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Forum topic by Bill Hall posted 11-06-2007 05:14 AM 3086 views 1 time favorited 15 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Bill Hall

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11-06-2007 05:14 AM

I’m considering a Jet AFS-1000B air filtration system to clean the air in my shop. Does anyone have any experience with this unit? I’d like to know how often you have to replace each of the filters. They are rather expensive. Has anyone tried to use a regular furnace filter? Any good or bad experiences? Other systems in the $200 range that would be better? Thanks all!

-- http://www.tenoclockwoodworks.com


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Blake

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#1 posted 11-08-2007 05:26 AM

I have one and it works great for my small shop. There are different filters available. I haven’t changed mine yet so I don’t have much advise there. But if your are spending over $200 for an air cleaner, seems to me you might as well get the best filter you can. Otherwise, whats the point?

Even with an ambient air cleaner the most important thing is dust collection at the tools. Also, if everything in your shop is covered with dust, the fan in this filter will blow it around more than clean it. So keep your shop clean and the Jet will take care of the tiniest particles.

-- Happy woodworking! http://www.openarmsphotography.com

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Drew1House

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#2 posted 11-08-2007 05:54 AM

I have one… use the Jet filters and I don’t worry about the price much. Really like it.

Drew

-- Drew, Pleasant Grove, Utah

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Bill Hall

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#3 posted 11-08-2007 05:10 PM

Thanks for the advice and info guys. I ordered it the other day and it arrives today!

-- http://www.tenoclockwoodworks.com

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#4 posted 11-09-2007 01:01 AM

I just ordered one too. Most of the year here in Texas, I can just open both doors to the garage, and put fans in each door to enhance the breeze and feel like I’m OK. But I can’t get away with that past about this time of the year. And, after reading all these posts about the long term hazards of wood dust, I felt it was time. anyone have suggestions on a relatively inexpensive to operate heater? My home is all electric, and just need to heat a two-car garage.

-- If you think healthcare is expensive now, wait until it's free! PJ O'Rourke

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Bill Hall

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#5 posted 11-09-2007 05:25 PM

Well, I got it yesterday. Of course it arrived damaged. This sort of thing happens more than it really should. Anyway, it’s not that big a deal. It looks like some sharp metal object fell on the box. It’s just a 1/2” dent/cut on one of the top edges that I can file down. Aside from that, the unit works great. This weekend I’ll give the basement a thorough cleaning so I don’t blow around the dust that is already there. On a lighter note, I contacted Amazon about the damage. They are giving me 20% back for accepting the damaged item. I used their online customer service form and received a reply within minutes. That’s just good customer service. That way I keep the item, I’m happy with the refund and they don’t have to pay all the costs associated with an exchange.

-- http://www.tenoclockwoodworks.com

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TomK

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#6 posted 11-27-2007 01:59 AM

Just received mine on Saturday. I had a heck of a time hanging it from the ceiling by myself. I think my neighbor saw me unpacking a new piece of hardware and made himself scarce. But, I managed, and my lungs are thanking me already, I don’t hack for the whole day after a day in the shop.

-- If you think healthcare is expensive now, wait until it's free! PJ O'Rourke

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#7 posted 12-06-2007 07:26 PM

Bill
Mind sharring that online customer service site, I have a few issues with my air filtration unit that have yet to get resolved. Thanks

-- Common sense is so rare anymore when you do see it, it looks like pure genius.

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#8 posted 12-09-2007 05:05 AM

I built two air cleaners for my 24×30 foot shop. Both of them started with recycled furnace blowers to which I built boxes to hold the filters. One unit uses HVAC filters that are 24×24 x 12 inches deep and contain about 30 pleats. The other one uses a 24×24 x 4 inch pre-filter and a internal 10 inch deep fabric filter. I have a 1×4 inch free swinging flap about 24 inches in front of the air cleaners that let me know when the air flow is decreased by dirty filters. So far I have been getting about two years use between filter changes.
You can get the furnace blowers from old central heaters and then build the box to match whatever high end filters you locate.

-- Abe Low, Fine furniture, Sacramento, CA

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#9 posted 12-09-2007 05:21 AM

What a coincedence. . . I’ve been looking at this unit over the last couple days. $229 and free shipping from Amazon is very inticing. My B-in-L just ordered the beefed up version of the Jet in question here.

It’s worth noting that Home Depot is selling their Rigid Jobsite Filtration for $69. This is down from the $99 price over the last year. I’m in a one car garage and am considering buying 2. This should easily cover the square footage.

-- Jeff, South Carolina

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Bill Hall

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#10 posted 12-10-2007 05:30 PM

Dock16…go to https://www.amazon.com/gp/help/contact-us/general-questions.html?ie=UTF8&browse%5Fnode%5Fid=518316&jsEnabled=enabled

Log in and it should give you a list of your orders. You can select one and email customer service.

-- http://www.tenoclockwoodworks.com

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Bill Hall

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#11 posted 12-10-2007 05:31 PM

Just an update after using this for a month. I love this thing. My shop air is definitely cleaner and a lot less dustier.

-- http://www.tenoclockwoodworks.com

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DaveLikeGolf

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#12 posted 12-10-2007 08:51 PM

I bought the Ridgid jobsite filtration from Home Depot and was very disappointed. The blower was a little plastic fan blade, like the one I have on my desk at work, only NOT AS STRONG! The filter was lousy as well.
I took it back and upgraded to the jet unit and WOW! Night and Day difference. It’s like a jumbo jet compared to a model airplane. Also, the filters are for real, not the little foam pad that comes with the Ridgid unit. And worth noting, the ridgid unit weighed in at what seemed like 5 pounds. The jet unit was around 10 times that. For my money, bigger is better!

-- David, Lakeland, FL - GO BOLTS!!!

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waynet

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#13 posted 12-13-2007 09:26 PM

Long story with my brush with the Jet-1000B. My first unit came in broken. I could see from the grate in the back that the fan was touching the bottom plate of the fan housing and would not rotate. I called Rockler and they contacted WMH as it was a direct ship from them. They sent me out a new fan and fan housing for a fix. I disassembled the unit and pulled the fan housing, fan and motor out of the unit (not hard) and realized at that time that the real problem was that the motor bracket was bent. I tried to pull the fan off the motor arbor but it wouldn’t budge so I built up the motor bracket with a couple of washers to get the fan away from the rubbing the bottom of the housing. That actually worked but the fan was still wobbling. It was OK on low speed but on high speed it probably would have shaken itself off the ceiling.

At this point I called WMH directly and told them that I needed the whole fan assembly including the motor to correct the problem. The tech I was speaking with was aware of my original problem and asked me to wait on the phone and he would get back to me shortly. After about a 3 minute wait he came back and told me they were sending an entirely new complete unit out to me. I asked him at that time to please send call tags with the shipper so I could send back the original unit and the fan and fan housing replacement they had sent me. The tech told me to keep them and use them for parts.

I couldn’t ask for better service than that. I put both units up and only use the broken one on slow and it takes care of most of the clean up of normal shop days on that slow speed. I use the other one when I’m sanding to help out. Just one unit really does the job in the shop which is 21’ X 21’ so I have no complaints about the working of the units themselves.

-- Wayne, Tennessee Mallard Design

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USCJeff

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#14 posted 12-13-2007 10:28 PM

I’m glad to get a review from Dave on the Rigid unit. I haven’t found too much feedback on the net yet. The 30% drop in price hints that it wasn’t selling too well or perhaps its a holiday thing. I guess I’ll cross that one of my list.

-- Jeff, South Carolina

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#15 posted 12-15-2007 06:39 AM

I’m a little late on this post but -

I bought a couple of filters and when one gets full I exchange it and then blow the full one off with my air compressor.

As to attaching it to the ceiling – I put lag eye’s into the rafters at the appropriate spot, placed the unit on top of the tallest step ladder I have and then ran a light rope from on eye down to the bolt on the unit up to the next eye, down to the unit etc and then made like a pulley. Worked really well. I had chains attached to the eye bolts in the rafters and when it was just a little higher than the unit bolt I slid it on and when all were attached I removed the rope.

-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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