I Made My Own Gas Vacuum for Crevicing

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I Made My Own Gas Vacuum for Crevicing

Post by Admin on Sun Nov 29, 2015 6:15 pm

Hey Gold Adventurers...

Several years back I built my own 2-cycle gas vac.  I found a used leaf blower at a garage sale for $5.  The guy said "last I used it, it ran"...  O.K.  Maybe.  At least it turned over when you pulled the cord.

I tore the whole engine apart, cleaned & lubed it.

The got a 5-gal bucket and a do it yourself vacuum kit and hose kit and put it all together.  I got it running, amazingly and it even sucked up rocks, sand and gravel at full throttle!

Here's some pics:







Here's a short video of me using it in High Colorado to vacuum up the last 5% of material on top of decomposing granite bedrock in my favorite dry gulch:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LTn_BEohkCA

Bottom line:  It worked O.K., but not great.  The fine dust quickly clogged the paper filter inside to protect the plastic impeller.  After removing the paper all I had was a soft foam filter.  It definitely didn't clog, but also let a lot of dirt & dust thru, which eventually wore the plastic impeller down to the point it wouldn't create suction... All totaled up I probably had $65 dollars into my effort.

Hope you effort works better!

Randy  "C-17A"  Smile
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Re: I Made My Own Gas Vacuum for Crevicing

Post by russau on Wed Dec 02, 2015 9:13 am

yep I also made my own vac.. I like to make things! I never used it and ended up giving it to a friend in Western Misery.

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