Makita has come out with a new cyclonic vacuum attachment (199553-5) that works with their cordless hand vacs, but it could also potentially be used with other vacuums.
They say that it captures up to 90% of dust particles, which helps to “reduce the need to empty vacuum main canister/filter by up to 84%.”
It can be rotated or repositioned, in case you need to use the vacuum in tight spaces.
Here, it’s shown being used with the Makita 18V XLC02ZB cordless vacuum ($79 on Amazon), which has a 1.3 pint dust-holding capacity.
While the capacity of the cyclonic attachment is “only” 400ml, it is far easier and quicker to empty and clean than the main canister, which can be a longer process.
The new Makita cyclonic vacuum attachment seems to be a convenient add-on. It’s an inline unit, and from the looks of it, using it couldn’t be any simpler.
Part of me is focused on its low capacity. But on the other hand, it’s going to be easier to clean than the main vacuum canister. In general, cleaning the filters of bagless hand vacuums can be tedious, and you often cannot find a replacement in a pinch, you have to order them online. This attachment, and others like it, help to reduce the wear on filters, and that’s a good thing.
Festool’s new large vac cyclonic seperator is available with additional containers and lids, with the idea that you can take multiple volumes of dust with you, to dispose of off-site. Maybe you can do the same here, if the batteries allow for it, and you find a way to cap the inlet and outlet. That might get costly, though. Or you can rinse one out, and have a clean and dry one for the next job. Just thinking aloud here.
At the very least, the cyclonic attachment gives you a quicker emptying process. At best, it could improve suction efficiency, by helping to prolong the quality and cleanliness of the main filter.
It seems like a good idea. Would you use it?