Makita Vacuum Filter Bucket with Locking Ring Clamp


  • Comes with Filter installed. 
  • Filter assembly can easily be removed by customer.
  • The finger guard easily installed by customer
  • Makita 4 cycle engine – no mixing of gas and oil
  • Includes Commercial low loss vacuum hose – 8ft 
  • Runs a full hour on one tank (0.52 L) of gas
  • Pulls 14.5 Inches of H2O vacuum
  • 230 CFM airflow with 8ft of hose
  • Ideal for operating the Holey-Moley Diggers without electricity
  • Light Weight 23 pounds with 8ft of low loss vacuum hose
  • See Made for the prospector a Quick Summary below

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Makita Vacuum Filter Bucket with Locking Ring Clamp

This unique Gasoline Powered Vacuum Filter Bucket uses a Locking Ring Clamp for easy on/off attachment of the Makita Engine and filter assembly onto 7 gallon bucket. In contrast to most shop vacuums. Cat 6 Tools fabs this Makita Vacuum Filter Bucket which is the most powerful and most efficient portable gas powered vacuum filter bucket available. The power horse for this filter bucket is a reliable Makita 4 cycle Gas Engine that pulls an amazing airflow rate of 230 CFM through 8ft of our 2-1/2″ Commercial Grade Low Loss Vacuum Hose. This vacuum filter bucket provides more capacity, up to a full 6 gallons, compared than standard 5 gallon buckets.

Exceptional airflow

Consequently this unit exceeds the flow rate of most home shop vacuums. In addition this system can lift 0.44 pounds of gravel in 1.44 minutes which translates to 0.42 pounds of gravel a second.  This system will easily suck dirt and gravel out of a 4 foot hole for fence posts. The most unique feature of this vacuum bucket is the side tangential inlet.  The smooth tangential inlet eliminates the clogging that results when moist materials, especially soils enter typical 90 degree deflectors on most vacuums.  In addition, liquid or dust can easily be poured out of the bucket as there is no Gamma Lid adapter on the top of the bucket that can prevent fine gold sands from getting caught. In addition, the durable locking ring clamp is much easier to install and remove than the Gamma Lid.

7 Gallon Vacuum Bucket with 4-cycle Makita engine, tangential inlet and ring clamp


Also available is the Gamma Lid engine mount vacuum bucket unit shown below.  This is the Makita Gasoline Powered Vacuum Filter Bucket.

Makita 4 cycle engine powered vacuum, vacuum filter bucket 7 gal. includes 8 feet of low loss vacuum hose.

The attaching ring clamp for the engine assembly allows for 360 rotation of the engine assembly.

For a tight seal a unique UN Rated Lock Ring Clamp provides the clamping power needed to seal the plate gasket against the rim of the plastic bucket for a strong vacuum seal.   The chemical resistant gasket stands up to many liquids that might might come into contact with the tight bucket gasket seal.   What sets this ring clamp and metal plate attachment above other buckets is the ability to rotate the engine to direct the exhaust over 360 degrees.  This allows for the engine exhaust to be directed away from the operator.


UN Rated Lever Lock Ring Clamp


Filter assembly and Makita 4-cycle engine mounted on bucket metal plate with locking ring clamp.


Comes with Finger Guard and Makita 4 cycle engine on 7 gallon bucket lid plate with locking ring clamp.


Makita 4 cycle engine shown on metal plate with locking ring clamp for 7 gallon plastic bucket.

Made for the prospector – Quick Summary

This vacuum system is made for prospectors now under more stringent environmental restrictions.  Instead of discharging dust directly into the atmosphere, the filters are available for every need.  From sponge filters to high efficiency particulate air HEPA filters.  One might think that the filters easily clog.  However, Cat 6 Tools engineering provides for this with a tangential super cyclonic inlet that spins particles to the bottom of the bucket where they drop out of the air before it is discharged through the filter.  Many prospectors are experiencing such good filtration with the tangential inlet that they can operate with only the finger guard on the engine.

Besides the excellent unrestricted airflow, the tangential inlet provide highly efficient cyclonic action that decreases filter clogging when you need it.

Furthermore, many see the filter as an advantage as it doesn’t restrict airflow. Yet it is in place when that dry dust enters the vacuum.  The advantages are many, including the an increase in efficiency with the tangential inlet that provides for more airflow over standard available prospector vacuums. And to add to collection efficiency, the Ring Clamp and Lid are completely removable to prevent edges from collecting on the inside lip as is typical with Gamma Lids.

Cat 6 Tools, cuts no corners in our engineering for excellence.  Our mounting plate is 0.080 inch aluminum plate that resists corrosion.  The stainless, replaceable nuts and screws just add to the many attributes of this vacuum system. To top is off, the mounting kit, makes it a piece of cake to replace nearly all parts.  If that isn’t enough, the 7 gallon bucket, provides a full 6 gallons of capacity if you need it.


  • High efficiency tangential (side mounted) includes an inlet for standard 2-1/2″ shop vacuum hoses.

  • A full 6 gallons capacity compared to 5 gallon alternatives.

  • 1/8″ mounting plate with long life durable powder coat.

  • High Airflow rate via tangential inlet for added performance.

  • Air Filter to minimize environmental dust hazard.

  • 5 Different Filters Available

  • Finger Guard can easily replace filter assembly.

  • Makita blower is not modified and can easily be put back into factory condition in minutes.

  • Easily replaceable parts

  • More flow rate means collect more gold

There is more!

The Makita BHX2500CA runs 1 hour on a tank of gas

The Makita engine will run approximately one hour on a tank of gas.   In addition, the tank holds 0.52 Liters (17.6 fl oz).  Cat 6 Tools, LLC recommends using ethanol free gas, available from hardware stores.  As a result, this will extend the life of the carburetor components.  In addition, we recommend running the tank and carburetor dry for storage.,  Lastly, it will then easily start by putting in new gas if using automobile gas or ethanol free gas.

We use High Quality Components

Everything in this system is of the highest quality available.   The 100 mil bucket wall thickness allows this bucket to handle vacuums as high as 70 inches of water, over three times the vacuum pulled by the Makita.  In addition, the vacuum hose is the best available providing low flow losses making this vacuum bucket the best performing system on the market.

Fantastic Filter System

Even better, the tangential cyclonic inlet removes everything but the finest dust.  Even better, this system uses standard Ridgid Vacuum Filters for a wide range of filtration to fit your work environment.  This means you can choose from standard dust filters, fine dust filters to HEPA filters.  Not only that, this system is easily fitted with a standard Ridgid foam filter for wet conditions. This system does not include a float shutoff.  The full vacuum suction of this unit is nearly 15 inches of water.


Makita 4 cycle engine powered vacuum, vacuum filter bucket 7 gal. Uses Ridgid Vac filters.


The best part of this system is the Cat 6 Tools Low Loss Vacuum Hose.

You would never think that a vacuum hose would increase performance of a vacuum, however this hose, in comparison to standard 2-1/2″ corrugated shop vacuum hose, is smooth inside so material, especial fine gold particles won’t get hung up.  As a result, the smooth bore of the hose provides an increase in flow over standard hose by an astounding 20 percent.

Commercial Grade Low Loss Vacuum Hose with smooth borer 2-1/2′ OD, 2″ ID. Direct replacement for standard 2-1/2″ shop vacuum hose.


Gas Powered Tangential Inlet Bucket comes with the filter assembly

This system comes with the filter assembly.  The system comes with the finger guard ready for installation if you need it.  Because the tangential inlet provides significant cyclonic filtration, only the finer dust particles will pass through. So if you are working with damp soils or just heavy gravel, you may not need the filter.  The filter assembly is easy to replace,  just remove 4 nuts and washers, and the filter assembly comes off.  The finger guard is just as easy to install.


Tangential Vacuum Filter Bucket uses Ridgid and CleanStream filters

There are at least 5 filters available for this Tangential Inlet Filter Bucket making it the most versatile filter bucket available:

  1. 1-Layer VF4000 PleatedEvery Day Dirt 
  2. 3-Layer VF5000 Fine Dust Filter 
  3. 5 Layer VF6000 HEPA Media Filter 
  4. VF7000 Foam Wet Application Filter
  5. Gore-CleanStream – HEPA
Filter Bucket Accommodates Ridgid and CleanStream filters. 5 layer HEPA not shown.

The Best Outdoor Shop Vacuum System

Because this Gas Powered Vacuum Filter Bucket will pick up sand and gravel it also works great for cleaning up areas around holes dug with the Holey-Moley Digger.  As a result of this systems high air flow rate it is also ideal for vacuuming up loose dirt when replacing plants and for installing pavers and working with brick..

Quality Manufacturing

This 7 gallon bucket with tangential inlet is manufactured by Cat 6 Tools, LLC in Henderson, NV our location for manufacturing and selling quality equipment for over 4 years.

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Additional information

Weight 38 lbs
Dimensions 38 × 20 × 20 in


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