Submitted by Redoak, from Weatherford, TX on 4/25/2010
I couldn't believe how great this thing worked. The first time I used it I was making a lot of dadoes in MDF (really dusty work). When I looked in the shop vac there was absolutely nothing in there. It was all in the Dust Deputy. A lot easier to empty than dumping the shop vac and cleaninmg the filter.
Submitted by Max R Kingsbury, from Byron, MN on 3/27/2010
This is my 2nd Dust Deputy Deluze. The first one we used on our sanding bench, the 2ed one is used with our cp miter saw. WOW does it do the job. WE just made 200 cuts of cedar wood and never lost power with VAC, checked the 5 gal pail and found 3" to 4" of saw dust, checked filter of the VAC and it like new. Not only will it save time but also save $ for not having to re place the filter at a cost of 17 to 18 $. Also saved time in cleaning the shop.
Submitted by John Molinski, from Marshfield, ME on 3/9/2010
I visited Oneida's site and read about the significant dust stopping power of a narrow cyclone verses a wide variety, I have both and if you do anything for your health build a Super Vac using a run of the mill shop vac, what ever you got and couple it with the Dust Deputy, make that your portable vac using a cart design with large 4-5" swivel wheels. I built the Super Vac listed in Shopnotes issue 109 and the cart handle makes this a dream to move. Large wheels easily roll over cords and 2x4s, just hold onto it when clearing these. When you couple this to your vac don't forget to blow off the original shop vac filter and put it back in. Stand-by for the best suction from begining to end of cleaning your shop. Just remember to empty the Dust Deputy Canister the other ones not going to see much business, but check it at least once. I will never need to empty and clean my vac in the middle of sweeping again, ever start out with a clean vac and wonder where the suction went, not me not anymore. Do yourself a BIG Favor build and just hook it up try it, then build the Super Vac that meets your needs. Good luck.
Submitted by Douglas Hickman, from Eastsound , WA on 3/5/2010
The most unbelievable vacuum system I have ever used. Three weeks of vacuuming fine dust and my filter had only a tiny amount of dust on it and the vacuum was still sucking like crazy. It has much greater suction than just using the vacuum alone because the filter stays clean. Get one.
Submitted by Tim Gould, from Lowell, AR on 2/26/2010
The Dust Deputy works great. I've sanded for about 6 hrs. & almost no dust (maybe 1%)in my Filter Queen vacuum. I took the filter out for the first time to show a friend, shook it & I could not see and dust coming off. Yep my vacuum source is a very old (30+ yrs.) tiny 2-speed house vacuum that I've threatened to trash many times. With lower noise level, little or no reduction of vacuum & minimal electricity usage no shop should be without one. The only negative is as others have mentioned, $60-$100 is a little steep & it is fragile. I may build my next one but I highly recommend it for any shop.
Submitted by Jim, from Bettendorf, IA on 2/26/2010
I purchased the Dust Deputy a few months ago for my small shop and have since used it as dust collection for my table saw, planer, router table, and virtually all other tools where I could connect it. It is small, efficient and works well beyond what I had anticipated. Attaching to a plywood base with wheels makes it more stable (especially when empty) and very easy to move.
Submitted by Max R Kingsbury, from Byron, MN on 2/15/2010
It is working better than I expected it to. I'm using it for my sanding bench and when I checked the filter in the shop vac it looked like new after hours of sanding. Looks like I need one for my miter saw bench now.
Submitted by Walter Ulrich, from Hadley, NY on 2/6/2010
The Oneida Dust Deputy has worked beyond my expectations in my small shop. So far I have used it against my planer and router table with excellent results finding very little dust in my shop vac after use. This product has been well worth the investment for a small shop.
Submitted by Bob, from Double Oak, TX on 2/5/2010
Just purchased the Dust Deputy Deluxe with a gift card from Christmas. Built the mobile cart from Shop Notes 1/2010 with some modifications to fit my shop vac. I have it all connected to my 2-1/2" dust collection system and it has actually improved the performance of the collection system - I can actually hear the air "howl" in my table saw. Extremely pleased with the performance so far. No problems what ever with the vac hose cuffs so far. Would definitely recommend this for a small shop or for mobile use.
Submitted by Bill P., from Huntsville, AL on 1/18/2010
This works great. I bought the Dust Deputy only. Same as my large cyclone DC system. I had hesitated to buy one because I did not want the hassle of dragging two items around the shop. Issue 109 (Jan.2010) of ShopNotes magazine has a cart you can build that holds both items/hose/accessories and easily pulls around the shop.
Submitted by Leonard Peeples, from Sarasota, FL on 12/3/2009
This product works betten than I could have ever imagined. It keeps the Vac filter clean and the Vac container is virtually empty. There is a tremendous increase in suction since the filter stays clean. This is one of the best working items I have purchased in a long time.
I purchased the basic unit and used my own bucket and hoses. The bucket was the snap down type 5 gal that had a rubber seal built into the lid. The 3 inch opening in the top was accomplished with an old fashion circle cutter on a drill press. To seal the DD to the lid, I used ROPE CAULK as an alternative to silicone sealant. If this lid gets beat up over time, it will be easier to remove the DD from the lid--silicone can be time Cons::uming to remove. The seal is excellent all the way around. I was able to hook up the hose system with some old hoses left over from my old vacuum. It works great on my bandsaw, sander and table saw.
I recommend this product to anyone with a small shop and wants to improve the performance of their shop vac.
Submitted by Dan Wojcik, from Shelby Township, MI on 11/27/2009
I purchased one of these a few weeks ago. I just saw all of the comments about the hose collars cracking on the first use. Mine did that as well. I called Oneida customer service and they apologized and told me that they now had some replacement cuffs in again and he would send them out the next day. I received the replacement cuffs in three days and they are as strong as the cuffs on my other hoses.
In addition to sawdust the DD works great with a bench grinder. FIRST, I empty the sawdust from the pail so that I do not have a fire in my DD. All of that super fine grinding dust and sharp wire wheel pieces stay in the pail, my shop-vac is clean.
I have found that water stays in the pail real well even if you suck up several gallons all at the same time. I find that it is much easier to empty a 5 gallon pail than to take the top off of the shop-vac and lift up the entire bottom section to empty the contents and then reattach the top of the vac.
My rig. So far I have bolted one of the pails to a dolly and put two bricks in that pail so that the DD is not top heavy anymore. I also drilled about ten 3/8" holes in the bottom of that first pail so that I would not have a suction problem when removing the working pail. Now it is easy to roll both units with two hands, but that is not very convenient. After the holidays it will be time to design a compact cart that can hold both units by their casters so that I have the flexibility to use them separately or putting them back together at a moments notice.
Submitted by Rob Robinson, from Croton-on-Hudson, NY on 11/16/2009
For the minor investment this is about as good as it gets. Have mine hooked up to the 5hp/12gal Shop-Vac I bought from Rockler earlier this month and everything others have said is absolutely true! Built a little plywood "platform" on casters on which I've mounted the vac and Dust Deputy and it's very easy to move around. Cut a bunch of stuff on my TS over the weekend and just emptied about a gallon of dust and chips from the Dust Deputy bucket but there's maybe a 1/8 cup in the Shop-Vac and the new Cleanstream HEPA filter still looks brand new.
Submitted by Tim, from Columbia Falls, MT on 11/14/2009
I unpacked it and decided to clean out my powermatic tablesaw. Filled the bucket up to the top opened up my vac (an old sears model) about an 1/2 of dust in the vac. The only thing I can whine about is your hose cracked right away. I also use it to clean my pellet stove before the soot would plug my filter every time, not anymore.
Submitted by Vern Cooper, from Bloomfield Hills, MI on 11/14/2009
This product works great! Easy to assemble and to connect to the various work stations in my shop. I've been using 'fine particle' bags in my shop vac to cut down on filter maintenence, and the Dust Deputy not only saves the cost for the bags, but clean-up is far easier and quicker. Great addition for any shop.
Submitted by Ted Robbins, from Tavares, FL on 11/10/2009
This is the greatest addition to any shop since duct tape. I have been using the dust deputy for about three weeks now. The bucket is about three-quarters full and not the slightest amount of dust in the shop vac or the filter. I mounted the DD on a shop made plywood cover and used weather stripping as a seal. I used four trunk latches (Rockler #10245)to secure the cover to the bucket. Contrary to some of the postings, I find that if it will fit through the vac hose it will pick it up (reasonably speaking). I use this system for sanding, bandsaw, mitersaw and mortising. I will be mounting the vac and DD on a single dolly for more convenient portability. Great addition to any shop.
Submitted by Paul Bernier, from Ansonia, CT on 11/1/2009
I've been using the all steel dust deputy for several years. This is an out standing product. Hardly any saw dust ever gets into your shop vac, I mean fill the dust deputy and you'll only get a cup full of saw dust in the vac. Worth every penny you will not be sorry you invested in one of these. Note I built a dolly that mounts the dust deputy on top of my shop vac. Works great by reducing the over all foot print plus allows you to move both units as one. Other wise its a pain to have to move the shop vac and dust deputy independently (only draw back I have experienced)
Submitted by Dave Adae, from Waynesville, OHIO on 10/30/2009
I was surprised by the amount of small particles in the Dust Deputy bucket. Almost all on the dust ends up in the bucket not the shop vac.
Submitted by Dustin , from Lino Lakes, MN on 10/25/2009
The system works exactly as described. I cleaned the inside of my shop vac, installed a new HEPA filter and have been using it with the Dust Deputy for RO sanding and occasional cleanup. I noticed the bucket was half full yesterday, so I decided to check the inside of the vac - virtually zero dust inside the vacuum tank and the filter looks as new. I was honestly surprised. I expected it to work, but am genuinely shocked by just how well it works. The only problem with the system that I've encountered is the plastic bucket lid the cyclone is mounted to. It doesn't lock to the bucket and I occasional knock it off.
Submitted by Cary Swoveland, from Vacouver, BC on 10/11/2009
I have the all-steel Dust Deputy, but I assume this one is equally effective. I am extremely pleased with the product. Initially I was concerned that suction would be reduced, due to the additional hose length (i.e., increased static pressure), but that has not been a problem. In fact, by keeping the vacuum filter clean, suction may have been improved. I put the cyclone on top of my (Festool) vacuum, keeping it in place with a shop-made connector. (The DD can still can be lifted off easily.) This saves shop space and makes it easier to move the vacuum and cyclone.
Submitted by James Munn, from Phoenix, AZ on 3/6/2010
Overall it seems to work well. There are just a couple of minor issues. The ports on the cyclone are tapered to fit inside the hose cuff instead of the standard size "hole" these hoses are meant to fit. This makes attaching a stepdown 1 1/4" hose not possible. The hose that comes with the kit is very low quality and retracts in length when the vacuum builds up. I found a very good solution in the Craftsman Professional 10 foot hose kit. I was even able to use the "extra" adapters that came with the hose to fix the tappered inlet port. I also wish they had made the cyclone from antistatic plastic, then the grounding wire they recommend you make would do some good.
Submitted by Fred Blum, from Merion, PA on 10/11/2009Customer Rating:
This is a terrific device. It collects virtually 100 percent of dust. I use it mostly with my table saw. The first time the tub got full, I checked my shop vac and found it completely empty! Truly amazing. It works exactly as advertised, maybe better. BTW, I mounted my small shop vac and the tubs on a simply plywood dolly, and put a band clamp at the inlet connection to the cone. The former makes it easy to move around my shop, the latter prevents the inlet hose from coming off, which it tended to do.
Submitted by David Semon, from Woodbridge, VA on 10/11/2009
Superb product. I use it with a 5.5 HP Shop Vac connected to a 2 1/2" collection system that runs around the wall of my shop. The system has 8 blast gates and work great (with only one open at a time). While the system always worked very well, the Dust Deputy has made it so much better. First, because the dust stays in the Dust Deputy and doesn't get to the shop vac, the suction is stronger and stays stronger for a long time. Second, the 5 gal bucket is much easier to empty than the 16 gal shop vac. Well worth the money. For my shop, it is a "poor man's" dust collection system that works great.
Submitted by Justus Koshiol, from Rockville , MD on 10/6/2009
Does what it says, great product.
Submitted by Jim Quarles, from Glendale, AZ on 10/4/2009
Performs exactly as described. After 30 hours of heavy usage around a lathe and band saw, I saw a little fine powder in the vac, and a still clean filter. I even cut and turned acrylic and vacuumed up that. Normally, that just floats around the shop so I expected some of it to go through to the vac. None visible in the vac, all in the DD. I used to use a flat top separator on a 5 gal bucket and had to clear the vac filter at least every 10 hours. Top notch product.
Submitted by Danny Hellyar, from Santee, CA on 9/23/2009
I've used this for a couple of months now and I really like it. It does work as advertised. Now I don't have to clean the filter nearly as often and the suction stays strong much longer. I mounted mine above my Rigid Shop Vac to reduce the overall footprint.
Submitted by Gary Wigley, from San Diego, CA on 2/19/2010
Purchased the Dust Deputy (cyclone only) and attached it to a bucket and to my 4.5hp Hanging ShopVac and works just great on the dust, I am using a 4in hose with 2.5 stepdown at scroll Saw and 4in at table saw. Not figured out how to set up ShopSmith 2 yet but it is my next project.
Submitted by Rick Jones, from West Shokan, NY on 9/17/2009
I bought this directly from Oneida when it first came out. I've been very happy with it. In fact I used it on a sander when sanding drywall because I was frustrated with the filter clogs. Once I hooked it up to the Dust Deputy, no more clogs. I'm impressed with the fact that the tight seal seems to eliminate any loss of suction on the part of the vacuum as well. I hook it up to all my power tools and use it for all my vacuuming. I'm really impressed with it.
Submitted by Tom McGinn, from Chelmsford, MA on 9/10/2009
I bought this directly from Oneida before I realized that Rockler carried it. I do have a washable filter for my Ridgid Shop Vac, but honestly, not much reaches the filter. I disagree with the previous poster - the big stuff matters and clogs the filter. The little stuff you can wash off once a month if you want. And you can make a simple attachment to attach the bucket to the shop vac. It works so well I use it to vacuum the sawdust from my other filters!
Submitted by Harlow, from Keswick, VA on 11/18/2009
As with other reviewers the ends of the supplied hose cracked. You're likely to end up putting electrical tape around the ends to fix them so you might want to do that first and maybe not crack them. And as with other reviewers otherwise I found the kit to be excellent. I tested it on a pile of light sawdust from my tablesaw. The kit bucket filled and virtually nothing went into my vac. I have mounted the kit and vac on a cart and take it to small tools that used to be a drain on my dust collection system or have no collection. This takes a load off my large collector and allowed me to remove long runs which has improved the performance of the large system. I use a HEPA filter on the vac and I believe this also takes some load off my air filtration system. I haven't had the kit long, but so far it works great.