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I have an old Shopsmith dust collector, which is really just a shop vac. I've had it since the early 1980's. Shopsmith no longer supports it.

The original foam filter has degenerated. Does anyone know an alternative for the filter? Any suggestions?


Janet Brewer

Post #69981 by beeg » Mon Jun 28, 2010 11:09 am

[color="Blue"]Have ya looked at other brands of foam filters?[/color]


SS 500(09/1980), DC3300, jointer, bandsaw, belt sander, Strip Sander, drum sanders,molder, dado, biscuit joiner, universal lathe tool rest, Oneway talon chuck, router bits & chucks and a De Walt 735 planer,a #5,#6, block planes. ALL in a 100 square foot shop.


Other brands

Post #69982 by onyxoryx » Mon Jun 28, 2010 11:26 am

I haven't looked at other brands yet. I was hoping someone could tell me what might fit.

Janet Brewer

Shopmate Filter

Post #69983 by stephen_a._draper » Mon Jun 28, 2010 11:29 am

If you contact Shop-Vac, they can tell you which of their filters to buy to fit your unit. I own the same unit.


Shopsmith Mark V 500, planer, bandsaw, jointer, belt sander. Grizzly central dust collection 6" PVC trunk.
Stephen A. Draper
Bellevue Nebraska

Contact Shop-Vac

Post #69984 by onyxoryx » Mon Jun 28, 2010 11:36 am

I have submitted a support request to Shop-Vac. Thanks for the suggestion.

Janet Brewer

Post #70149 by keakap » Wed Jun 30, 2010 8:32 pm

If Shop-Vac comes thru for you, you may as well ask if the optional cloth pre-filter and heavy wire cage is still available for your unit.
I too have the ShopSmith Shopmate DCS (AE0133) and got it with the optional filter. It was worth the extra cost, as the foam filter doesn't get beat up as much and is still in fine shape (as of a week ago).
The unit as is with the both filters performs far better than 'just' a shop vac (I haven't needed another system yet). I think the ShopMate was a bit ahead of its time.

Good luck!


Mark V 520, Power-Pro!; Speed Reducer; B/S; Jointer; ShopMate DCS; SS Tenon Master; Rip-Strate; Incra; BCTW; DW734; var. SS sanding systems; Wood River;

Post #70151 by keakap » Wed Jun 30, 2010 8:53 pm

Just a thought, in case the Shop-Vac people can't help (although the "Foam Sleeve" 95-85-00 looks promising), perhaps a 'regular' vacuum cleaner filter bag could be adapted. The filter cage is no doubt too large for a typical bag input "valve", but one could cut a hole in a bag and zip-tie it to the cage frame. Might actually be better than the foam.
And dang, I might try it myself...

Could you let us know if Shop-Vac comes through?


Mark V 520, Power-Pro!; Speed Reducer; B/S; Jointer; ShopMate DCS; SS Tenon Master; Rip-Strate; Incra; BCTW; DW734; var. SS sanding systems; Wood River;

shopmate dust collector model ae-0134

Post #116596 by benchguy » Wed Apr 25, 2012 10:00 pm

Another comment to add: You can cut the legs off a pair of women's panty hose (knot the legs at the "body part") and pull the hose up over the paper filter & secure with the rubber band. It will add extra life to your filter. Suction still is excellent.

Post #116624 by aloibl » Thu Apr 26, 2012 4:07 pm

I have the same unit. I also have just a cheap Shop-vac and the paper filter from the Shop-vac does fit on the Shopsmith unit. I assume that the foam filter would also. But I will double check on that. Don't want to assume anything. I will get the information off of the shop-vac that I have when I get home this evening.


Alan - Austin, Texas

Shopsmith Mark V (1984), Bandsaw, Joiner, Belt sander, jig saw, planer, router table, biscuit jointer, Porter jig,

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