|Review by jake||posted 08-19-2009 04:10 PM||2573 views||0 times favorited||9 comments|
I thought this may be an answer for benchtop tool dust collection. I often move and sometimes use my bench top planer and jointer outdoors in nice weather on portable carts due to my small shop space. It was rated at 300 CFM. When buying it, I thought taking dust right at the port and not having to travel through long hoses would help. It did not! The suction is poor, you could get a similar result from a shop vac if you reduce down the dust port to the smaller hose size on the vac. Like a shop vac it uses a universal motor. Granted for it’s size a universal motor makes sense, since they are compact, light and powerful but very loud. So this is very loud too, I would say even louder than some shop vacs. It did ship with a nice 1 micron bag instead of the stated 30 micron bag. It is being discounted heavily online now. I’m sure for the reasons I stated. It is still listed on the mfg website as well. I see it available through Sears under the Craftsman name too, at the original prices Steel City tried to ask. I like what Sears has done with several of its new products, like its line of routers and am sorry to see they slapped their name on another poor product. In its defense, it is compact, can fit on the machine itself in most instances if there is a 4 inch dust port, removes some debris and the dust bag was a nice 1 micron nice piece saving money on shop vac cartriges. The 300 cfm rating is about 30 percent higher than the cfm rating of a larger shop vac, which I have seen listed at 180 for the so called 5 and 6 hp vacs. I hope the Craftsman also ships with the 1 miron, the stated 30 would make the purchase even less viable. Avoid this one or at least get it at a greatly reduced price to make it worth it, the bag is close to worth what some online retailers are asking for the mini dust collector (if is ships with the 1 micron like mine did).