Originally Posted by hardwired
I'd like to pick up the Bosch 1617 kit off Amazon and I already have a Ridgid shopvac like the one in your setup but I believe I need to replace the filter.
What exactly do I need to get for a Dust Deputy and attachments to the Bosch?
The stock pictures of the Bosch 1617 do not appear to show a dust collection attachment on it and there seems to be a number of Dust Deputy types.
My system is a hodge-podge of miscellaneous parts, but I'll try to describe each part...
Starting from the router, you need the dust collection kit(s) from Bosch, for one or both bases:
* RA1172 for the fixed base: http://www.amazon.com/Bosch-RA1172AT-Router-Dust-Extraction/dp/B00005RHPR
* RA1173 for the plunge base: http://www.amazon.com/Bosch-RA1173AT-Dust-Extraction-Kit/dp/B00005RHPN
Then I used the 1.25" shop vac hose from my old, broken Genie shop vac. The vac end of the hose already had a plastic expander on it that fits perfectly into the 2.5" connection. You can get a similar hose in an accessory kit such as this one: http://www.amazon.com/Ridgid-VT2534-Auto-Detailing-Kit/dp/B001FS4TWQ/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&qid=1355388408&sr=8-8&keywords=ridgid+shop+vac+hose+kit
EDIT: this hose would work, too, and is only $14 at Sears: http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_12605_00917866000P?vName=Tools&cName=WetDryVacs&sName=Filters%20&%20Accessoriesmv=rr
I taped one of the connectors from the following hose kit to the input (side connector) of the Dust Deputy. I also use the hose from this kit when I am vacuuming the floor, etc.:
The Dust Deputy unit itself is the "DIY" version, which means that you only get the cyclone, and I connected to my old, dead Genie shop vac reservoir:
But I would just get one of these more complete Dust Deputy kits if I didn't already have the old, dead shop vac to use as a reservoir:
The reservoir would probably work best if the Deputy was vertical, rather than tilted slightly like it is when I stack the dead shop vac on top of the live shop vac (they are stacked in the picture). But it still works quite well at that angle, and I like the reduced floor space requirements. Maybe the "DIY" Dust Deputy with a regular 5gal bucket and some DIY plywood brackets to hold the bucket vertical would be even better than my stacked-vacs setup, for less cost than the deluxe kits.
The hose between the Dust Deputy and the shop vac is just the hose that came with the shop vac. It fits snugly and does not require any adapters or tape or anything.
To make the vacuum turn on when I turn on the tool, I use a Craftsman AutoSwitch. You plug the tool into the master outlet, plug the vacuum into one of the slave outlets, make sure the vacuum switch is "on", and then the vacuum will run automatically when you turn the tool on. It is a nice convenience for not a lot of money:
That's it. I use it with the regular shop vac attachments, my router, circular saw (Makita saw with Eurekazone dust kit), jigsaw (Bosch, dust collection port doesn't work very well -- but assistant holding vacuum tip near cut works better
), and benchtop disc/belt sander (Ryobi). It's fun to have a clean shop, and the dust deputy makes it sort of fun to clean up, too, as you watch things swirl around in the translucent cyclone.