I have been using the dust deputy w/steel canister in my basement shop for a couple months now with a (11 month old) 5.5 ShopVac and a CleanStream filter . all I have to say is, Wow!
I have 40+ ft of 2 1/2” hose w/blast gates, 3-90 degree turns, and several “Y’s”, running to 7 machines, and a floor vac gate.
I run 1 (ONE) machine at a time only. 1 gate at a time, to one opening at a time, via remote.
Ever since I started using the Dust Deputy, I noticed (after installing my own sticky weather striping under the rim of all covers to Vac AND Deputy & siliconing all joints) that the suction and amount of particles being picked up is crazy awesome!
The top of the steel can of the Dust Deputy Deluxe visibly sucks down when the remote for the Vac is hit.
I have my old Rockler Dust Right Vortex (that I retired, after cleaning the Vac filter every other day) that I use in-between my Planer and the system so I only have to empty the Vortex of the main chips, nice.
In 2-3 months, there is almost, and I mean nothing really, in my shop vac bottom, OR the Clean Stream filter…NOTHING.
If I had to measure the dust that made it to my vac, I’d say; A TEASPOON, really!
I’m one guy…So for a one man Basement/Garage/small shop…I have had great, not just great, but UNBELIEVABLE results from the Dust Deputy.
(*ANY Cyclone DC is in my opinion much more efficient than a regular DC, dust-wise/cleaning-wise)
RE: After 1 1/2 yrs my ShopVac brand Vac motor died…
I am considering buying a 2HP Dust Collector from Harbor Freight (when a coupon comes up) it goes for $200…I’ll hook it to my Deputy…OR possibly get another ShopVac.
I don’t want to have to change all the 2 1/2” lines that are running through the shop to the machines, although a 4” system would work better with a DC of 2HP. I’m going to try hooking the DC to my 2 1/2” Deputy, and see how it works.
I’m thinking the CFM of the DC at 1550 will work well w/Dust Deputy and provide ample suction, more than I had.
Buy a Deputy if you have a small shop.
I recommend the STEEL Canister…the white 5 gal. buckets suck-together with the suction…no good if you have a strong Vac or DC.
And…they sell a Super Deputy, made of steel! (which I may get if my new DC destroys my lil’ plastic tornado Deputy, ha)