Dust Deputy DIY Tips and Tricks

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Dust Deputy DIY Tips and Tricks
September 27, 2014 8 comments

The Dust Deputy® cyclone is a craftsman's dream; A durable, high performance product made in the USA that can be adapted for almost any shop!

While Oneida Air does offer kits to provide easy installations for our customers, we're immensely proud of the ingenuity they've shown when it comes to using the Dust Deputy. With just some simple modifications and spare materials lying around the shop, they've taken what was already a great product and fully customized it to fit their needs. Not only is this a great way to save money but it's simple and fun to do as well!

We frequently get questions from enterprising craftsmen about what works and what doesn't so we've compiled a list of our recommendations here. These suggestions apply for both the Dust Deputy and the Super Dust Deputy cyclones except where noted.

Choosing a Dust Container

Though you can use almost any kind of drum with the Dust Deputy, it is especially important to consider whether it's:

  • Sealed Air Tight - If there are any cracks or leaks present in the drum (or anywhere else in your custom assembly) this can create a backdraft that will significantly reduce the cyclone's ability to separate material(s).
  • Built With A Strong, Rigid Structure - Your drum should be reinforced or rigidly built to avoid caving in due to the air pressure created by your vacuum and the Dust Deputy. Another item to note is that the larger your container is, the more reinforced it must be to withstand the higher pressures.
Type Example Description
Plastic Plastic and Rubber Drums Stick with rigid (preferably reinforced) drums. Avoid bins with a flexible or rubbery structure.
Fiber Fiber Drums Use thick-walled, fiber drums. Choose ones with a laminate interior if vacuuming wet materials. *
Metal Metal Drums Almost any kind of steel (preferably reinforced) drum will work flawlessly.

* Fiber drums are not typically suitable for high pressure applications above 80" WC (i.e. with standard wet/dry vacuums) and may collapse unless additional reinforcements are added to the drum.

Attaching the Cyclone to the Lid

Dust Deputy Drum Lid Seal Types In addition to choosing the right drum for the job, you'll also want to ensure that your lid creates an air tight seal. We've seen a variety of ways to do this from our customers and while some last longer or are more durable than others you're not limited by what material you use to create the seal as long as no air leaks out.

As far as the lid itself is concerned you'll want to make sure it's sturdy enough to support the weight of the cyclone (this applies more to the Super Dust Deputy). Many customers use plywood but other kinds of wood, metal, plastic, and fiber lids can also work. The suction provided by your vacuum will hold down the lid when in use (if your seal is air-tight) but we recommend using simple latches for added security and easy removal.

Template Downloads

To make things easier we're providing some lid templates for you to use. Simply print these out and use them to outline where on the lid to make your cuts and drill marks. Separate files for the regular and Super Dust Deputy are available below.

Charles Harding September 28, 2018 at 7:40 PM
I dont have a comment I just want to know where I can purchase the cart in picture . I have the vacumn and the dirt devil. I was looking for plans to build one but if one is already built it will save me time
Oneida Air Systems September 28, 2018 at 7:40 PM
Hi Charles, We don't sell any type of "cart" for the Dust Deputy cyclone kits; The one shown in the picture above was submitted by one of our customers. I highly recommend looking on YouTube as there are a huge amount of tutorials online showing how to build your own cart. https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=dust+deputy+cart
Mark M September 28, 2018 at 7:40 PM
Charles, this looks like the Woodsmith plan I bought. I haven’t built it yet but plan to. Good luck, Mark https://www.woodsmithplans.com/plan/shop-vacuum/
Gerald Stutts November 2, 2018 at 6:54 PM
I am constructing a system using the cyclone in reviewing your offerings in the catalog I could not find a sleeve kit compatible with the XL that is flanged at the bottom. What is the recommended approach to have a flex hose between the XL and the collection container lid?
Mike p November 17, 2018 at 4:14 AM
I am holding a cart but I want the height of the cart top to be the height of my table saw top. For a container I am making a box because a bucket is too tall. What is the min. Depth I can make my container.
Oneida Air Systems November 17, 2018 at 4:14 AM
Mike, If you're building a custom dust bin for your Dust Deputy, there's not really a "minimum depth" that you need to worry about. Obviously, the smaller the container, the quicker it will fill up and you'll have to empty it more often - but it's really your call on how big to make it. If I had to say, you probably want it to at least be a foot deep - but I've seen customers make one as small as a coffee can before without any issue.
Jp February 8, 2019 at 11:57 PM
What size hex bolts would you recommend to hold the dust deputy down?
Joe February 11, 2019 at 3:57 PM
The lid is the easy part of set up for me. What would really be useful is some tips on how to attach hoses of different sizes.