    Charley, I'm currently using a bucket that had my chlorine tabs for the pool in it, they are a very stout bucket (I forget the grade number), so not had issues with collapse.

    I also use the large shop vac that has an exhaust side connection. I just ordered a wall vent that I plan to connect the output to for exhausting the vent outside after running through the dust deputy and the shop-vac. Might be overkill, but I don't like to take chances breathing with glass dust.

    It should be interesting to see how the dust deputy holds up with taking the media in all the time, but it should be mostly dust. I'm planning to add a shroud over the vacuum intake so that the larger particles will hopefully settle out back into the cabinet before getting sucked to the vacuum.
    Darren

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonathan Shively View Post
    To anyone having problems locating coupons for HF, this site you can see most if not all current coupons.

    http://www.dealsoff.com/harbor-freight-coupons/
    Thanks Jonathan.

    I have seen the 20% off coupon but the cheap guy in me wants to wait for a 25% coupon. I used to get those every few months.
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    FWIW, recently I have only seen 25% off coupons handed out at the store when a purchase over a certain amount is made. Its intended for a future purchase and has a relatively short expiration time. You might talk with the store people. YMMV. But that's the deal at my local store.
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