|Review by Don Newton||posted 01-18-2010 12:47 AM||14173 views||0 times favorited||20 comments|
After 25 years of injesting sawdust, a very foolish thing to do, a few months ago I took the plunge and purchased a Jet Dust Collector and AFS-400 Air Filtration System. The Air Filtration System works as it should, but in my opinion the Dust Collector has some design flaws that make me sorry I purchased it.
The dust collector is small but should be adequate for my needs. My workshop is in my basement so space is critical and portability is desirable. The Jet DC-650A seemed to fit the bill. I paid full price for this at Woodcraft as what ever tool I need is never on sale (Except my Grizzly bandsaw, great deal there). After explaining my situation to the Woodcraft salesman he recommended the Jet Dust Collector to me.
I am using 4” quick disconnect fittings, again from Woodcraft. When the machine is connected to my Unisaw I get good results but when I connected it to my new DeWalt DW734 12 1/2” Thickness Planer the Jet Dust Collector failed miserably.
The Dust Collector seems to have plenty of power but the shavings jamb-up at the Dust Collector intake.
With the hose removed you can see the clog of shavings.
It appears that the design of the intake is causing the clog. I have removed the shavings to show the design of the machine and what I feel is a design flaw causing the clog.
The photos were taken as I was planing a kiln dried White Fir 2×4” The maximum depth of cut is 1/16” The material was dry and I was not “hogging off” an exceptional amount of material. I would think the Jet should be able to handle it.
I was contemplating cutting out the “grillwork” that is causing the obstruction. AM I MISSING SOMETHING HERE? JET MAKES GOOD STUFF, RIGHT?
A couple of other pet peves that I have with this machine are; the switch and the wheels. The switch is not in a good location. You have to reach around the housing and feel for the switch. It seems that it would have been more convenient to locate the switch on top of the housing.
The wheels are undersized at 2” diameter and unable to roll over an extension cord.
This was my first jet purchase and I was not impressed.
-- Don, Pittsburgh