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Dust Right® Dust Separator

Turn your shop vacuum into a 2-stage dust extractor with the Dust Right® Separator! You don't have to spend a fortune to enjoy a cleaner, safer work environment.

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Turn any shop vacuum with a 2-1/4'' ID outlet into a 2-stage dust and chip separator. When used with most power tools and shop vacuums, the Dust Right® Separator captures sawdust, wood chips, and other debris before it enters your vacuum, preventing the loss of suction power caused by a clogged vacuum filter. The five-caster base makes it exceptionally stable and easy to maneuver around the shop. Plus, hoses connect inside the in/out ports, preventing unintentional disconnections. The Dust Right® Separator creates a cyclonic air flow that causes most wood dust particles and other materials that are heavier than air to separate, preventing them from being passed to the vacuum. The vortex effect that is created prevents the loss of suction caused by prematurely clogged filters. For use with shop vacs that are 4HP or more.

  • 10-gallon translucent bucket is easy to empty and easy to tell when it's full
  • Holds twice the capacity of competitors' products
  • Maximum performance can be expected when using the Dust Right® Separator in woodworking or general shop cleaning applications
  • Includes approximately 36'' long flex-form hose to connect to your shop vacuum
(1) Dust Right® Separator
(1) Flex-form Hose
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Brand Dust Right
Manufacturer Part Number TACB-18-2N
Weight 11.2000
4.4 / 5.0
778 Reviews
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Works amazingly well, I have no idea why it took me so long to buy one.
Works great overall but if you cut any MDF at all, you must get this. Saves me from buying new bags for vacuum, much easier to discard dust and vacuum works at full strength the whole time.
One small MDF project.
Attached to vacuum.
September 21, 2019
1 month ago
Woodworking Experience:
Great product. Works just as advertised.
September 6, 2019
2 months ago
Works as promised
Does what it promises to do. Got this on sale at a far better price than its main competitor. I was a bit surprised at the small box it came in; the plastic drum actually separates into two parts and nest inside one another. I thought that was cheap of them, to split it in two simply to save on shipping. But as it turns out, I'm moving in a month, and it will be pretty handy to collapse it down!
August 31, 2019
4 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Great for CNC
Keeps my 14 gallon shop vac clean of dust particles from my CNC machine.
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August 21, 2019
4 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
saw dust collector
using a shop vacuum was Not just a time waster, the collector just keeps sucking up waste, could not be without it now...
August 20, 2019
5 months ago
Dust Right
Good addition to the shop
August 13, 2019
3 months ago
Nicely Surprised, nice garage unit!
I have limited space in my garage and I did research on DIY dust collection ideas. This was worth every penny. I hooked up to my planer and it captured about 95% of the kick with a basic shop vac!
August 9, 2019
Woodworking Experience:
Great product
Works like I hoped it would and keeps filters clean
August 3, 2019
5 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
wORKS GREAT !!! I needed this a long time ago.
August 2, 2019
3 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Great ad on to shop vac.
Works great. Well worth the investment.
July 18, 2019
3 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
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Why did you choose this?
Rockler Store
My dad's garage is a mess...
Luke H on Oct 15, 2019
Got favorable review in Wood Magazine
Dan D on Sep 16, 2019
My dad's garage is a mess...
Luke H on Oct 15, 2019
Easy to move around & is see through
Thomas S on Oct 12, 2019
Got favorable review in Wood Magazine
Dan D on Sep 16, 2019
I am tired of unplugging my vacuum when I use my table saw a lot.
BERNARD W on Sep 5, 2019
Where is my discount??????
larry t on Aug 23, 2019
To keep from plugging up my vacuum filter every time I cleaned up the sawdust.
Glen D on Aug 19, 2019
Excellent Reviews
Ronda B on Aug 17, 2019
Bradley B on Jul 17, 2019
Great product!
Kenneth F on Jul 4, 2019
Want to save wear on my wet/dry vac & filter, plus see how full it is!
R O on Jul 3, 2019
Tired of clogging the filter on the vacuum
Steven B on Jun 17, 2019
healthier than what I've been doing
William R on Jun 16, 2019
Wanted for a long time. Help shop vac work efficiently.
Robert C on Jun 12, 2019
So do not have to clean filter so often
Les P on Jun 11, 2019
great price
Fred F on May 30, 2019
needed something to separate heavier material plus had been looking at this item and it is now on sale will give it a try
Richard D on May 30, 2019
I bought them for my husbands birthday, he chose the items, I orered them.
Therese M on May 30, 2019
Have wanted this item for a long time so when it went on sale I ordered it.
RockyD on May 30, 2019
on sale and free shipping
Fred F on May 29, 2019
on sale
Ian H on May 27, 2019
The reviews were fair to decent and the price was on sale. More weight given to the 6<br />$60 price then the reviews.
Gary P on May 27, 2019
Tired of dealing with the filter and bag on shop vac.
Bob the Builder on May 26, 2019
Nelson R on May 26, 2019
DANIEL D on May 26, 2019
Design and price
Donald B on May 24, 2019
RONALD G on May 21, 2019
need to breathe
Thomas Weaver R on May 20, 2019
Will be small enough to work in a limited space AND reduce the filter changes on the shop-vac. Jason
Jason K on May 19, 2019
I just got a shopvac and expected the filter to last longer than it did. At the cost of 2-3 filters, I am going to try this with a new filter and see how much longer the filter lasts.<br />I am concerned about how big it is as I have a small garage and bought a big 14 gal. Shopvac thinking that would be more than enough capacity but now realize I can barely get a few gallons of material in there before I start losing suction.<br /> Based on the reviews, I think this will pay for itself in no time.
SETH H on May 18, 2019
My Son-in-law revered me to you, not only good prices, but a great company to do business with. Thank you
Andrea W on May 17, 2019
Wood Working
Lin X on May 16, 2019
Looks to be the right size and right system for my small garage shop where i have to put up everything each night after working on projects to get my cars back in for the night.
Phill J on May 16, 2019
great price
bill l on May 15, 2019
good science, good price, good reviews
Donne M on May 15, 2019
Great value on sale!
Jeremy M on May 15, 2019
Save the filter on my shop vac
Mr. Brandon Johnson J on May 15, 2019
To save on my vacuum filter and time emptying.
JOHN L on May 14, 2019
I want to have one. This promotion gives me reasonable price
H E on May 14, 2019
good reviews and price
Luther W on May 13, 2019
it was on sale
Consuelo W on May 13, 2019
I wanted one and this is a very good price.
John K on May 13, 2019
Great price to go with my Ridged vac
James N on May 12, 2019
John T on May 11, 2019
Based on reviews. Shop vac filter plugs up too fast.
Jim on May 11, 2019
I needed one
Alberto D on May 11, 2019
Great price.
Mikel B on May 10, 2019
Need for small shop and it’s on sale!
Nick L on May 10, 2019
Wanted a Separator and at $40 off this was a great deal!
DOUG L on May 10, 2019
On Sale
Robert G on May 10, 2019
I already have two of these. Rather than run long hoses, I like to place these close to my shop machines. Plus, it expands time between having to empty each one.
Gary M on May 9, 2019
Easy to move around & is see through
Thomas S on Oct 12, 2019
I am tired of unplugging my vacuum when I use my table saw a lot.
BERNARD W on Sep 5, 2019
I presently own a 12" planer, 6" joiner, Shop Smith, 14" band saw, 12" bench top drill press, plus several smaller hand held power tools, e.g. - sander, plate joiner, router. If I coupled the Dust Right Separator to let's say a 14/16 gallon shop vacuum, would this combination be adequate for most/all of the above mentioned machines ? Reason I ask is simply I own an older Delta m/n-50-179 dust collector, 580cfm which I,m not sure if it's still in production, and also it can be a real beast to have to empty( both barrel & bag) on occasion. Would greatly appreciate an answer, since casting off the Delta(runs fine-But) I could sure free up some space in my small garage shop. P.S. My 15year old shop vac needs to retire too. Thank You. Roger.
Roger P on May 26, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I don't see why not. The variables that will determine how well it will work are the power of the shop vac and the length of the hose runs.
Can you use the seperator with a harbor freight dust collector?
cfry11 on Sep 17, 2015
BEST ANSWER: This separator is recommended for vacuums only. It is too small to use with dust collectors which use 4" hose size.
Can you use this as a first stage in a standard dust collection system? I believe there is a 4 inch hose.
Richard B on Apr 16, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Yes, as the first stage holds the bulky waste. It come with a 4” hose for connecting the vacuum to collector and then the vacuum hose connects to the collector than to your tool or saw.
Is there a common bag that will fit inside?
Russell P on Jan 17, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I really don’t think you need one. It is really easy to empty.
What size vacuum is needed in order for the dust right separator to work properly ??
Gary S on May 14, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I have a wall mount craftsman shop vac works fine go to local hardware store and buy the adapters to make them fit
sawblade on May 19, 2015
BEST ANSWER: It is approx. 27" tall with an 18" diameter
I have a shop vac with a smaller diameter hose, can this item be used with that?
Kevin T on Sep 2, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Yes it can, try Lowes or Home Depot which ever one sells the shop vac accessories.
There has to be an easier way of removing the top to empty the dust collector. I struggle with it each time I have to empty it. Does anyone have a solution for this?
Richard on Apr 21, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The wheels on the bottom don't allow for it to remain stationary to twist. I have to use my legs to straddle it from the side. Perhaps a longer 2x4 under the wheels to keep it from twisting while removing the top.
I recently purchased the Dust Right Separator, but the two hose connections ( Part F) to the plastic top do not fit securely - what am I doing wrong?
Scott M on May 27, 2018
BEST ANSWER: My vacuum hoses fit tight in the top ports. Some vac hoses seem a bit undersize. I use some duct tape on the smaller inserts, and they fit snug.
Could this work with a buffing machine?
Lucas W on Mar 17, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I don’t think it would be beneficialEnter an answer to this question.
Can A GARBAGE BAG be used instead of transferring waste?
sa l on Jan 26, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes this is what i do. craftsman liners work great.
Can this be set stationary with the vacuum and hook to a 2-inch line down the wall?
max16x2000 on Sep 7, 2019
BEST ANSWER: yes, rockler has a strapping accessory that will hold the separator to the vacuum
I'm a small shop guy, thinking I can use this, but I want to make sure I have the correct or best recommended shop vacuum that will make this system work best. What Shop Vac Spec's should I aim for?
gary m on Nov 5, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I used a shop vac, vacuum, it was a 12gallon 5 model, 2 and a quarter standard tube. The vac is simple and has served me well for over 12 yrs with out a problem. I used the Dust Right Separator for only a short while, with the suggested purchased attachments. It worked fine although with a planer it filled up fast. I am looking at purchasing a larger chip system.
Why am I getting shocked when cleaning up dust with this separator? It doesn't happen if I just use the shop vac.
JoelO on Apr 22, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Joel, type this into your favorite web search engine: “dust extraction static”. Your shop vacuum is likely grounded and/or does not spin the debris enough to generate a static charge. The separator is all about the spin and can generate a lot of static in the right circumstances. To stop static, you need to ground the vacuum hose you are using. Wrap a bare wire around the hose along its entire length a few coils and then grounf it close by your separator.
How big around is this?
My shop on Feb 22, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Keep forgetting to measure when I have been out in the shop. Less than a 24" diameter . I would say maybe 18"
Would this work to separate dust and reclaim blasting medium with a sand blaster?
Carol K on Jun 11, 2019
BEST ANSWER: It separates about 99% of sawdust (in my experience) when attached to a shop vac.
Does this come in a 4-inch version?
Strauss on May 17, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Not that I’m aware of.
What is the dia. & height of the can without the casters?
ALPILOL on May 30, 2018
BEST ANSWER: 23" to the top of the hose connections without casgtors and 21" dia.
DOes this work in conjunction with the wall mounted Dust Right Collector?
Ray on Apr 29, 2018
BEST ANSWER: it will work with any vacume system to filter out large debri before it hits the filter. my 10 hp shop vac and the 5hp shop vac filters last for a week or more of heavy use... without it.. the filter lasts a couple minutes
Does it work with ridge and craftsman shop vacs ?
robert s on Apr 12, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I use my separator with the Craftsman Shop/Wet Vac with no issues. Not sure about ridge?
Do you have a dust right separator that connect to 4” hoses?
Richard K on Mar 14, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Mine is connected to my shop vac but with an adapter you could make it a 4” hose!
Can anyone tell if this "Dust Separator" collecting well fine dust such as dust from sanders? I know most of them work very well with dust such as wood chips or shaving or any other heavy dust so they stay in the bottom of the bucket and not going up to the hoover...
Sergiy V on Feb 21, 2018
BEST ANSWER: It works very well on all types of dust and chips. I do have to clean the vacuum filter each time I fill the separator tank. I would say at least 85 percent of all dust ends up in the separator. I highly recommend this product.
I understand that vacuum that has a 4" hose will likely suck the dust out of the separator, thereby limiting its usefulness. However, will such a vacuum also suck larger debris such as wood chips from a planer or router, small chunks of wood, or shreds of metal from the separator? Also, could the suction be reduced by use of gates in the hose that can be open and close and allowing air into the hose sufficient to reduce the suction to a degree that the vacuum would not suck the dust out of the separator? Household vacuums often have such a gate in the hose to reduce the suction for cleaning drapes and such things.
pjnnow on Sep 5, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Good questions, if you haven’t purchased this yet you should. This unit does the job better than the others. Unless you are building up about 50lbs of sawdust a day then this isn’t for you. This is great for the weekenders. I’ve used this and there is a limit when it is not effective and that’s when it’s filled past the limit line or about 15-20lbs of sawdust. Gates can be used but if you have an Industrial type of wood shop it would be best for you to purchase the large centrifuge with the large plastic bag on the bottom.
I would need this to fir under workbench that has 32" clearance...... what is the overall height with hoses connected ?
Ken A on Nov 24, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Can't be under 32 inches unles you use a 90 degree elbow on the inlet side (not included). These things are awesome! I have 2 of them and they double the life on you vacuum filter!
I bought a Vortex from Rockler. It has a 2-1/2 " port and my shop vac has a 2-1/4" port. Do you have an adapter so I can use the Vortex with the shop vac?
Warren G on Nov 3, 2015
BEST ANSWER: No no but you should be able to shop around and find something that will adopt if not just keep wrapping a piece of tape around the two and a quarter inch hose until you get to the desired thickness
It seems I have more chips and dust in my Ridgid Vac than in the blue separator???????
George on May 25, 2019
BEST ANSWER: I have three of the separators all seem to work very well. I haven't noticed a lot of blow by into the vac. Can't tell you why you are seeing this.
Can you use the Dust Right Dust Separator along with the Dust Right
Lathe Dust Collection
System with a 3.5 Gallon
Jay A on Apr 28, 2019
Does anyone know what the adapters that come with it for the in and out ports are made of? I am making an adapter to go into my vacuum and using PVC pipe. I do not believe the adapters are PVC or ABS so looking to what kind of bonding glue may work with them...
Derek on Feb 25, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Derek, I believe they are some sort of polystyrene. As far as sizing goes, they are a bit different than standard pvc/abs fittings. However, since there is wall thickness differences between plastic pressure fittings and plastic DWV fittings you might be able to use a combination of the two to get where you need to be. Also consider Fernco flexible couplings. Most home centers have them. Good luck.
Could I use this with my dewalt 735 with no vacuum and put some type filter on the outlet of the bucket?
Miles C on Jan 2, 2019
BEST ANSWER: No, it does not provide any suction on it’s own. The ShopVac is what provides the suction.
Does this work for vacuuming wet, too?
Itay N on Oct 28, 2018
BEST ANSWER: This separator isn’t suited for wet IMO. It separates the larger wood particles from the smaller particles before they reach your shop vac, helping to reduce the volume that goes in your shop vac. I believe any moisture would bind all the particles together.
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