My Dust Deputy Setup

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Project by davidinpcola posted 05-18-2010 04:15 AM 15709 views 24 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the first project I have posted here on LJ. This is the setup I came up with for my Dust Deputy. I wanted as small a footprint that I could get, so stacking the DD on top of the vacuum made sense to me. I also wanted the stand to be all inclusive and hold the vac tools and extensions, so I mounted a toolholder I had saved from an old vac on the back of the setup. I also made a rack to hold the extensions.
I cut a hole in the back of the stand for the hose of the vac could be easily removed and reattached. To keep the hose running from the DD to the vac from collapsing I attached an extension at the top of the back so the hose was supported. A power strip was added so the vac would be controlled at the top of the stand. A hook was added to hold the front hose and power strip cord when not in use. A chain was attached to the front middle shelf to help move the stand around the shop.
I know some of you are wondering what that round disc is attached to the bottom. My very smart son-in-law came up with the idea of filling a old brake disk (this one is off of an old Volvo) with concrete, drill through the lug holes and mount it on the bottom of this stand as a counter weight to offset the height of the stand. It works great, in fact, the whole setup works great.
Let me know what you think.

-- David

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#1 posted 05-18-2010 04:17 AM

A great set up well done


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#2 posted 05-18-2010 04:23 AM

Interesting variation on the vertical theme, a little different than this one, and maybe easier to put together:

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#3 posted 05-18-2010 04:24 AM

Geeze, Dave. I’ve changed my share of Volvo brake disks. Dontcha think that the concrete is just a wee bit overkill? :D

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#4 posted 05-18-2010 04:40 AM

Great idea Dave
How do I do it?

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#5 posted 05-18-2010 04:44 AM

This totally rocks. I just got a new Rigid 5 HP shop vac. I was trying to get some ideas for something like this and this one and the one that JJ posted are great places to start. I especially love all of the extra on-board storage.

-- Joel Wires -->

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#6 posted 05-18-2010 05:29 AM

Great idea, just received my DD today.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#7 posted 05-18-2010 05:32 AM

Very well done! I like it! Hope you don’t mind if I steal your idea?

-- Dave; Lansing, Kansas

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#8 posted 05-18-2010 05:58 AM

I was going to ask how you kept it from tipping over, until I read the part about the brake disk and concrete. I have been wanting to change my bare bones, no frills dust deputy cart to a vertical orientation for some time, but never put much thought into solving the balance problem. If and when I get around to it I will probably just brute force it by tossing a couple of bricks into the vacuum’s tub.

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#9 posted 05-18-2010 12:38 PM

Great design…
I really want to go “vertical” with mine and this is an excellent option.
Have you come up with a way to wrap that vac to make it quieter?

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#10 posted 05-18-2010 01:13 PM

great setup
looks like its easier to make than mine

-- Emmett, from Georgia

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#11 posted 05-18-2010 06:02 PM

Great arrangement. Wish I had a taller ceiling to do that. I had to mount my DD in front of the vac. It’s a great gadget though. I like Jjohnson’s rig too. Thanks for the inspiration guys. Maybe I can re-do mine.

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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#12 posted 05-18-2010 07:18 PM

Talk about timely! I was going to get my cyclone this weekend to hook up to a planer. I was in the garage/shop/junk collection center this morning, pondering how to put a system together that would allow both to be moved around and reduce the footprint of two items. Also, nice rack for storing the accessories. Thanks for sharing and for the photos.

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#13 posted 05-18-2010 07:30 PM

That’s not my setup – it’s woody57’s. I just referred to it.

-- "A man may conduct himself well in both adversity and good fortune, but if you want to test his character, give him power." - Abraham Lincoln

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#14 posted 05-18-2010 08:27 PM

Thanks for the nice comments everyone. Dave, steal away, that is why I put it on here. Ellen, no I have not considered how to make it quieter, may have to go back to the drawing board.

-- David

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#15 posted 08-14-2013 10:49 PM

David, great idea and project. I just received my DD and was wondering about the VAC you are using. What’s the model info. I have a small shop and was thinking vertical would be the best way to go. Thanks for the cool work. Marshall

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