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Originally Posted by MEBCWD View Post
I also have the Rockler Dust Right Separator so I'll include that in the side by side comparison after I get the Dustopper.
I had a rockler years ago and it collected the shavings from the planer very well ,but the dust from the drum sander ended up in the filter. That is when I put in a full sized DC system. I have a mini cyclone I bought off Banggood for $15.00 I was going to hook up to a bucket for catching the dust off the ROS with a vacuum cleaner.

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I saw a youtube video comparing the Dust Deputy and the Home Depot Dustopper. I went with the Dustopper for 40 dollars. Thirty minutes after getting home I had set up the Dustopper with a 25-year-old Craftsman vac, a 50-year-old car creeper, and a milk bottle plastic bin. I was in business.

Works great, Almost nothing gets through to my vac. It's so successful that I'm going to get more for each work station and find used shop vacs for 25 bucks or less. Even new shop vacs can be purchased for 50 bucks on sale.

To me it's cheaper and so much easier to set-up and use than a huge shop-wide dust collector system. If I had one for each tool (table saw, router, band saw, drill press) I still come out cheaper and just as effective in my opinion.

I also use these to clamp hoses onto dust ports. Zip ties w/a quick release. I picked up two more today. About 3 bucks each at HD.

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Steve I like those cable ties. I got some similar to them at Lowes several years ago but mine are hinged at the bottom and not flexible. I did break one of mine a couple of months ago when moving tools around the shop so I think I'll buy one or two of these and try them out. I'm not sure what I would do without the ones I have, they are handy.

I did a test between the Dust Deputy, the Rockler Vortex and the Home Depot DustStopper https://www.routerforums.com/shop-sa...omparison.html

I agree that the DustStopper is well worth the money.

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I recall search on dust collection and found a unit that had four miniature cyclones on it. I wonder if you could do something like that with these units. I have the Rockler units now on 30 galloon fiber drums. Works quite well, but it would be very simple to convert them to the larger Dust Deputy cyclone in one of the two holes in the lid, and fill the other hole with a clear plastic window so I can more easily check dust levels.

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I have the Dust Deputy and love it. I've had a similar experience where the filter bag in the ShopVac does not fill at all. I'm a dust sucking fiend now.

BTW, regarding your photos, are you sure you're holding the iPad they way it thinks is up ?

On a more serious note, I've had similar problems with my iPhone when taking pix landscape and they turn out 90º rotated. I tried rotating them in my PC photo editor, but on one forum, they still turned out 90º off. It has something to do with the embedded properties. So, I have taken to editing them while still on my phone, by rotating them and saving, and then sending them to my PC (I edit on my PC to crop and reduce file size to 640x480 for better handling in web posts) from where I post to the forums. That helps keep things oriented correctly, for me.


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It's funny, but the next to last thing I do in the shop at night is vacuum and empty the dust collector. I guess it comes from having a Mom who didn't like leaving dirty dishes in the sink overnight. She found it depressing to get up in the morning to dirty dishes.

The last thing I do is look around the shop and smile. Whether I made something beautiful or screwed up everything, it's still a pleasure to be alive.

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