Oneida Dust Deputy

WOOD magazine rating
Average reader rating
4.4
out of 5
Brand:
Oneida Air Systems
Model:
Dust Deputy
Price:
$95

Description

Deluxe Dust Deputy Kit with two five gallon buckets
Constructed of a translucent static resistant plastic
Features tapered ports to connect to most shop vacuum hoses
99 Percent of dust goes in drum
Extends the life of your shop vacuum and your filters

WOOD magazine review

Separator slows vac filter clogging

Review Summary

I used the latest version of Oneida’s Dust Deputy extensively over several months as I framed, drywalled, and trimmed my basement, and it saved me from many shop-vacuum filter cleanings. The Dust Deputy is a mini- cyclonic separator that traps about 95 percent of all debris in its plastic bucket before it reaches the attached vac. It reduced my filter cleaning by about 80 percent. I experienced two minor hassles.
First, the dust port on top of the separator was too small for my vacuum’s hose, so I had to rig it together with tape. When screwed to the side of my vacuum, the Dust Deputy proves awkward to move around and tippy as it begins to fill up. If I had it to do over again, I’d mount the Dust Deputy and my vacuum to a plywood base, and then install the casters for a more stable unit that rolls easily. —Tested by Bill Krier

Detailed Ratings

4.3
out of 5

Performance

5

Features

5

Ease of Use

3

Value

4

Reader Reviews

Needs work

Review Summary

This thing keeps dust from getting to your filter extremely well and has saved me quite a lot of time cleaning filters. BUT when attached to a shop-vac it can become cumbersome. My biggest complaint is that the fitting where you're supposed to attach a hose to your dust-making tool is a stepped fitting that doesn't seem to match any fitting on the market and I've got a few. I emailed Oneida to see if they could offer any suggestions but they didn't bother to answer.
I don't want to tape anything on because I have a medium hose for the shop vac and a small hose for sanders/routers/biscuit joiner. And it does seem pricey for all you get --- but it does work.

Detailed Ratings

2.8
out of 5

Performance

5

Features

2

Ease of Use

2

Value

2

Nice little addition and only d/c I have...for now

Review Summary

Santa brought this a couple years ago. I have a Craftsman 6hp shop vac and had no problems hook up to it. The fittings are tapered to accept what seems to be a variety of hoses. Originally I had the buckets and vac on a piece of MDF with casters, but that was too much of a footprint in the shop. So I did what Bill suggested and mounted them in a plywood cart with the buckets on top.
Moves around much easier now. I also made a small box that I can use to connect a smaller hose to the router or sanders. I found that if I hooked up the small hose directly, it sucked the lid down too much. The box has a hole in either side that the larger hoses go in to and just stay apart enough not to bog down the vac. Seeing how this is the only form of dust collection I have, I don't mind moving it around from tool to tool. Just be careful on the planer or joiner. It will fill up quick fast and in a hurry. Then you'll be cleaning out the filter alot sooner than you want. Bottom line, it keeps the filter remarkably clean and I've yet to have any larger wood chips end up in the vac.

Detailed Ratings

5.0
out of 5

Performance

5

Features

5

Ease of Use

5

Value

5

Very nice shop addition

Review Summary

Well built. Keeps my HEPA filter extremely clean. Haven't had to clean it in over 2 years. Like other users, I had a little trouble mating a hose to the input from my shop vac, but a little duct tape and a hose clamp fixed that problem in no time. My current configuration, bolted directly to my shop vac, is a bit tippy, but I don't blame the Dust Deputy for this. I will build a better setup this summer. Must have for any shop vac.

Detailed Ratings

4.8
out of 5

Performance

5

Features

5

Ease of Use

4

Value

5

Little tool that does !

Review Summary

This has been shown by more than one reviewer to be the best aftermarket add on dust separator for shop vacuums and I agree. I can now use my shop vac all day long without losing any suction due to filter clogging.They are however a little cumbersome since they have to be mounted some where near your vacuum. I made brackets to mount mine above my shop vac to reduce it's foot print and this has worked well.
I bought mine after they reduced the price to around $39.00 dollars ,so to me this is an excellent value and worth every penny. If you hitch your tools up to your vacuum, for dust control, you'll very much appreciate this add on.

Detailed Ratings

4.5
out of 5

Performance

5

Features

5

Ease of Use

3

Value

5

Keeps my small shop a lot cleaner

Review Summary

After reading a lot of reviews I decided to buy Dust Deputy. I bought the basic DYI kit. It took about an hour to mount it on a five gallon bucket. I am so pleased with the unit. It works great with my shop vac. Very little saw dust makes its way to the vac. I plan to attach the Dust Deputy to a larger bucket, around 15 to 20 gallon. This should allow me to attach my planner to the Dust Deputy. I like it so much, I might even get one for my son-in-law.
If I ever move up to a larger dust collection system, I already know I will pick up one of the larger Dust Deputy units.

Detailed Ratings

5.0
out of 5

Performance

5

Features

5

Ease of Use

5

Value

5

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