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Blog entry by jm64 posted 1282 days ago 2031 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Dust collection in my shop is limited to my shop vac set up with a hepa filter. If I need to do anything that kicks up a lot of dust, I roll the tools out in the yard and work there. There are a few operations that aren’t convenient to do outside.

First, my Mitre Saw is most easily used in place. I use a controller to turn on the vac when I’m using the saw. It collects some of the dust but a lot of it goes all over. Also, when I’m sanding a project between coats of finish there is some dust that is hard to collect.

I ordered the Jet AFS-1000B from Amazon for $280. It arrived in good condition. I read through the manual, but there isn’t much to set up. Plug in and go. It included a remote control to adjust the three air speeds and it also has a timer function. I decided on this unit because it has decent specs for the price point – 98% of 5 micron particles and 85% of 1 micron particles.

It currently is sitting on a table top. I have an eight foot ceiling, so I don’t think I want to hang it there. The manual describes a wall mounting option that I am considering.

So far it seems to work well. I’ve used it a couple of days in the shop and it has cut down on the amount of dust. On low speed, it is pretty quiet, but noticeable. On the medium or higher speeds it bothers me so I have been wearing hearing protection while it is on.

After I use this for a bit and decide how to mount it I’ll post a review.

-- Joe, Cumming, GA



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reedwood

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#1 posted 1282 days ago

Joe,
I have an idea. Is there attic space above your shop?
What if you created a 4×5? skylight shaft (with or without a skylight) that is big enough to install the filter box flush with the ceiling? If you mount this on a wall it wont be as efficient and may get the wall all dusty.

I added a ridge beam in my 3 car garage shop and vaulted the ceiling which gave me lots of room to mount it in the center of the ceiling.

Great unit. you’ll love it.

-- Mark - I prefer the tumult of liberty to the quiet of servitude. - Malo periculosam

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jm64

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#2 posted 1282 days ago

Mark,
Unfortunately my shop is in my basement :-). It’s a good idea and I appreciate the feedback.

-- Joe, Cumming, GA

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NBeener

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#3 posted 1282 days ago

FWW picked this one as their #1, overall in their test of air filtration units.

Congrats, and … excellent choice !

-- -- Neil

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jm64

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#4 posted 1281 days ago

Neil,
Thanks. Appreciate the link to the article.

-- Joe, Cumming, GA

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Greg..the Cajun Box Sculptor

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#5 posted 1281 days ago

I have had the same Jet system for several years and fins it does a very good job. However, lately it seems to keep running at an extremely low rpm when it is turned off. I came into my shop one morning and could hear this low humming noise and discovered it turning someone around 30-40 rpm’s. It has done this several times lately. It is mounted at ceiling level and I have to get out the ladder and unplug it from the outlet that was installed in the ceiling for it. Have to climb the ladder and plug it in again each morning. Called tech support and they were no help. Other than that it works fine.

-- If retiring is having the time to be able to do what you enjoy then I have always been retired.

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jack1

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#6 posted 1281 days ago

That is a nice unit. Lungs are important!
Jack

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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reedwood

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#7 posted 1281 days ago

Greg, that’s weird.

I’m surprised they couldn’t identify the problem and send a new part.

It sounds like a fire hazard too.

I’m no electrician but did you try to blow out the elctrical relay switch panel thingy ma bob?

Bummer.

-- Mark - I prefer the tumult of liberty to the quiet of servitude. - Malo periculosam

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schleeper

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#8 posted 1270 days ago

Greg,
I just bought this unit, and attached it to the ceiling joist in my basement woodshop yesterday. Plugged it in, and after a delay of about five seconds or so, it started to exhibit the exact same behavior that you’re experiencing (fan revolving at low speed, and very noticeable buzzing sound.) At first I thought I had plugged it in with the switch in the on position, but that wasn’t the case. In fact, when I did turn it on, the buzzing stopped. But as soon as I turned the machine off, it was back again immediately. The only way to stop it was to pull the plug. Surely, that’s not the way it’s supposed to work. I just called the tech support people at 800-274-6846, and they agreed. They’re sending me a new PC board. I told them I’d read your posting, and they suggested you give them a call.

BTW, do you see how much they’re getting to replace the outer filter? $60!!! What’s that all about? It looks like nothing more than a glorified furnace filter, only smaller. Sure hope it doesn’t need replacing too often.
John

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NBeener

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#9 posted 1270 days ago

Since I own a commercially made air filter (JDS unit), I’m certainly not suggesting that people shouldn’t buy this sort of unit, but ….

I also recently MADE a second air filtration unit.

One thing I did, during construction, was to build the enclosure LARGE and SQUARE, so that … down the road … I could use ANY sort of filter(s) I wanted to, and NOT be constrained by size—particularly if the size was an odd one, meaning I HAD to buy from a very limited choice.

I simply have two hooks in the filter compartment, and use a bungee cord, secured TO those hooks, to keep the filters nicely in position.

Works like a dream, too !

And … while—for the moment—my on/off is plugging it in, and unplugging it—I bought a 12hr whole-house fan timer that I’ll soon install.

And you could EASILY make this remote-operated, either by using a Long Ranger-type product, or nearly anything else.

-- -- Neil

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schleeper

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#10 posted 1265 days ago

Update:

The replacement PC board arrived two days after my phone conversation with customer service. It probably took all of ten minutes to perform the swap, and when I plugged it back in my ears experienced the most beautiful sound – SILENCE! The horrible buzzing noise is completely gone.

John

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reedwood

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#11 posted 1265 days ago

It WAS the elctrical relay switch panel thingy ma bob!!!
I told you so!

-- Mark - I prefer the tumult of liberty to the quiet of servitude. - Malo periculosam

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MLK

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#12 posted 1259 days ago

I just ordered the AFS 1000 from Woodcraft and I noticed that the model number was AFS 1000 not the AFS 1000B,
is there a diffrence?

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jm64

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#13 posted 1256 days ago

I don’t think so. I think the actual model number is AFS 1000B, which is a 1000 CFM unit. On Jet’s web site they have it listed as AFS 1000B

-- Joe, Cumming, GA

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