|Review by Kobra||posted 10-05-2013 12:49 AM||6832 views||2 times favorited||11 comments|
After using my shop-vac as my dust collector for several months, I finally broke down and purchased a real dust collector. Let’s be honest, using a shop-vac for a dust collection system is akin to using a weed trimmer to mow your lawn.
1) I wanted a system with a relatively small footprint. Like most DIYers, lack of space is enemy #1.
2) Spend no more than $400. I couldn’t justify spending more money when woodworking is a hobby.
3) CFM greater than 400. The average CFM for a shop-vac is around 200. I wanted at least double that amount.
4) Filtration rating of 1 micron. All of my research pointed to this rating. This requirement reduced my options tenfold.
After much deliberation, I ended up buying the Grizzly G0583Z. The base is 15”X26” with the overall height being 59”. Total cost including y-fitting, clamps and extra bags was $385. The hose and blast gates were purchased at Menards, so I ending up spending slightly more than $400. Grizzly claims the airflow capacity for the 583Z is 800 CFM. It uses a canister filter with a rating of 1 micron.
Assembling the 583Z was super easy. It took me less than 45 minutes to get everything set up.
1) I noticed an obvious improvement the first time I used it with my table and band saw. The amount of sawdust on the floor was noticeably less. I still have to use my air compressor once in awhile to clean out the saws, but I put more of the blame on the saws themselves.
2) This thing is quieter than my shop-vac, which was a pleasant surprise.
3) Portability – This thing is small enough where I can move it around or out of the way depending on the situation.
After a while, I started to notice a slight collection of dust around the seams. I used electrical tape to remedy this problem. Not a deal breaker just a minor annoyance.
This is a great dust collector for those who have limited space and/or a modest budget. It certainly won’t compete with the big boys, but it is an obvious improvement over the shop-vac route.