|Review by WoodJitsu||posted 11-26-2013 10:09 PM||8472 views||0 times favorited||9 comments|
- Grizzly G0703P 1-1/2 HP CYCLONE DUST COLLECTOR-POLAR
- Brand: Grizzly | Category: Dust Collection
Like every other woodworker, I owned a Habor Freight 2HP dust collector. It served me well in its stock form, but I knew it was leaving lots of fines floating around my small shop and I needed to either upgrade it or buy something new. I looked at all the options with the filters, baffles, etc, but I came to the conclusion that for a few extra bucks (ok, more than a few) I could really upgrade. So I took the plunge and bought the Grizzly cyclone. My concern was the the CFM, I’ll address that later. Ordered Monday, received it Friday. First thing to note, this sucker (heh) is heavy. Assembly was easy, with the only hard part of lifting the motor/shroud unit up once the stand was assembled. I did it by myself, but would recommend a friend if you have one handy. My only complaint about the construction of this cyclone was the fact that it was easy to over torque the bolts and the embedded nuts in the stand would turn. Had to be careful when tightening. Otherwise, this thing is built like a tank. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but the build quality of this DC has far exceeded my expectations.
So you’re saying “Yeah, that’s great and all, but how does it perform compared to the HF DC?” Well… as I mentioned earlier, I was nervous that I was downgrading CFM with this purchase. I didn’t. In fact, it’s MUCH stronger than the HF. Few things to bare in mind here. A) MY HF was bone stock, so I’m sure the CFM was limited compared to a modified unit. B) I have no scientific method of testing them other than feeling the suction side by side. C) The new one was more expensive, so it has to better, right :) But seriously, in my opinion, the Grizzly out performs the Harbor Freight by a noticeable amount. I’m currently running a 6” to double 4” adapter. Without the 4” adapter, the 6” opening pulls like crazy. I would love to pipe the shop in 6”, but I think that’s beyond my space capability.
I had read that this will trigger a 20A circuit with the 6” opening. Mine didn’t. In fact, I’m running my TS and this collector on the same circuit. I start the DC first, then power on the TS and have not blown the breaker. I plan to run another 20A for the DC, but for now, it all works on the same one (I was surprised by this!)
Remote works great and is so handy to have. I was always lurching over to turn on the HF, so this is a welcome upgrade.
I do have 1 complaint (other than the bolt issue) It’s louder than the HF. Noticeably louder. It whines like a turbine and is a little annoying since it’s at close proximity to my TS and Jointer. No problem, I’ll just throw on the hearing protection when needed, but I wish it were a little quieter.
This was my first major Grizzly purchase and I’m very happy with the product. I had almost spent a few hundred more on the Laguna, but I’m glad I didn’t. Now I can put that money towards my next purchase, a grizzly jointer. If you’re on the fence, get off it and get one of these, your lungs will thank you!
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