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    Buy one. Buy two. They really are amazing. I recently bought the mini cyclone for a shop vac as well as the big steel one from my home-made DC system. Both of them trap an amazing amount of dust. I have no real way to measure the DC output, but nothing is visible from it (there are no filters). The mini was easy to measure. I cleaned out the inside of the shop vac, then used it with the cyclone to pick up just around the shop, then made a bunch of miter saw cuts. There is about 3/4 inch of stuff in the cyclone, but the shop vac still looks clean inside. Amazing. I used to also experience a slow-down as the vac filter got covered in stuff, and so far, it's running at 100%.

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    I really like the small clear Dust Deputy. It is satisfying to watch it do its thing. I actually shipped that over here with the 5 gallon bucket. I was able to pack many small tools into the cyclone body itself and it shipped over nicely. It is a great little accessory. Now I just need to find a local shopvac.

    When I set it this time, I'm going to draw inlet and outlet arrows on it. I have swapped them a couple times when I reconnected the dust hose and that was a mistake!

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    • #3
      Hah, good thing to watch for! Since the shop vac's own container is now redundant, and so **** huge, I'm thinking about building a cart to house the cyclone with just the shop vac head and not its barrel. Minimize space. I'd stash the barrel in the back yard or something in case it needs to be used later I guess.

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      • #4
        I really do think you need the vacs barrel because without it you couldn’t pull the vacuum. Most shop vacs pull thru the filter from within the barrel. You could hook the suction hose to the bottom of the vac where the filter goes. I believe you are mistaken that the dust deputy gets all the dust though, there is still some really fine stuff that does get through the clycone, you might not be able to see it but your lungs could find it.

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        • #5
          There is definitely fine dust getting through. So far, none is visible in the barrel, even after a bunch more use. My plan is to drop the shop vac top onto the cart into a small sealed area, just above the cyclone. I already have a Teflon HEPA filter on it. There's just no need for the 14-gallon barrel any more.

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          • #6
            I have the little dust deputy on my shop vac and the super dust deputy on my DC system. Both work great. I havent looked in the shop vac barrel for ages but guess I should. I know that if the collection bin/bucket fills up then dust and chips will start to flow in there. I can attest to this as it happens pretty regularly with my main DC. I have a 20 gal drum on there which was the biggest I could fit in the space I have. My DC is in an attached storage area outside my shop so I dont look in there all the time and it can fill pretty quickly when I am doing a lot of jointing/planing.
            Jon

            Phoenix AZ - It's a dry heat
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            We all make mistakes and I should know I've made enough of them
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            • #7
              Jon, if you want to build that bin full detector I mentioned in the other thread, the parts run about $40 and we can get it hooked up in an hour or two.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Carlos View Post
                Jon, if you want to build that bin full detector I mentioned in the other thread, the parts run about $40 and we can get it hooked up in an hour or two.
                Tell me more.
                Jon

                Phoenix AZ - It's a dry heat
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                We all make mistakes and I should know I've made enough of them
                techzibits.com

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                • #9
                  Check out this thread: http://www.sawdustzone.org/forum/dis...ection-version

                  The Youtube video linked there has the parts list. It's a rip-off of the Oneida sensor, but with one part changed because they used something more costly without benefit. There's always a scotch and cigar available if you want to come by...

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