|Review by Eric_S||posted 10-30-2009 02:29 PM||3781 views||0 times favorited||20 comments|
I don’t know how informative this review will be as it’s my first dust collector and review, but I’ll try. I was originally looking at the 50-760 after hearing lots of good reviews, but since I plan on only using one tool at a time and I dont mind rolling this around from tool to tool I didn’t mind something a little cheaper as I was trying to save money (or so I thought), quieter, and smaller.
Despite reviews I’ve seen on amazon, this thing was very simple to setup, but then again I’ve never had problems putting together anything, including futons from walmart with the worst possible instructions…it just takes longer ;) While the instructions weren’t specifically clear, the pictures helped a lot. The only difficulty is that they have you install the motor housing before the cross support beam which means its very wobbly while attaching the heavy motor. I think this is why they recommend doing it with it laying on its side but that too was a little difficult. A second hand would have helped. All in all, it took about an hour to put together. I purchased the CT version, which I dont know if that was a good decision or not. I didn’t realize the felt bag it comes with is 1 micron, while the cartridge filter is 2 micron. I hear cartridges though have more breathing room though so maybe it will help with suction? Can anyone confirm this?
The only difficult part I had was installing the cartridge as instructions say to put the included foam tape around as a seal before attaching. Well, the cartridge is so tight fitting that no matter what I was unable to attach the cartridge with the foam. Luckilly the cartridge has its own foam liner that should protect any dust from coming out around the seal, so I didn’t use the foam.
The max suction it states is 650cfm, and since I’m only using one tool at a time with a 6 foot hose it seems to be doing a great job so far with my planer (although I haven’t put anything more than 6” wide through yet) and bandsaw. Its also quieter than my shop vac so its much more pleasant to work with. The clear bottom bags are a nice addition too, very easy to attach and remove.
Now on to my regrets, I could have saved a hundred bucks I think if I got the regular 50-720 without the cartridge. Either way, it comes with a 1 micron felt bag so I really hope that although the cartridge is 2 micron, it will perform better. I hope someone can comfort me with this decision. Also, the 4’ duct that it comes with is a joke. I do agree with other reviews in that they should have at least included a 5 or 6 foot hose. The 4ft included hose has a lot of spring to it so it seems more like 3 feet. The wheels are also really tiny making it difficult to roll around the concrete floor so maybe I’ll upgrade those later.
All in all though, for a first dust collector I am very happy with it. I will probably have to upgrade though if I move and have a dedicated workshop where I can attach lots of ductwork. But for now, I am very happy with it and a big improvement over my crappy, noisy shop vac.
-- - Eric Indianapolis, IN