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02-02-2016 06:00 PM

8 or 9 years ago I bought the Jet air cleaner on one of their sales. It hangs in my shop and has done a great job. I have replaced the front filter several times….the last few times with the washable filters (aftermarket). Recently, I took it apart when I was relocating it. Inside there is what I am going to call a bag filter….three bags all joined together. They are quite full of dust, hoow should I go about cleaning it. I know enough to not use air, can I vacuum it, or just replace it. It seems to look in good shape, just filthy.

I thought I would ask the “brain trust” here before I did something wrong….I have ALWAYS got good advice …...thanks in advance.


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#1 posted 02-02-2016 06:07 PM

You should be able to just dump it, hit the bags a few times with your hand opposite of air flow and knock most of it out, and then put it back in.

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#2 posted 02-02-2016 06:11 PM

Forgive my ignorance, why can’t you use air? I haven’t had mine long enough to need to clean that internal filter, but will before too long I am sure. I use air on my Wynn filter without a problem. It is because it’s a flimsier design than that?

-- Bailey F - Eastern Mass.

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#3 posted 02-02-2016 06:16 PM

I have heard that using air on your Wynn is ok, but not a good idea with the bags or some other of the filter. It forces the holes bigger and effects the efficiency of the filtration. I do know where I heard this for sure, and I hope that I am telling you correctly, maybe someone else can weigh in here…

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#4 posted 02-02-2016 06:33 PM

I would say that you can use air, as well…..just a lower psi. My Penn State filter says to use no more than 30psi….like from a shop-vac blower. I’m gonna bookmark this, because I have the Wen-version of that air cleaner.

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#5 posted 02-02-2016 06:40 PM

I have a JET AFS-1000 and I do use air to clean the bag filter. I’m very careful to not get the blow gun too close to the filter media for the same reason you’ve been cautioned not to. A final vacuuming finishes up the whole process, then everything is ready for reassembly.

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#6 posted 02-02-2016 06:42 PM

I also read somewhere that using an air compressor to blow out those filters was not advisable. Just tap it off as was suggested. I think my source was here?

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#7 posted 02-02-2016 08:37 PM

leaf blower works pretty good on mine.
but not in the shop.

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#8 posted 02-03-2016 03:30 PM

Thanks all—tomsteve—I think I have an 18v leaf blower that has finally found a use…...
Thanks all

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#9 posted 02-03-2016 04:14 PM

I cleaned one a few months back from a used 2000 I got. Mine was pretty dirty. First vacuumed what I could, then used air from about a foot away and then washed it out with water. Came out like new but took some time. Very hard to reach inside those compartments. Talked to Dick Wynn about retrofitting it with one of his filters and might do that soon.


-- Harry - Professional amateur

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#10 posted 02-03-2016 04:20 PM

Mike, aside from the cleaning the filter do you think it is a worth buy ? My main concern is not the dust in the air as I do not spend there 8 hours a day, but the film of the fine dust on everything around..

-- It's nice!

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#11 posted 02-03-2016 04:41 PM

The fine film of dust on everything is the dust in the air after it is no longer suspended in the air.

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#12 posted 02-03-2016 04:56 PM

I think so, it is just habit for me to turn it on now. I have a downdraft table and a DC system for almost all my machines and have a Oscillating fan going most of the time too. It’s hard to tell, but I will tell you this, the building is 12 years old and I have a conventional furnace and just about 10 feet of duct work. This fall I thought I might try to clean out the duct with a shop vac…..there was almost nothing in there. I really don’t have a lot of the fine dust that bigblockyeti is talking about…oh I have some…but not a lot, and I am a turner, and for flat work I have a 16” planer, a supermax drum sander, and I use a zero clearance insert on my TS…all big dust makers. But then again I am just a hobby wood guy.

I seem to clean out the “leading” filter 3 to 4 times a year….it is noticeable that it is “ready”. So I would say yes, it is worthwhile. It’s one of those deals that it may be hard to tell, but i think I would really miss it…..
Maybe someone else can comment on what they think.


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#13 posted 02-03-2016 06:52 PM

The fine film of dust on everything is the dust in the air after it is no longer suspended in the air.

- bigblockyeti

Unless you have a Jet Air Cleaner, which was the essence of the question.

-- It's nice!

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#14 posted 02-03-2016 08:59 PM

I have a Jet air cleaner and while I think it works quite well, I still get noticeable amounts of dust settling around my small shop.

I think the Jet does a great job of getting fine dust out of the air (though not the finest particles). I have Dylos particle counter and the Jet brings the count down pretty quickly and keeps it there (typically below 200 on their scale). And if I run for 2 hours after working, counts of 0 are not uncommon.

But if I walk in the shop, counts go up as I’m kicking up an invisible cloud of dust. There’s just so many dead spots for air flow in any shop, that no centrally located filter is going to get all the dust before some of it settles.

I actually cleaned my inner bag filter for the first time recently (after 6 months of use), and used air for it. It makes sense that a strong air stream could damage it. Whether there is some opening up of the material that is not obvious, I don’t know.

That bag is really hard to clean well, and my guess is it really doesn’t need to be. Unless the blower is struggling, I don’t think it’s a problem. And as I understand, some filters don’t reach their rated performance until they get a good coating of dust on them.

I think in the future, I’ll leave the bag filter alone unless I have some problem I need to solve. And then probably shake it out gently and see how that goes.

Converting it to use a Wynn filter is something I’m going to look into sometime.

-- Clin

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#15 posted 02-03-2016 11:48 PM

I’ll “second” the leave blower … I also use it for my DC filter. I take it outside, drop it on the concrete (from a couple of inches) to jar the dust out, then (with a dust mask on and standing up-wind), turn it on its side and hit it with the leaf blower. It’s amazing how much dust comes out of it. I repeat this process many times, until it appears to be clean…

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