|Review by Tennessee||posted 10-14-2012 05:42 PM||4123 views||1 time favorited||12 comments|
I had been looking into air dust collection for a while now. My shop is too small for a stand-alone unit, and my ceilings are only about 7’, so short of cutting a hole in the wall for some kind of exhaust, even when the big door is open it can get dusty in the work area, which is deep into the shop. And I was not enthused with the less expensive 5 micron bag units, too much stuff still floating around.
When I saw these, I added up my time and cost to buy the filters, build the box, buy the squirrel cage fan and motor, and still these have a timer and three speed operation – I decided this was better for me. Only ten inches high, it goes to the ceiling nicely, and at high speed with the 10X20 inch filter opening you still move a respectable 409CFM per unit.
I bought one and hung it up tight to the rafters with simple allthread through the rafters, and S hooks which hooked onto the provided hooks on the unit. It is tucked nice and tight to the rafters, at high speed only pulls one amp, and the provided remote works great.
I was actually surprised at the amount of dust that collected into the primary filter the first two days. So impressed that I decided to buy a second one and set up a circle of air, which allowed me to remove the fan from the shop, reduce the fan noise , and clean the air all at the same time. They are all zinc coated metal motor and squirrel cage fan and housing, and the 1 micron secondary filter is washable. The primary filter, you remove it with two clips, mask up and take it outside with some compressed air and clean it. Should last a long time. It’s 10X20X2 inches.
Anyone with a small shop, this is a great unit. My shop is a modest 12’ by 24’, so these work great. With both running, I can still hear the radio with normal volumes, and you can hold a nice quiet conversation. They are quiet. They also include a timer for those who might forget to turn them off. All in all, not a bad deal for $215, $199 + $16 shipping.
-- Paul, Tennessee, http://www.tsunamiguitars.com