|Review by TheDane||posted 02-05-2013 07:12 PM||11258 views||7 times favorited||20 comments|
I have wanted a two-stage dust collection system for some time, so decided to take the leap and order an Oneida Super Dust Deputy.
The Super Dust Deputy (SDD) was well packed and everything (SDD, installation bolts, foam gasket, and the 5”-to-4” and 6”-to-4” reducers) was packed in a single box surrounded by plastic and foam. Because of the lid I opted for, I substituted the bolts Oneida provided with 1/4” x 20 tpi x 2 1/2” that I had on hand in the shop.
Oneida offers a barrel that is made for the SDD, but I opted for a home-spun solution. I laminated two 20” x 20” x 3/4” sheets of MDF together, and used my circle jig to route a 3/8” groove that matched the inside diameter of a 20-gallon garbage can. I installed a 3/8” wide by 1/4” thick strip of foam insulation in the bottom of the groove.
To make it mobile (I still like pretty much everything on wheels in my shop), I made a base out of scrap lumber and attached casters to it.
The lid fits snug on the can, but for extra security, I installed eye-hooks on top of the lid and on the base for a set of bungee cords.
I turned some scrap stock on the lathe and made a pretty good-sized pile of shavings which I then sucked up with the dust collector. Nothing detectable would up in the bag, and the pile was relocated to the bottom of the can.
I don’t have any empirical data, and it does seem that I have a little less suction, but I think that is to be expected, particularly when using reducers to accommodate 4” hoses. I think the loss in suction is offset by getting less in the filter and not having to empty the DC bag quite so often.
BTW, the dust collector shown is a Jet DC650A that I picked up on CraigsList for $50. I added the PSI canister filter (~$130) last year, and bought the Super Dust Deputy and reducers for the SDD inlet and outlet for ~$220 plus S&H. My total investment, including hoses, fittings, etc. is in the $460 range.
Down the road, I will probably replace the dust collector with a more powerful unit, but for now, I am pretty happy with it. And my future plans include moving the SDD to whatever new configuration I come up with.
-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"