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Forum topic by JetDriver posted 03-15-2016 03:10 PM 659 views 1 time favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-15-2016 03:10 PM

Topic tags/keywords: onedia dusty deputy dust collection shop vac small shop

So I’m looking at buying the $99 Onedia Dust Deputy Kit to turn my shop vac into a 2 stage system as at present its my only dust collector. When I do the mat on all the extra parts I have to buy to make it work It seems like the complete kit at $99 is a better deal than the bare collector at $49.

The complete kit comes with a foam block and bolts so you can bolt it up to your shop vac and connect the two rigidly together. What I’m wondering is does anyone have any experience using their system with it connected this way?

My shop is small at 7’6 by 15’2 so when I have larger assembly/ sanding tasks I tend to have to move into one of the bays of my garage. This means dragging the shop vac down a 4 very steep steps so if I’m going to have them bolted up the connection needs to be pretty rigid.

Thanks for your thoughts.

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#1 posted 03-15-2016 03:39 PM

I use the dust deputy with my shop vac everyday. For me, it works great. I don’t use the “bolt on” stuff. I built the cart from Woodsmith. That way I can simply disconnect the cyclone when/if I need the vac somewhere else. I think it would be kind of clumsy having the two bolted together, but others may be doing it. I haven’t done it so I can’t really say.

For me, the kit on the cart works just fine.

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#2 posted 03-16-2016 02:37 AM

I have a Dust Deputy bolted to my shop vac. It works okay. A shop vac itself can have a mind of its own when trying to pull it around. Add on the Dust Deputy and its wheels and it just gets worse.

The attachment of the Dust Deputy is not very solid. Not rigid at all. Of course you are really attaching an empty bucket that the Dust Deputy bucket fits into (two buckets).

While I don’t think it would be impossible to pick the whole thing up and carry up and down a short flight of stairs, it would be cumbersome. I don’t think you could get by with just picking up the shop vac by its handle and expecting the Dust Deputy to go along easily. Might even risk cracking the side of the shop vac where the bolts go through.

Assuming you removed the Dust Deputy (and it’s bucket that may or may not be full of saw dust), I think you’d be fine.

Bottom line is the whole thing is awkward. But while building a specialized cart may have a smaller footprint and be easier to roll around the shop, that would not be easier to pickup and move. Though at least you could potentially remove the shop vac completely from the cart, and use it without any part of the Dust Deputy being attached to it.

Maybe you could build a cart that was designed to be easy to slide or roll up and down those steps. Perhaps with strategically located wheels or skids.

-- Clin

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#3 posted 03-16-2016 03:30 AM

You may want to look at the shop vac cyclone stand plan from Jays custom creations (Jay Bates)

I have a version of this we built just from watching his youtube video and really like it.

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#4 posted 03-16-2016 09:38 AM

You may want to look at the shop vac cyclone stand plan from Jays custom creations (Jay Bates)

I have a version of this we built just from watching his youtube video and really like it.

- BB1

I will second that. I have the deputy as well and will be building a cart similar to Jay’s for my set up.

Could prolly add wheels on the back and tilt it back like a hand truck to move it around easy

-- Sometimes.....I talk to the wood

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#5 posted 03-16-2016 01:21 PM

With a 7’6 by 15’2 shop, you could just stick it in the center of your shop, mount nothing, and just move the hose to the tool you need. That’s how I do it, and I work in a small two-car garage. I’ve had to move the thing a handful of times in the past few years , and when I did, I just picked up the vac in one hand, and the DD in the other, and carry them.

Oddly enough, when I first got the thing, I was going to mount it, or make a cart, or something. When I opened the box, the bag that had the casters was missing. I called Oneida, they were super helpful, and I had the casters 2 days later. Then life happened, and now 2 or 3 years later, they’re still in that bag.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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