For greater than a decade, I’ve used Oneida’s first-generation Mud Deputy mounted to the highest of a 5-gal. plastic bucket. It did precisely what you’ll count on—separated the mud, leaving it within the bucket as a substitute of in my costly dust-extractor bag. The system labored nice, however the unit was high heavy and subsequently vulnerable to tipping over. Although I devised workarounds, I nonetheless typically averted utilizing it to spare myself the effort.
In distinction, Oneida’s new Mud Deputy 2.5 Deluxe 10 Gal. Cyclone Separator Package is a pleasure to make use of and works properly. The cyclone nonetheless separates mud properly, however the tippiness is gone due to the added weight from the steel barrel and the unit’s broad stance. The ten-gal. bucket holds ample mud however isn’t so giant it’s unwieldy to empty. The package’s six 1-1⁄2-in. casters let the unit roll simply over mats and cords.
The package comes with a high-quality, 5-1⁄2-ft.-long, crush-resistant hose to run from the separator to your mud extractor, in addition to a strip of foil tape to mount to the separator when you’re apprehensive about static buildup within the separator.
One draw back to the steel barrel is that there is no such thing as a visible indicator that the barrel is full.
Oneida additionally sells the Mud Deputy 2.5 in packages with simply the cyclone itself or with a 5-gal. plastic bucket. However, when you can swing it, the Mud Deputy 2.5 Deluxe 10 Gal. package, with its heavy steel drum, is improbable.
—Internet editor Ben Strano retains the mud down in Southbury, Conn.
Photograph: courtesy of the producer
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