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Dust Deputy

Find answers to common questions regarding our Dust Deputy® cyclone separators for use with wet/dry vacuums.
What vacuum do you recommend for the Dust Deputy?
The Dust Deputy can be used with any make, model, or size wet/dry vacuum with an inlet ranging from 1.5" to 2.5" in size. We recommend that it has an airflow rating of at least 50 CFM to ensure optimum dust separation performance.
Why is the Dust Deputy Deluxe lid loose on the bucket?
The lid will seal secure under vacuum pressure once your shop vac is turned on, so it's ok for it to be loose! The fit makes this lid easier to take off compared to other bucket lids that might require a tool to remove. Instead, the snap-on tab holds it in place during use and transit while allowing it to easily snap on/off when needed. ‚ÄčThe lid may jostle slightly on some non-OAS bucket lids, but as long as the rim is flat, the seal will be airtight during use.
Does the 2.5 have the same flange pattern as the original Dust Deputy?
Yes! Both the original Dust Deputy cyclone and the new Dust Deputy 2.5 cyclone share the same bottom flange pattern. This makes upgrading existing cyclone installations quick and easy! You can find printable template files for download in the Documents tab of our product pages.
What type of dust bin works best?
You can use any shape or size container for your Dust Deputy cyclone. Keep in mind that the smaller the container, the more often you'll have to empty it. The dust container you provide must be able to be sealed airtight for the best performance. Foam gaskets or silicone caulk can help provide an airtight seal. Containers must also be strong enough to withstand the pressure created by your vacuum. For plastic buckets, we recommend at least a 90 mil. wall thickness; otherwise, the container may collapse when in use. Browse Dust Containers
How does the Dust Deputy 2.5 get more airflow than smaller cyclones?
The Dust Deputy 2.5 Cyclone has a larger diameter inlet and outlet to increase flow, and a larger overall size to reduce friction relative to the volume of air passing through. Less friction means less pressure drop and increased flow.
How do you fasten the conductive metal tape to the plastic cyclone?
You'll want to apply the tape so that all three openings on the cyclone are connected by a continuous, conductive path. When doing so, make sure that the tape is wrapped over the edge of the cyclone's ports and that it overlaps the bolt hole on the cyclone's bottom flange. Click "Read More" for further instructions and images.
Will the Dust Deputy cyclone work if my tool has its own fan blower?
In most cases, yes - but the cyclone's efficiency will vary based on whether your vacuum is also turned on. The Dust Deputy cyclone needs a consistent airflow rate to "spin" the dust out of the airstream; If your tool's fan blower is pushing air in while your vacuum is also sucking air out, this can disrupt the airflow rate and reduce the cyclone's separation performance. In many cases, the fan blower on tools (such as planers) cannot be turned off. If that is the case for you, try collecting your dust with the vacuum turned off. In doing so you will be creating a positive pressure system as the tool's fan blower pushes air through the Dust Deputy cyclone. This method may not work with every vacuum
Why should I choose the metal version of your Dust Deputy cyclone?
Our steel Dust Deputy models are built for the toughest applications. If you're going to be sucking up large amounts of highly abrasive materials such as metals and gravel, the heavy-gauge cold-rolled steel cyclone will perform better and longer than our injection molded models. It's also ideal if you're expecting to suck up high-temperature materials such as hot coals and ash.
How should the Dust Deputy be grounded?
Apply conductive metal tape to the cyclone. For added grounding, attach a wire with a washer tied to one end when installing one of the bolts at the base of the cyclone. Click "Read More" for further instructions.
What is a static conductive material?
This term refers to the range of conductivity that a material has. Static conductive materials range from 101-106 Ohms. More information about static resistance can be found here.
What is an anti-static material?
This term refers to the range of conductivity that a material has. Anti-static materials range from 1010-1012 Ohms. More information about static resistance can be found here.
Can I use the Dust Deputy with my 4" hose / port?
No. The standard Dust Deputy cyclones are designed for use with ports/hose that are 1" to 3" in diameter. Connecting 4" tools to the Dust Deputy cyclone's 2" ports will result in significant losses in airflow and suction power. Larger ports (4" and larger) will instead require one of our Super Dust Deputy cyclones.
Is the steel cyclone rust-proof?
In short, no. The steel cyclone has a powder-coat finish, ensuring that it's durable and rust resistant, but if you expect to have your cyclone exposed to water on a regular basis (e.g. exposed to harsh weather, submerged in water, etc.) we recommend you find additional covering to prevent corrosion over time.
Why are there two buckets in the Dust Deputy Deluxe kit?
There are two stacked buckets so that you can attach the outside one to your vac and add casters to make the kit portable if you choose. The inside bucket collects the debris and will be the one that you will empty.
Does the Dust Deputy work with water?
The Dust Deputy can be used with nearly any wet or dry material to cyclonically separate waste from the air stream.
Can I remove the top portion of the Dust Deputy?
No, it is not advised. This can cause damage to the cyclone and is not covered under warranty.
Can the Ultimate Dust Deputy be modified to fit the Festool Mini or Midi?
Instructions to modify the collection box can be found here.
Is it possible to buy just the waste bin?
The waste bin is not available as a standalone item, but if you are an existing owner of the Dust Deputy then we can readily offer you a replacement for any damaged components. Please contact our service department to order.
What is the minimum air watts needed for the Dust Deputy?
Rather than worrying about what specs your vacuum needs (e.g. air watts, cfm, static lift, etc.), we at Oneida Air Systems have a much simpler approach - simply match the size of your vacuum's inlet to the size of the Dust Deputy cyclone's ports. The Dust Deputy cyclone's tapered 2" ports are designed to work with any make and model wet/dry vacuum on the market today, regardless of horsepower, wattage, etc. Most vacuums will have an inlet ranging from 1.5" to 2.5" in diameter - perfect for our cyclone. Keep in mind that every component installed onto your vacuum will have an effect on the system's suction power. That includes your hose, hose attachments, adapters, elbows, couplers, etc.
How do I connect the Dust Deputy to a snap-on inlet?
Other adapters may be necessary to connect the Dust Deputy to non-standard sized or locking-type inlets. Click "Read More" to see adapter suggestions.
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