|Review by Ottacat||posted 05-06-2013 01:21 PM||3312 views||1 time favorited||7 comments|
When starting a shop life is full of compromises. We’d all like to install big cyclones with top of the line 6” mains and dedicated drops to each of our machines. However when starting out money is tight and we don’t yet have all the machines in our shop nor really a firm idea of their proper locations. Thus a portable collector that gets moved around is often the way we start collecting dust.
I was initially hoping to find a portable cyclone but they were all either under-powered or started out at a base price of more than twice this unit.
This collector give a lot of value for the money. It is a 2HP , 220V model with a 1 micron canister filter. It came in two boxes and I easily got it assembled. One of the bolt holes for a caster bolt was improperly made so that caster had to make do with only three bolts. However this hasn’t had any detrimental effect. The collector includes weather stripping that mounts inside the canister and then the canister friction fits over top. This is nice in that it gives a good seal and yet the canister is easy to remove to clean it out.
There is also a weather stripping that you apply on the bottom of the intake ring where you clamp on the bottom bag. This helps with seal and reduces dust going back into the shop.
The 2 HP motor is very powerful. I threw out the 3-way Y connector and instead bought a 10’ length of flexible 6” hose from LV that I then stepped down to a length of 4” hose. I currently move this 4” hose between my machines. Suction and airflow are awesome.
There were however a few issues where I made some modifications or changes.
1. Lower bags. The included ones are have simple open ends that you put around the lower part of the intake and then clamp. This is easily the world most stupid and frustrating way to attach a bag. A must-have is the optional ‘Easy-On’ lower bags that incorporate the revolutionary idea of making most of the top of the bag a closed loop that the clamp threads through. This makes re-attaching the bag after emptying a reasonable affair. My only complaint is the loop is in two sections and not all the way around. The area where there is no loop can get improperly seated against the weather stripping and allow dust to fly into the air.
2. Too much disturbance in the bag. The collector is so powerful it creates a very large amount of turbulence in the lower bag causing dust, chips and shaving fly up into the canister filter. I made a Thein filter out of 1/2” MDF and installed below the intake. See the site describing this here – http://www.jpthien.com/cy.htm Once I added this the collector improved significantly. The dust and shaving settle into the lower back in a nice gentle flow and the top filter doesn’t clog. I put the baffle right in the collector as I didn’t want to build or use a separate separator bin as this would make the collector a PITA to move around the shop.
So with these two mods the collector works great. If I was a DC company I’d quickly license the Thein design and build them right into the collectors. They could be added for only a couple of bucks in the manufacturing process as they could be make out stamped sheet metal.
Finally I bought the 220V remote control which is a simple box that sits between the power cord and your shop outlet. It works great and I use it all the time.
I gave the unit 4 stars because I felt the upgraded bag system and Thein baffle should be standard. The weather stripping is an improvement over none but it could be better.