I got an exciting shipment in today – a canister filter for my Delta AP400 Shopmaster 1HP dust collector!
Suction has been declining a lot these last months. The bag has been getting dirty but I just hate spending an hour blowing dust out of the thing. I’m always in a rush, stealing time wherever I can to work on something. It’s also a really filthy task. Some people have backyard decks as big as my entire back yard, and I end up getting dust all over my house, garage, patio, shed, and teeny lawn when I’m out there cleaning out the bag, seen here:
That was 30 microns. The new filter brings me down to 2 microns – way better:
The little pleat-smacker’s pivot handle just makes it between the cabinet, wall, and door, if the machine is pulled out a few inches from the wall.
I gave it a test after getting the filter installed, and suction is back to the way it was when I first bought it. I’m very excited. Two questions for you, if you’ve read this far, as the instructions failed to mention:
- should I be twirling the smacker arm after shutting the machine down every time, or just an occasional swiping when it starts to slow down?
- how long should this thing last? It was about $150, and it seems that I’d have to replace most of it someday, as I don’t think the filter really comes out, but is rather part of the whole unit.
Now I have 5x the filter surface area, a cleaning flapper, better suction, and greatly reduced dust particle sizes. This will be my last acquisition for awhile, as I’ve realized my bank balance has been dropping for awhile now, and I want to build up the reserves again!
-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator