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Progress of setting up the Shop #4: Finally joined the Dust Deputy Posse

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Blog entry by Toolz posted 04-20-2010 06:00 PM 3011 reads 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 3: Dust Collection System to date Part 4 of Progress of setting up the Shop series Part 5: More pictures of the shop as of this morning »

I have been planning to get a Dust Deputy for some time. But being a lazy booger I didn’t want a small 5 gal container that I would have to empty more frequently. Easter weekend I scored about a 30 gal plastic barrel with a clamp ring lid while I was visiting in-laws in Windsor, ON. It is perfect, works great and doesn’t need to be emptied as often. The first thing I did to test it was to clean out the bottom bag and attached filter on my main dust collector. Damn this thing works as advertised! Filled the barrel about half full with little to no dust in the shop vac. I mounted it to a small plastic furniture dolly I had in the shop to be able to move the barrel easily. I have a 6 gal Genie plastic shop vac and a 16 gal Rigid shop vac and I can move the dust deputy and set it up to whichever vac is more convenient. Here are some pics I took this morning after emptying the barrel.

Dust Deputy top

Bottom

barrel

completed

-- Larry "Work like a Captain but Play like a Pirate!"



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HokieMojo

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#1 posted 04-20-2010 06:21 PM

That is cool, but the deputy looks so small by comparison. Just wondering, where did you get a barrel like this? Was it a new purchase or a used find? Do you know what it was used for previously?

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Toolz

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#2 posted 04-20-2010 07:16 PM

I got the barrel at Fred’s Farm Fresh International Market in the 3300 block on Huron Church Rd just past Cabana RD going toward the E.C. Row Expressway in Windsor, Ontario, CA. It was either $11.99 or $12.99 Canadian. The owner said they were brand new food grade barrels. A lot of campers and hunters up in Canada bury these at their campsites for waterproof “dry cache” storage of food and chainsaws etc. My brother in law uses these in camp when he goes moose hunting. The best thing is the clamp ring lid and the smaller (compared to 50 gal drum) size.

-- Larry "Work like a Captain but Play like a Pirate!"

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Joe Weaver

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#3 posted 04-20-2010 08:03 PM

I have the same type set up in my shop. I have a used 50 gallon drum. Paid 30.00 for it. Found it on craigslist l

-- Joe, Ga

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HokieMojo

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#4 posted 04-20-2010 08:15 PM

i never would have thought of that! thanks for the response.

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degoose

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#5 posted 04-20-2010 09:23 PM

Much better than the small bucket supplied with the DD.

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ lazylarrywoodworks.com.au For lovers of all things timber...

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Dave Owen

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#6 posted 04-20-2010 11:25 PM

You’ve taken an excellent product and made it better. I think every shop should have one. Mine is on a 5-gal bucket, but even so, it does the job like a champ.

-- Dave O.

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#7 posted 04-20-2010 11:33 PM

Neat idea.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#8 posted 04-21-2010 01:30 AM

I got blue one at a yard sale for $5.00. Heck of a deal. Hooked that one up to my shop vac, and the 50gal drum I found for free I set up with my 1hp HF dust collector, just use that for floor clean up, would suck a golf ball through a garden hose. Now I just got the two horse from HF for $139.00. Gonna turn that into a super collider, or something similar to make a black hole and suck everything in the garage up.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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