|Review by Bob A in NJ||posted 01-26-2013 05:44 PM||8231 views||2 times favorited||17 comments|
Here’s my new DC system and includes a Grizzly G0548Z, East Carago Cyclone, Penn State Remote and Blastco Pipes, gates and elbows.
System works well, took a few weekends to get it all together.
Had to install new 220 breaker in the main panel.
Needed new wiring and 220 remote contol from Penn State Industries. The remote works very well, no issues. I tape magnets to the remote and attach it to the cyclone or lathe most of the time.
The 548 DC itself is very nice, went together very quickly with no issues with shipping damage. No need to call Grizzly other than to place the order. I’ve had very good success with all my Grizzly equipment. I added an extra handle on the top of the DC in order to easily turn the handles without hugging the filter. I knew it was going to be loud, any time you move that much air, it makes a lot of noise. Iwish I had the room to make a separate enclosure room to dampen the noise, instead, will just use my hearing protection more often when standing at the lathe. The noise is not too bad when using the table saw.
The East Caroga Cyclone is available in two sizes, this is the larger one for ~$200. Very well constucted, a bit heavy but its a lot of metal so no big deal. No issues with shipping and came in just a couple days. Had to figure a way to lift the cyclone while moving the trash can so I made a small block and tackle rig to make that task easy. Gary at East Caroga is a great guy and can be reached at email@example.com. Check out his info on ebay or Youtube.
Also needed a new 6”’ x 8’ hose to connect the cyclone to the DC, that’s about another $80.
The Blastco pipes went together very easy in about 3 hours.
Added a small trash can onto the back on the miter saw which works great and gets everything the Festool does not collect.
The fixed hookup covers my lathe, miter saw and table saw with metal and/or flexible piping. I connnect my bandsaw, planer and floor clean up with flex hose as needed.
Check out the cyclone lid on the Festool set up. The small cyclone lid fits on a 3 gallon pail and works great. It’s fun to watch the dust being sucked in. The need to change the Festool bags will now become a rare task to do. These are available on the web and at Woodcraft.
Overall, system works as I expected. Very happy with it.
-- Bob A in NJ