My shop vac filter kept loading up quickly, which is a pain. I found several photos and discussions of a cart that used a cyclone to separate the dust before it reaches the vac. I downloaded plans from Woodsmith Magazine rather than starting from scratch.

Shop Vac Cyclone Cart Side View
Shop Vac Cyclone Cart Side View

I inherited the vacuum from my mother-in-law in 2003, and it is still going strong. I cut down the existing host to run between the vac and the cyclone, and bought two lengths of host for the business end of the cyclone so I don't have to roll it around the shop too much. (2/2019)

Vac Cart Modification
Vac Cart Modification

I made a minor change to the cart by adding an power cord and outlet. I added an outlet and cord wind on both sides of the upright to wind the cart cord and the vac cord. My thought at the time was I could roll the cart over and use the outlet for orbital sanders and other smaller tools. It turned out to be more of a pain than a help so I just used an extension cord on the tools. (2/2019)

Remote Power
Remote Power

The on-board outlet turned out to be convenient for use with a remote electrical switch. I keep the remote in my apron pocket so I can start and stop the vac without having to walk over to it every time I used a tool. I still have to move the hose around, but since the hose is fairly long I can leave the vac out of the way in a corner. (4/2019)

 
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