**long post alert ** woodworking problems... Dust collection is always a problem for those with smaller shops, for budget reasons or just real estate in a small area.
Any Google search on the topic will virtually always show a separate container that separates the dust particles, whether it's an expensive, dedicated unit or an ugly and time/space consuming DIY setup.
The cyclonic air flow is what separates the dust particles as they hit the sides of the container, slow down, fall to the bottom, and leave the clean air to get sucked up and prevent the filter from getting clogged.
I can't imagine that wet/dry vacuum makers aren't aware of this.
HOWEVER.... All shop vacs that I have found (all brands) always channel the debris right into the middle of the bucket (see background), and preventing a cyclone from occurring.
Angle the hose inlet to the container to send the debris to the sides of the container, creating a vortex within the bucket. This, in theory, should eliminate the need for a separate, dedicated dust collector/separator with very minimal change to the design and manufacturing process.
This also would make for very easy hose storage, as it would wrap neatly around the container, as shown in the drawing. In my experience, that's NEVER really been possible and it's always super annoying. We all want an all-in-one and neatly storable unit.
@shopvaccorp @ridgidpowertools @craftsman @dewalttough @festool,
this is a freebie. Even if a Thien baffle is necessary, it should be easily achievable by making the container a little taller to accommodate the cyclone and still have space for debris below. Make it happen. And hit me up if you have feedback on the idea. Would love to see it come to life.