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    would a Dust Deputy or vacuum-attached mini cyclone do the trick?

    A 50mm elephant-hose wouldn't get too clogged and the DD would capture all (most?) the juices

    Is there a solution that gutter cleaning people use?

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    One problem I find with my vac when sucking up twigs/bark/leaves is that sooner or later a stiff twig will get caught cross the (32mm) hose and the the rest of the junk piles up against it and blocks the hose. if this is not attended to quickly a meter or so of hose can become jammed before I notice it. it rarely gets blocked with wood lathe curlies or similar probably because wooden curlies are a bit more flexible.

    The same thing happens when I suck up metal swarf when usually is a long stiff curly. Unblocking is not easy - running in reverse (go from suck to blow) works occasionally but I find I often have to resort to one of my 6m lengths of 12mm mild steel rod to clear the blockage. A bigger hose should reduce the chances of blockage in the hose but blockages could still occur between the hose and the entry port to the vac although at least the blockage is then at one end of the hose and somewhat easier to get at .

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    buy a cheap ozito throw away. I forgot my vac on a job and ran to bunnings and bought a $50 baby wet vac and it does ok. for $50 you can use and abuse it and not care

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Spin Doctor View Post
    buy a cheap ozito throw away. I forgot my vac on a job and ran to bunnings and bought a $50 baby wet vac and it does ok. for $50 you can use and abuse it and not care

    I'd care. Even at $50 I would still expect it to outperform a Festool.

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    For those following along, SpinDoctor was on the money.

    I looked at Pooper Scoopers, but the more robust versions can be expensive-ish, and it's basically just tongs on a stick. Gonna be hard to dredge up silt with that. I did jerry rig something using an $8 grabber arm from bunnings (5 minute epoxied some scrap sheet metal pads to make a 'claw'). Worked okay for leaves and bark, but not great on silt and small stones.

    So I grabbed the 20L Ozito wet/dry vac for $80. It worked like an absolute champ. Plenty of power, and no trouble sucking the junk out of all the pits. Messy job, but cleanup wasn't too bad. I think this is a job I need to do twice a year for 4 pits around the house. Glad to have a cheap tool dedicated to the job.

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    �� They actually have really strong suction. Like all the cheap chinese stuff the switch will probably last less than a year, but I'll hard wire it and turn it on/off at the wall.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Spin Doctor View Post
    �� They actually have really strong suction. Like all the cheap chinese stuff the switch will probably last less than a year, but I'll hard wire it and turn it on/off at the wall.
    I found my Ryobi wet and dry vac by the side of the road about 10 years ago and I reckon it was probably ~10 years old at the time. It had a broken filter holder which I replaced with a 150mm PVC DWV end cap, a piece of threaded black PE irrigation pipe and screw cap. Filter was badly clogged so I eventually replaced it but everything else works fine on it. I used for purposes for which I seriously doubt it was intended (sucking up wet metal swarf that get flicked onto the floor by my MW lathe, mill and DP) but that doesn't seem to bother it. I was worried that sucking up metal sHavings would puncture the filter but on checking it with my Particle counter it still seems OK.

    The switch is indeed problematic - difficult to turn on/off but its been like that since i got it.

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