|Review by Tim_456||posted 07-23-2008 09:35 PM||20661 views||0 times favorited||9 comments|
My review is of Oneida’s Dust Deputy.
I’ve had this addition to my shop vac for a little over a year and it is performing very well.
I ordered mine online directly from Oneida and it came, unassembled, in a very short amount of time. Ordering was fast and easy. Assembly was quick but did involve silicon sealant. This is placed between the lower canister and the upper cone to create an air tight seal between the parts. It took about 15 minutes to assemble plus the addition of the silicon cure time.
The only other item I needed was a coupler between my shop vac hose and the metal input port on the Dust Deputy. Otherwise the hose kept falling off every time I moved the whole contraption. To fasten the hose to the DD I used a rubber plumbing coupling with two clamps. After securing all the hoses I was ready for action.
I use my Dust Deputy in two ways. The first way is as a vacuum during the clean up stages of a project. I attach the hose to a nozzle and suck up all the debris left over from some home improvement project. The second way is attached to my ROS. I have a DeWalt variable speed model that has excellent dust collection capabilities. These two tools together provide a very good, small, portable dust collection system. I’ve sanded wood and even drywall (yes, drywall) and in all cases the dust deputy keeps the majority of the dust from ever making it into the shop vac (dust pump).
Cleaning out the DD is very easy. You remove the clamp holding the lid onto the canister, remove the lid, and dump the contents into a garbage bag. The size of the canister is just right. Any bigger and it would hold more but also weigh more. Any smaller and you’d have to empty it a lot more often. Reverse the process and the DD is back up and ready for action. The whole emptying procedure takes about 5 minutes. Very easy.
I found the Dust Deputy to be very effective at collecting that vast majority of dust before it makes it to the shop vac. I’ve used it on large debris and small dust particles. The large debris is sucked up, bangs around the cyclone and falls into the bucket. The small particles (drywall dust) are also effectively isolated from the shop vac. I can tell its doing its job because there is very little dust in the shop vac and on the shop vac’s filter while the Dust Deputy’s bucket is full of the stuff. It certainly wasn’t 100% effective, but it was close and reduced the volume of dust to a level that my tired old shop vac could more than handle. I recently had to touch up a small patch of drywall in the house. I patched it and sanded it with the ROS attached to the DD and did not end up with a haze of dust around the work.
The only limitation I found was the volume of air that the device could generate. This was limited to the shop vac that was driving the device and the diameter of the hose/device. This is certainly not a replacement for a dust collection system and shouldn’t be viewed as a cheap alternative. When I attached it to my table saw it just didn’t move the volume of air required to effectively collect dust from the device. It was great for cleaning up after the work was done but I wouldn’t attach it to anything bigger than a ROS and expect it to capture particles as they are cut. To be fair, Oneida does not advertise it for this capacity.
Another limitation is that it is big and clunky. I’ve used this all over the house to keep the dust down during projects and it’s a real clunker to move around. It always seems like I need just another foot or two of hose and that it’s always getting tipped over as I pull it just enough to reach that last spot. Between the vacuum and the Dust Deputy and all the cords and hoses it does get in the way to move through a project. That’s a minor inconvenience however, next to the fact that when I’m done cleaning up my wife is happy to NOT have a layer of dust on everything. Prior to this my shop vac was just that, a dust pump.
I should mention that my shop vac is a middle of the road Sears model that is about 15 years old.
To conclude this review, I would highly recommend this device to anyone in woodworking or to anyone that does home improvement in general.
I would add castors to the DD so it is easier to move around. I would also add something that lets me attach the vacuum portion of the shop vac directly to this device so that they could be moved as one unit. It would get a bit tall, but I’m thinking of attaching my whole shop vac on top of the DD and making it a permanent combination. At least it would cut down on the hose mess. Other than that, this product does exactly what it is designed to do.