|Review by dmann||posted 07-21-2008 02:54 AM||6760 views||0 times favorited||12 comments|
Since I had some encounters with turning and sanding toxic woods earlier this year I’ve been saving up for a dust collector. I turn wood on a Jet 1220 and don’t generate a ton of sawdust or sanding dust but enough to be a nuisance. The shop vac can’t keep up and is quiet noisy.
I have experience with some 1.5hp Jet and Delta models but they were very bigger and noisier than I was looking for. Amazon currently has Delta AP-400’s on sale for $138 shipped but I would be spending money upgrading to 1 micron bags or a canister in pretty short order.
I have a Woodworkers Supply ( http://woodworker.com ) location about 30 miles from my workplace. They carry many popular brands in addition to their own green and yellow Woodtek brand. Noise is a big issue for me since I am in a subdivision and the houses are only 15 feet apart. I called ahead to the showroom and talked to a helpful gentleman (G.W.) and he said he had a few dust collectors on display and would be happy to hook them up so I could get an idea of the noise and suction power.
After trying out a Delta and the WoodTek I decided to purchase the WoodTek 961-360 1hp dust collector. G.W. invited me back into the warehouse while he collected my items. I was on a strict budget and only I only collected a ‘few’ extras while wandering around the warehouse.
The instructions were clear and concise. I put the unit together in about 20 minutes and had 1 extra part. Looks like they recently added a fan that mounts to the bottom shaft of the motor. I backtracked and installed the fan unit. Kind of a pain that it wasn’t mentioned in the instruction manual, but I am glad to have the extra airflow over the motor.
This dust collector is a good size for my shop and has enough power for the machines I use (lathe and band saw).
Small Size (58” high x 28” wide x 14” deep)
2 Felt 1 Micron Bags (14” x 23”)
Quieter than 1.5hp and 2hp models
Easy to move from machine to machine (includes 4 casters)
Not enough power for permanent installation
Not enough power for multiple machines at once
-- David / Durham, NC