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Last night I was in the shop for an all-nighter. I have been trying to avoid some of this heat we have been having here in the Dallas area. I got to a point that glue was drying and I needed to go inside to do some test fitting. I did not want to wake everyone up with dogs barking if I went inside so I got everything ready to re-do the test I had messed up last week.

To start I cleaned the vacuum and filter (Ridgid WD 70000), the Dust Deputy (Oneida Air), the Dustopper (Home Depot) and the Dust RIGHT Separator (Rockler).

For each test, I ran a 5 9/16x16 Poplar board through the planer and took two 1/32" passes. Took pictures of the collection bucket, vacuum bucket and filter. Then sanded 3/4" off the end of a 1/2x5 9/16x16 Poplar board with a 12" disk sander. Took pictures of the collection bucket, vacuum bucket and filter. Between test, the vacuum bucket and filter were cleaned.
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The Dust Deputy had no problem with the planner chips and there were no chips in the vacuum bucket and the filter looked clean. After sanding the 3/4" off the board the collection bucket contained a mixture of planer chips and dust. Checking the vacuum bucket showed very light dusting and cleaning the filter showed very little dust actually made it to the filter.
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The Dustopper had no problem with the planner chips and there were no chips in the vacuum bucket and filter looked clean. After sanding the 3/4" off the end of the board the collection bucket contained a light dusting and noticeable fine dust on top of the planner chips. The vacuum bucket had a light dusting and cleaning the filter seemed to have slightly more dust than the Dust Deputy had left but not bad at all.
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The Dust RIGHT Separator had no problems with the planer chips. The vacuum bucket did have a few planner chips and the filter also had some in the pleats. After sanding the 3/4" off the end of the board there was light dusting on the sides of the collection bucket but not much noticeable dust mixed with the planner chips. The vacuum bucket had a lot of fine dust and a few planner chips. The filter had a lot of dust and chips in the pleats.
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My rating would be the Dust Deputy on top, the Dustopper a very close second, and the Dust RIGHT Separator way behind the other two.

Both the Dust Deputy and the Dustopper did a great job of separating the chips and dust and let very little fine dust through to the vacuum to clog the filter. One thing to remember is to connect the correct hoses to the tool and vacuum.

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Doesn't get any better than that for a real world comparison! I have been very happy with the HD Dustopper, especially for the price
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Doesn't get any better than that for a real world comparison! I have been very happy with the HD Dustopper, especially for the price
I think that it was really good next to the Dust Deputy. Should let you run the vac for quite a while before having to clean the filter. I'd buy another one and probably should replace the 2 Dust RIGHT Separators that I have.
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Great job comparing the 3 different dust collectors. Good picture documentation too. I wasn't surprised but it just confirms what I have always thought. I have a DD that i was figuring on hooking up to my palm sander instead of my big cyclone unit.
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Terrific review! Thanks, the DD has been of interest for a long time. Not much more than the HD unit.
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Very well done Mike!! I've been very pleased with my Dust Deputy and how well it works. The only complaints I have are 1, I have to empty it all to often, but thats more a matter of use and volume than design. Suppose it means I'm still busy in the shop which is a good thing and 2: You don't wanna be around when the thing is full and the top blows off... *L* man, what a mess that makes. Here again, operator error (laziness) not a design problem. I got a 10 gallon drum just waiting to be adopted by the DD...

Biggest surprise was the assessment of the Rockler product. You'd thing they would have a much better offering.
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