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Forum topic by buckbuster31 posted 12-28-2016 09:43 PM 796 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-28-2016 09:43 PM

Is the 99 dollar dust deputy worth the money? can I convert it to have a bigger capacity than the bucket? what size shop vac do I need to make it most efficient?

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#1 posted 12-28-2016 11:54 PM

Worth every penny, you be suprised on how little you will clean out your shop via filter, and yes you can mount the on anything you want, it should not effect the suction, but if you mount it on something else you might as well get the barebones unit for 60 bucks and buy the nessary hoses

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#2 posted 12-29-2016 03:23 AM

I built a box to collect the saw dust. Works great. I put a plexi window so I can see when it is full. The dust deputy stays attached to the wall and the box lowers to a cady so I can wheel it out of the corner to empty it. I highly recommend them. In also have one on my cnc router.


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#3 posted 12-29-2016 04:34 AM


I outfitted my very old Craftsman 16 gallon 2.25 max hp shop vacuum with the Dust Deputy. The Dust Deputy I purchased came as a kit with 2 collection buckets, a hose and a few connecting accessories. I also upgraded the shop vac filter with a HEPA filter. I only use the shop vacuum for general cleanup, although I do connect it to the router for handheld operations.

For me, I would say it was worth money well spent. The primary reason is that the little cyclone does an excellent job of keeping all but the very fine dust out of the filter. As a result, I do not hesitate to use the shop vacuum, whereas before buying the Dust Deputy I remained mindful that whatever I sucked up would have to be cleaned off the filter. Before the Dust Deputy, I cleaned the filter every month or two, whenever I started to loose suction. Now, I notice no drop in suction (even with the HEPA filter) and clean the filter about every 6 months.

I built a cart on castors on which the cyclone, dust bin, and shop vac with its accessories set. The cart can be pulled around the shop by the main suction hose.

I find the 5 gallon debris bucket is plenty big for my needs. However, a larger dust bin could be added. Doing so would require a tight fitting lid to seal the dust bin, where the lid features a hole centered on the lid and sized to fit the cyclone. The cyclone would bolt to the lid.

I would think that the greater the power and hence suction offered by the shop vac, the better the performance. If the air moves faster through the cyclone, I would think better separation of fine dust would be observed. I suspect a larger shop vac would generally offer greater suction.

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#4 posted 12-29-2016 02:44 PM

You can buy just the cyclone for $49. Why pay $50 for the bucket?

I use a tall 5 gallon bucket with a screw on lid (if you know someone with a pool, that’s where I got mine) but I think a 5 gallon bucket would suffice.

Any standard 5-6HP shop vac will work fine.

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#5 posted 12-29-2016 08:22 PM

Worth it!! It’s what I use for dust collection. Yes, the bucket fills up, especially with the planer, but it’s easily emptied. Almost nothing gets into the vacuum tank unless you let the bucket over fill…

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