Some time back I had received a dust deputy as a present and just got around to setting it up. If you aren’t familiar with it, the idea is that it deposits the materials wood/metal swarf in a bucket rather than in the vacuum itself. The bucket is much easier to clean out than a typical oddly shaped shopvac. The overall picture of the setup is below.
So I ran my first test cleaning up swarf out of my mill enclosure. This was a tough test because the swarf is very small and light. I thought the flakes might bypass the deputy and go right into the vacuum. Well, the result is amazing:
The vacuum is empty:
And the bucket is full!