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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
Discountable Yes
4.4 / 5.0
872 Reviews
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First one was broken when delivered. Rockler promptly replaced it. Thanks.
February 17, 2020
1 month ago
Rocker dust separates.
Works great, barely any sawdust goes into the vacuum cleaner at all, well priced, and worth the money.
February 17, 2020
4 weeks ago
Woodworking Experience:
Works perfectly. No need to empty out my shop vac.
February 16, 2020
1 month ago
Woodworking Experience:
perfect for small shop
As with everything I buy these days I research everything. This dust right had lots of good reviews. I have a small shop and needed something for dust collection other than my shop vac. The price was right it was easy to assemble and rolls well. Just an all around good product. I figured if it came from Rockler you can't go wrong. Thank you for so many great products that Rockler carry's.
February 16, 2020
1 month ago
Woodworking Experience:
Good asset to the workshop
easy to put into use. Collects tons of sawdust.
February 7, 2020
1 month ago
Woodworking Experience:
Working great
February 6, 2020
1 month ago
I really enjoy my Dust Right. I have a small shop and it works great .
January 29, 2020
1 month ago
Woodworking Experience:
power is KING
great product. if you have a powerful shop vac. i bought a 6.5 Rigid Vac its got enough power. my 2.5 hp Stanley was not enough
January 29, 2020
2 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
It works
This thing works great.
January 23, 2020
1 month ago
Woodworking Experience:
Love it works great !!! Should have bought this years Ago well worth the money
January 15, 2020
2 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
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Why did you choose this?
Rockler Store
need to increase vacuum filter life.
Stanley Z on Feb 12, 2020
I need this
Tom A on Feb 8, 2020
need to increase vacuum filter life.
Stanley Z on Feb 12, 2020
accessory for track saw and shop vac
DAVID A on Feb 8, 2020
I need this
Tom A on Feb 8, 2020
It is a great deal. I have been looking at other units and could not pass this offer up.
Dennis on Feb 7, 2020
seemed like a fair price,hope i'm right
leonard h on Feb 5, 2020
A must have for any shop to preserve your portable vacuum filter and maintain its performance.
William L A on Feb 5, 2020
It works and it saves on the filters/ easy setup. great product.
Daryl H on Jan 24, 2020
separate the 'chunks' and give my shop vac filter more life
Peter G on Jan 24, 2020
Consumer ratings
Rick F on Jan 21, 2020
Liked the idea of my shop vacuum not having to be emptied as often.
Kenneth M on Jan 20, 2020
expanding my shop to accommodate more frequent projects.
Steven G on Jan 20, 2020
Seen reviews, been wanting one for awhile now. Also on you tube guys have recommended it and states how good it works.
Debra R on Jan 20, 2020
Reviews and minimal space
Michael S on Jan 18, 2020
Good price<br />Good reviews<br />👍
Goldawg on Jan 16, 2020
Trying to safe my vac filter.
Sale Price.
David K on Jan 4, 2020
Was recommended to me by a neighbor
Richard M on Jan 3, 2020
to assist with wood planer and save on vac filters. Plus its larger size.
JR on Jan 2, 2020
I already have one, so I'm adding another for other machines
Robert M on Jan 2, 2020
Need to improve my shop vac's operation, good review in Fine Woodworkiing
Michael P on Dec 24, 2019
to improve air flow
Al D on Dec 18, 2019
Husband requested it
Laura A on Dec 16, 2019
Gift for Al
Al M on Dec 15, 2019
My son wanted this for Christmas.
Steven T on Dec 13, 2019
I have been thinking of this for a while. This way I can ease the burden on the filters for my shop vac and have an easier time of emptying the canister into my backyard fire pit.
Roland B on Dec 9, 2019
On sale. I’ve wanted one for some time.
Gary H on Dec 2, 2019
Husband wanted this for Christmas
Carlena J on Dec 2, 2019
Awesome price and larger capacity!
Cristina M on Dec 2, 2019
Good price!
John Paul M on Dec 2, 2019
on sale
Michael S on Dec 2, 2019
Son in law wanted this for xmas
Carolyn G on Dec 2, 2019
sturdy, high capacity, 2-stage, sale price, color, reviews
BOB M on Dec 2, 2019
had to go to a smaller shop and this looks like it will fit the bill
jerry t on Dec 2, 2019
Reduce the cost of buying filter bags
Max B on Dec 2, 2019
good price,on sale
George A on Dec 2, 2019
Great sale price.
Mike R on Dec 2, 2019
Reviews of the product
Mark A on Dec 2, 2019
To help keep make it easier to keep my shop clean
Jim Y on Dec 2, 2019
Seems to be exactly what I need and the price is the best anywhere.
Kelvin F on Dec 2, 2019
Good deal and will help with not plugging up my filter on the wet dry vac.
Victor B on Dec 1, 2019
I use one at work and love it. Now I wanted one for home use
Luis C on Dec 1, 2019
Good Quality, Good Price
Ralph H on Dec 1, 2019
o eliminate the need and expense of consuming air filters on my shop vac... and to increase suction by not clogging the filter on the shop vac
Ric on Dec 1, 2019
Needed to cut down on vacuum filter cleaning
Albert F on Dec 1, 2019
larger than 5 gallon. but not too big
jon g on Dec 1, 2019
Christmas Gift
Jean B on Dec 1, 2019
For wood shop use
Jordan S on Dec 1, 2019
Works very well. Needed a second one.
Kris C on Dec 1, 2019
filters kept clogging
marvin k on Nov 30, 2019
read an article in a magazine on this an was very good
dale v on Nov 30, 2019
accessory for track saw and shop vac
DAVID A on Feb 8, 2020
It is a great deal. I have been looking at other units and could not pass this offer up.
Dennis on Feb 7, 2020
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 recently purchased the Dust Right Separator and connected it to a new 16 gallon vac with 7.25 Hp motor. I use with with a miter saw, small sander, router and band saw and other small electric hand tools. The system works well for me. You just need to keep an eye on how fast the separator is filling up. I have not had any problems but have learned not to let the separator fill much beyond about 1/2 before I empty it out. I really like my Dust Right Separator and wish I had purchased one earlier. Good luck with your system.
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
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.
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.
sawblade on May 19, 2015
BEST ANSWER: It is approx. 27" tall with an 18" diameter
Will this work with a 3.25 hp vac?
edcoba on Jan 13, 2020
BEST ANSWER: It works with any size vac really. It is a mostly airtight canister that just lets the heavier particles drop in the bucket so the CFM are roughly the same as without the separator.

I use a 3.25 hp shop vac with this separator and it works great.
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.
I have a rockler wall vac #44179. Please advise the adaptors/hose(s) required to pair them correctly?
Louis I on Mar 22, 2017
BEST ANSWER: There seems to be not instructions on how to put this together can you please advise.
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.
how do i know which is in and out or does it not matter which hose goes to which port on the separator?
Dave L on Jan 14, 2020
BEST ANSWER: It shouldn't matter as long as the elbows are installed correctly. It is very easy to set up and will make intuitive sense when you see it.
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.
How big around is this?
My shop on Feb 22, 2019
BEST ANSWER: The diameter is 17 inches.
Do the 2 blue portions lock somehow? Whenever, I turn on the vacuum, the bottom is sucked up and the container collapses into itself due to the suction. Thinking about using tape or PVC glue if I can’t figure it out.
JR B on Jan 12, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Yes they do lock together. Be sure the top half is turned the right way. No tape or glue needed.
I'm considering the Oneida Dust deputy and this Rockler unit. Anyone have experience with both? Pros/cons?
Anthony B on Oct 21, 2019
BEST ANSWER: I’m very happy with it. It keeps my shop vac cleaner and I don’t really need to empty the bag. The canister is easy to empty works well in my garage. I have a long expandable hose from Rockler that I can easily move between tools. The canister stays stationary for me in my garage.
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 just purchased the dust separator today.

I just purchased a dust separator today. For 1 hour I tried separating the top from the bottom. I tried everyway I could think of and it has moved about 1" and looks like it has been through a war. Can someone please tell me if there is a secret to taking these apart? It looks like whoever put them together pushed the inside piece so deep it will not come out. I think the top has a crack in it now. maybe Gorilla tape will hold it together. if the store was still open I would take it back now.
Doug H on May 6, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I am not sure I completely understand your problem. I do hope you got this worked out. My tank was in two pieces. The top was in the base. You have to separate them to then put them together. Once they are together I don't think that they are to come apart. At first I thought one slid in place to the other... not so.
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!
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