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#1 posted 03-23-2013 04:42 PM

Here are some thoughts on checking out that collector:
1. Examine inside and outside of the filter element looking for rips/tears/abrasion/built up dust coating
2. Examine impeller for condition and diameter. Bigger diameter generally means more CFM/pressure
3. Get a clamp-on current meter and measure current and compare with nameplate current. This will give you some confidence that the motor is ok (if measured and nameplate current are close) and let you know what amperage your workshop circuit must be to handle the dust collector. Run the collector with about 10’ of duct hooked up to it to mimic the load you’ll have when operating in your workshop plus to avoid the motor running with too little resistance. Max current will be at least pressure resistance.
4. Take a couple of buckets of sawdust and chips with you and suck ‘em up at the end of your 10’ hose to get a sense of suction CFM/suction pressure
5. Listen … how loud? steady sound? rattles? Block off the inlet to the 10’ hose and listen to motor.
6. Take some incense sticks with you and while the collector is running, move the lit incense stick over the flow path, impeller housing, filter housing, filter elements, etc looking for visible air leaks.
7. Is it a name brand that you can still get parts if needed?

If these kinds of checks show good results, and if you believe it to provide enough suction/CFM based on your crude loading tests, then you might want to consider this dust collector for a modest price at 10 years old.


-- Tom

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