Even when I’m trying to get on with my work, it seems the courier guys are hell-bent on delivering something that will disrupt my working day… I’ve just taken delivery of a Triton DCA300 Dust Collection Bucket; something I’ve been talking about buying for months:
I managed to get it for less than £24 delivered – it was listed as a Used item at Amazon.co.uk but, in “As New” condition, which simply meant that it didn’t arrive in the original packaging. I have double-checked though and everything is complete and in tact. Having signed up for a thirty-day trial of their new Prime service as well, the item arrived next-day at no extra cost. 😎
So, that was good on both accounts. Though, I’m not sure I’ll be paying the best part of £50 to extend this new service for another twelve-months… I barely use Amazon as it is and, the WikiLeaks problems at the beginning of this year (which, I presume, lead to an attempted hijack of the funds in my bank account) had almost deterred me from ever using them again (…Until I saw this offer! 🙄 ;-)). If you activate a trial period of the Prime service yourself, do be aware that, if you don’t cancel it in time, they will automatically charge you for the continuation!
No manual is supplied with this kit – because everything you need to know is printed around the perimeter of the bucket! It’s almost a shame that more of our tools can’t be like this.
You get both a short and a long hose, plus the necessary connectors to fit them in to the hood of the bucket and also, to connect your hose. This is straightforward in itself however, I was disappointed to find that there’s no option to connect to two hoses together. Where I currently have it set up in my workshop, it won’t quite reach power tools at the far right-hand end of my workbench. So, if I cannot find another suitable hose, I may have to look at either repositioning the dust bucket (which may simply create more issues) or, running it in to a simple plumbed-in system, with a length of 40mm pipe, say, running underneath the ceiling joists.
You get a pair of valves to use for the longer hose and it’s a simple case of closing one and opening the other. I’d assume that the reason they put two valves on here is to do with the Triton Workcentre where, in table saw mode, you may want one hose underneath the saw blade and another on top, collecting directly from the crown guard. But then, you still only have the one hose as the second connector is used to plug your ‘shop vacuum in the centre of the hood.
I can also see there being an issue with the connector [sorry, I’ll try to take a photo, later.] that plugs in to the outlet on your tools. It has an inside diameter of 32mm and, while this fits both my biscuit jointer and belt sander just fine (both of which are Makita), I can already see that it’s not going to fit every tool I own. But then, this is a common issue found with most vacuums and HPLV extractors and is certainly not an isolated incident with the Triton DCA300.
About a month ago, I bought a brand-new cartridge filter for my Nilfisk-Alto vacuum and, in order to keep this in better condition than the old one (which was passed on to a friend, at no cost), I have actually been using the supplied dust collection bags for the first time since I bought the thing! I hate throwing the things away and they’re a real pain to empty. But, as I also use this vacuum to clean my home now and, to their credit, they do keep the main filter clean, they have been necessary. I wanted to quickly see how effective the new dust bucket would be so, I set up a test operation to remove all the waste (dust, wood chips and hair!) from the bag that was very nearly full.
A good amount of fine dust will find its home on the underside of the lid. According to the instructions, you can free most of this by banging on top of the lid with your hand. Any stubborn particles left behind though, would have to be removed by another means (vacuum, brush or by scraping).
What did impress me though, was just how little fine dust had made its way through to the vacuum after cleaning the entire bag. There’s hardly anything in here at all, which is exactly what you want. Anything like this would normally be collected by the bag, anyway.
Currently, this is where the dust bucket resides, having just moved in to my workshop. A video tour [Coming soon!!] would make this much clearer but, while it has good access to some of my fine-dust-producing machines (bandsaw, disc sander), I have to move my table saw, router table and bobbin sander across the workshop. Also, as I mentioned earlier; the hose won’t quite reach power tools when I’m working at the other end of my 6ft-long workbench.
My vacuum currently lives in the loft-space overhead, meaning the hose can drop down directly in to the inlet in the centre of the dust bucket’s lid. Perhaps it would also be better if I can find a space for the DCA300 up there as well? A couple of large holes would allow me to direct the hose almost anywhere and, most importantly, keep them out of my way.
Currently, I’m using a Cable Clamp to keep the vacuum’s hose (and mains lead) out of my way. I had to pre-drill it (they’re only plastic) before it could be fixed to the joist like this.
Overall, I’m impressed with the performance of the Triton Dust Bucket and I do think it will prove to be a vital addition to my workshop. I love the fact that you can visually see when its full (which is why I favoured buying over making my own from MDF). I guess I’ll have to try and see what the situation is with regards to the availability of spares in the UK or, as I said earlier, I may attempt to fit a system of simple pipework for routeing around my workshop.
You can get these for less than £40 brand-new. While we’re all more than capable of making our own drop-boxes, is it really worth the time and effort of making your own ‘drop-box‘ from an opaque, heavy material like MDF? If you hate emptying a vacuum as much as I do then, this product is certainly worth your consideration.
Thanks for reading. I hope that a Mr.Lees likes this post! 😉