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01-10-2016 10:14 AM

Hi guys, this is my new friend bought for my cave.

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#1 posted 01-11-2016 03:12 PM

What are you using for a vacuum unit?

I picked one of these Dust Deputys up from a friend who was closing his commercial wood shop. I first had it attached to my shop vac and discovered that it worked extremely well, much better than I had expected. I first used it to clean out the bottom of my Unisaw cabinet for a good test of it, vacuuming about 4 gallons of sawdust before stopping to check how much sawdust had been collected and where it had gone. The 5 gallon bucket under the Dust Deputy had it all and there was nothing in the shop vac. Amazing!!

Then I got the idea to put it in line with a whole house central vacuum unit. I had been given the unit and all of the piping when they did a whole house remodel of the house next door to me. I hadn’t installed it in my shop because when I tried using it the sawdust quickly plugged the fabric filter in it and it and it lost suction.
When I realized that the Dust Deputy could be used with it to separate out the sawdust I installed the unit in the attic of my shop with the Dust Deputy and bucket next to it and ran the vacuum pipes to inlets in my shop. The suction on the central unit proved to be much higher than the shop vac and it collapsed the plastic bucket that I was using the first time that the hose picked up something that partially blocked the air flow.

I’m now using the discarded pickle buckets that are available from Firehouse Subs ($2 donation each). Your sawdust will smell like dill pickles though, and removing the smell from them is a futile effort so don’t waste your time. So what if your sawdust smells like pickles. It’s going into the garbage or land fill anyway. These buckets are supposed to be tougher than most other 5 gallon plastic buckets, but my central vacuum managed to collapse one of these buckets too. I then realized that the top third of these pickle buckets has reinforcing ribs molded into it where the other plastic 5 gallon buckets don’t have any or at least not as many of these ribs. My quick fix solution was to stack three of these pickle buckets together, which tripled the bucket wall thickness and put ribs the full length of the top bucket. End of the collapsing problems.

I’m using my central vacuum system this way now, and have had no further bucket collapsing problems in the 6 months since I began using it with the three stacked buckets, but I will soon be replacing these buckets with a 30 gallon metal barrel (a former grease barrel) that my son found for me at a truck maintenance shop. It’s only slightly larger in diameter than the 5 gallon buckets, but about 40” tall. The grease is shipped in a plastic bag inside these barrels, so clean-up wasn’t as bad as one would imagine. I now have to make an air tight plywood lid for this barrel and mount the Dust Deputy to it, then change the inlet and outlet pipe lengths to reach the new higher location of the Dust Deputy and this new collection barrel will be ready to use.

My shop is small, so installing a shop dust collector with 4” or larger piping requires more space than I have available. My biggest dust collection concern was the fine dust creators like sanding, scroll sawing, drill press use, etc. I do all my planing outdoors with my DeWalt planer and collect the chips from it with the hose and bin cover accessory that was sold for use with the planer. My other big sawdust producer is my Unisaw, and most of the sawdust from it collects in the cabinet and I shovel it out into the trash. My shop HVAC system is a window mount styled heat pump mounted through-the-wall high on the North facing wall of my shop. It takes
the higher quality 12 X 20 X 1” furnace type filters and it’s fan runs continuously, so this unit doubles as my whole shop air filter.

In the past 6 months of use, since installing my central vacuum and the Dust Deputy, my system has separated well over 99% of the sanding and scroll sawing sawdust, and also vacuumed my shop floor 4 times. I’ve dumped the 5 gallon pickle bucket 3 times (about 3 gallons of fill each time) in this period and there is still nothing visible in the collection container on the bottom of the central vacuum system or it’s filter. I had piped the exhaust from the central system out through my shop wall as an added guarantee to keep even the finest of micro fine sawdust from getting back into my shop, but there is no evidence that any sawdust, even the micro fine sawdust, has ever come out of this exhaust pipe. It looks just as clean inside as it was the day that I installed it.

I think you are going to be very satisfied with your Dust Deputy, whether you just hook it to a shop vacuum or something larger, like I did. If you manage to collapse your bucket, try getting some pickle buckets from Firehouse Subs, and stack them like I did if you still have a collapsing problem.

I hope some of my experiences above will be of some help to you.


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