|Review by Mainiac Matt||posted 03-12-2012 02:58 PM||9806 views||3 times favorited||15 comments|
I’ve been reading up on and conspiring to get DC into a working shop for what seems like ages. And though I’ve always wanted to set up a two stage cyclone system, when it came right down to it, I didn’t have the space or the money. So turning my sights to single stage units, I flagged the G0548Z as my pick. Fast forward to January, when I found that the price had gone up in the 2012 catalog, but that the holiday sale of $375 was still good for a few more days….. it was now or never!
I almost refused the unit upon delivery as the box was badly damaged. If your box is gashed or ripped, you need to inspect b4 you sign. I snapped a few pics and then opened the box and inspected and there was no apparent damage so I signed the BOL.
II. Set up
You will have to supply your own 220 v single phase plug (I read the manuel online b4 purchasing, so I knew this) and that’s going to run you ~ $10 at a hardware store.
All the required hardware was present and the instructions in the manual were good. I was slow and meticulous… re-read the manual completely and then set up the DC in about 1.5 hours.
This motor can not be wired for 120 v ac (it pulls 12 amps at 220 v) so if you can’t/don’t want to wire up a 220 v circuit, it’s not the DC for you.
I know it’s cliche’, but a I have to say it…. “this baby sucks!” and I mean really sucks. Though this is the first DC I’ve personally owned, I have dealt with our large commercial systems at work, and this Grizzly pulls just as hard (if not harder) at the end of a ten foot long 4” flex hose, than any of our big systems pull at a given machine port.
As far as my senses can tell (looking for dust floating in the sunlight, smell, allergic reaction…. I’m somewhat sensitive to dust in general) the canister is catching the fine stuff and not just spewing it back into the shop.
I’ve had the unit set up for a month now and just dumped my first bag. I can see that much more debri gets built up in the filter pleats when the bag gets over 1/2 full, so I’ll be emptying it sooner in the future.
The DC continues to run strong and has not developed any vibration.
IV. Comparisons / Final Observations.
I’ve eyed the comprable Jet model at Woodcraft and it’s pretty obvious that the Grizzly is quite a bit more robustly constructed. The housing for the blower is fabricated of thicker sheet metal. I have never put my hands on the comprably sized Harbor Freight model, so I can’t comment on that one.
The G0548Z has a formed sheet metal discharge chute to the filter ring, where many others have a flex tube. The smooth walled large sweep radius of this metal chute presents less resistance to air flow. But more importantly to me, the discharge side is (IMO) not the place for flex hose. I’ve used a large leaf vac blower (the type used to fill trucks) that had very thick and rugged flex on the discharge side, and after a long day of shooting leaves and acorns through it, the 8” flex hose was perforated and torn.
This DC is LOUD!
I have one gripe about this DC, and that is the position of the motor starter switch. Come on Grizzly. Should I really need to bend over and touch my toes every time I start or stop the DC? I’ll either be remote wiring this switch, or setting up a wireless starter in the near future.
For my shop and budget, the G0548Z has proven to be a great addition. And I think it’s also a great platform for building a 2 stage system as well.
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