Dust Vortex vs Dust Deputy

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Forum topic by HokieMojo posted 1247 days ago 5392 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Topic tags/keywords: dust vortex shop vac dust collection dust deputy

It seems like there have been two options for shop vac dust collection improvement. Buy a dust deputy or build a homemade separator. Today I saw a post about a new product being offered by rocker. It is called the dust vortex and you can get to it here:

I think this is pretty new, but I’m wondering a few things:
1) Has anyone tried it and if so, how does it work?
2) Are those standard sized hoses for a shop vac?
3) Does this seem more practical than the DD because of it’s lower height?

Just wondering what people think.

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#1 posted 1247 days ago

In theory Dust Deputy should be more efficient at removing finer dust. It is a true cyclone, albeit not in its optimal configuration. In practice it does not matter because fine dust is left for the vacuum filter to handle. I bet both (DD and Vortex) remove over 99% of bulk dust.
Alternative to either of those is a cyclone unit from a regular bagless household vacuum cleaner placed on top of a bucket. These spare parts are not expensive. Some (Dyson, for example) use several progressively smaller diameter cyclones in series to achieve very high separation efficiency.
It doesn’t answer any of your questions though.

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#2 posted 1247 days ago

I think those are still some value added points.

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#3 posted 1246 days ago

Rockler is less expensive and DD can’t stay together and their customer service sucks. DD does not stand behind their product and only offer a 90 day warranty. Save your money and make a Thein separator.

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#4 posted 1246 days ago

That was something I was thinking about as well. I’ve heard the DD can get quite tippy, especially when it is still empty. This doesn’t appear to have the same problem.

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#5 posted 1245 days ago

Above is a link to pre seperator that has a lot of good reviews and can be made fairly cheaply DIY.

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