|Review by Greg3G||posted 03-03-2008 07:43 PM||3836 views||0 times favorited||14 comments|
I purchased this at the Baltimore Woodworking Show recently. I was in the market for one (cough, cough, wheeze ? ) and was looking at both the Delta and the Steel City. They had received the best reviews so I thought I would look at them first hand. The found that the both machines were fairly comparable in statics but the Steel City came at a better price; I picked it up for $320 including tax which was about $40 less than the Delta.
I do like the 1 micron bag that comes standard. I also like the fact that the lower bag is plastic which allows for less of a mess when empting.
It works very well on most of my machines; most problems have to do with the hose fittings and not the dust collector. I will probably start using the twist lock fittings when I begin setting up my runs.
I will probably put this in a semi-permanent position soon. I plan on rewiring for 220v as soon as I can get a circuit set up for it.
Set up was pretty straight forward; the instructions were well written and illustrated. The parts were clearly marked and all present. Assembly took about an hour but that was just me taking my time, I could have probably completed it in about 40 minutes.
I only have one complaint with this machine. The motor is mounted to the base with a hose connecting it the separator. This puts the power switch too low to the floor. Every time you want to turn it off or on, you have to bend over and that may be a problem for someone with back problems. This can be solved with a remote switch. I would prefer a post mounted power switch, or at least an option for one.
CFM is with in market range
Noise level is acceptable
Ease of assembly
1 micron bag standard
Lower bag is plastic.
Power switch too low
Casters too small
Please note that the attached picture is not accurate to the set up for the machine….and I am too embarassed to show pictures of my shop right now (in the middle of insulating, wiring and drywalling.)
-- Greg - Charles Town, WV