DIY Gutter Vacuum
Make Your Own Professional 3000w 80L Gutter Vacuum For Under £300
When it comes to cleaning gutters gutter vacuums are great pieces of kit and are defiantly a tool you want.
The company's that sell these gutter vacuums and gutter cleaning poles charge an absolute fortune and not everyone is fortunate enough or just doesn't fancy spending £1000+ on a vacuum to clean gutters.
We constantly see people asking for cheaper alternatives to the gutter vacuums that are available on the market and many people ask weekly on the cleaning facebook pages and cleaning forums if people have ever made there own gutter vacuum.
So we have put together a list of all the bits you will need to make your own DIY gutter vacuum thats is just as good as some of the main brands.
We made our own DIY gutter vacuum 3 years ago now, it gets used at least 3 times a week and still it's going strong.
All the items listed below are the items we have used/purchased from amazon to make our own gutter vacs.
Let's get to it,
GUTTER VACUUM 3000W 80L
First off you will need a 3000w wet vac, the one we use is a -
MAXBLAST Industrial Wet & Dry Vacuum Cleaner & Attachments, Powerful 3000W, 80 Litre, Stainless Steel
For professional cleaning on a commercial scale, you'll need an industrial vacuum cleaner with a powerful motor that can take on anything!
From the MAXBLAST range these vacuums glide round wet and dry surfaces making them the ideal item for your cleaning company, Tackling the toughest of dirt these cleaners can get rid of dirt, dust, pet hair and spillages from carpets or hard floors.
• Great for wet and dry vacuuming.
• 80 litre capacity.
• Vacuum nozzle attachment helps to glide around corners.
• Vacuum bags help to capture dust making cleaning easier and keeping the dry waste wall compact.
80L Vacuum Cleaner:
• Dimensions: 58.5cm wide x 57.3cm deep x 99cm high
• Voltage: 240V / 50Hz
• Power: 3000W
• Air Flow: 106 L/S
You buy these on amazon, simply click the link below
20ft GUTTER CLEANING POLES
Once you have the gutter vacuum you will next need the gutter cleaning poles.
The aluminium gutter cleaning poles are pretty much exactly the same as aluminium flagpoles -
Weight: 4.2 kg
Wall thickness: 1.0mm
Length: 20 feet (6 meters)
Net Weight: 3.5 kg Packing
Dim: 43×11×25cm (L×W×H)
Diameter: 1.97"/ 5.0cm Gross
These can be purchased here -
So we have got the gutter vacuum and gutter cleaning poles so we are well on our way to making our own DIY gutter cleaning vacuum, next you will need a silicone 51mm-38mm reducer to fit from your DIY gutter vacuum hose to your DIY gutter cleaning poles -
51mm - 38mm ID Silicone Straight Reducing Hose
If you are to fitting the cyclonic inlet you will not require this 51mm-38mm silicone adaptor.
This can be purchased here -
You will also need a 135 degree flexi silicone hose to fit from the other end of your gutter cleaning poles to the gutter cleaning nozzle that will go into the gutter and clean away the muck -
51mm ID Blue 135 Degree Silicone
Below is the link for these -
To make a nozzle to fit in the end of this silicone hose adaptor simply use a hacksaw and cut one of the flag poles down to the size you require to clean the gutter like this we have done in the photo below
These are to keep the gutter cleaning poles together when cleaning the gutters
4 x 48mm - 51mm W4 Stainless Steel T-Bolt Hose Clamps
Great little extras -
You have everything you need above to make your own DIY gutter vacuum that will serve you well for years to come.
You can buy extra length of hose for the vacuum so you don't have to move the gutter vac so often, we did decided to purchased this as it just makes like easier.
This can be found in the link below -
Also we got tired of having to tighten the gutter cleaning pole clamps up so decided to change the bolts in the clamps for seat post bolts which can be purchased below -
Vacuum hose storage bag- these bags are a great cheap way to store your gutter vacuum hose -
Total cost for your DIY make your own gutter vacuum come's to a total of
3000w 80L Wet Vacuum £209.99
20ft Flagpoles £46.95
51-38mm Reducer £7.74
51mm 135 Silicone Hose £7.34
4 x 48mm - 51mm Clamps £13.98
Total = £286
(Amazon prices as of Nov 2019)
Don't fancy making your own gutter vacuum, why not visit our guide to the Best gutter cleaning tools 2020
UPDATE: I have recently fit a 51mm cyclonic side entry inlet and 51mm vacuum hose to our gutter vacuum and this has turned the vacuum into a whole new beast :)
I can not believe the difference this inlet has made and what it is now capable of sucking out of gutters without blocking the hose or inlet.
If you are looking to make your own gutter vacuum the 51mm cyclonic inlet upgrade is a MUST... You will not be disappointed...
Here is a link to the upgraded inlet on Ebay - 51mm Cyclonic Inlet Kit
Thank me later ;)
Fitting the 51mm Cyclonic Side Entry Inlet
Fitting the 51mm cyclonic inlet is pretty straight forward and usually takes around 15-20 minutes from start to finish.
The tools you will need are:
STAGE 1 REMOVE INLET
First off you are going to need to remove the standard inlet from your machine, these are usually held in place with 4 screws which simply unscrew from the rear
STAGE 2 DRAW TEMPLATE
Once you have removed the inlet you are now going to want to use the gasket as a template to draw the whole that requires cutting for the cyclonic inlet to fit
STAGE 3 CUT INLET WHOLE
When you are happy you have the template drawn the correct place it is then time to cut the new hole to fit your 51mm cyclonic inlet side entry.
The easiest and neatest way to cut through the vacuum drum is using a dermel with a cutting disk fitted.
STAGE 4 MARK NEW HOLES
When the whole has been cut in you then need to place the inlet into the whole to ensure it fits correctly.
If it sits nicely in the whole you have just cut you will then want to mark the new wholes that require drilling to hold the 51mm cyclonic side entry inlet into place.
STAGE 5 DRILL NEW HOLES
Now its time to drill the new wholes for the 51mm cyclonic inlet side entry to be secured onto your gutter vacuum drum. This is done usiing a HSS drill peace which makes drilling through the drum very easy
STAGE 6 FIT GASKET
All the cutting and drilling is now out of the way and its time to fit the cyclonic inlet.
The 51mm Cyclonic Side Entry Inlet kit you buy on ebay comes with a sticky gasket which will simply stick onto your gutter vacuum drum. You will want to ensure all the holes line up ready for the bolts to fit though.
STAGE 7 FITTING THE 51MM CYCLONIC SIDE ENTRY INLET
So now all you need to do is bolt the cyclonic inlet into place using the nuts and bolts supplied for this you will need an allen key and spanner.
Each nut and bolt comes with two washer you will want to make sure you place a washer either side of the inlet.
I hope this guide helps you in building a beast of a gutter vacuum for a faction of the cost.
Drop a comment below to let me know how your build went and you feel I've missed anything please let me know.