|Review by Padre||posted 01-23-2009 05:02 AM||12626 views||6 times favorited||35 comments|
I purchased a ClearVue cyclone 1800LH for my shop about two months ago. Had torn muscles in my shoulder, so put it up a month ago, had shoulder surgery, and finally got it wired and turned on for the first time today.
First Impressions: The unit came complete, packaged extremely well. Everything labeled, wrapped, boxed, re-wrapped. I unpacked everything and nothing was dented, broken, scratched or otherwise in any condition but brand new. The system also came with a remote control and 6- 6” blast gates.
Put the unit together. This is more than a 1 person, 1 day project. The motor is REALLY heavy (5hp). The impeller is REALLY heavy. It took me two full days of assembly with the on and off help of two others. The directions are very good with only one minor glitch.
NOTE: Ed, the owner of ClearVue, is a fantastic guy. He actually answers the phone when you call, helps you at any time and answers even the most minor question.
After installing the ClearVue it was time to run the pipe. I chose 6” S&D PVC (green) with S&D elbows (white). I ran the 6” pipe as close as possible to each piece of equipment. I then reduced down to 4” and ran 4” flex hose to each piece of equipment. The longest piece of flex hose I used is 4’. For my drill press I had to reduce down to 2 1/2”.
After reading many articles I decided NOT to ground the piping. If I find that static becomes a problem, I will run copper wire to all my screw joints.
I have absolutely no 90 degree bends, but I do have some back to back 45 degree elbows. 90 degree elbows absolutely kill the airflow.
I put in seven machine drops and one floor sweep drop. The plumbing took another week to complete. Finally found a 30 gallon galvanized garbage can to complete the system, put on the filters and then had to wait to wire it up.
Wired it up today and turned it on for the first time. I did not expect and was shocked to see the power of this unit. It actually lifts up the 30 gallon garbage about 4” off the stand, and then sucks the sides in on the can about 3” I shut it down and called Ed and was assured that this is normal.
All I can say is HOLY COW. This is one powerful, quiet, well-put-together American Made system. I highly recommend this unit.
-- Chip -----------http://www.penmanchip.com-----------------Micah 6:8