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Forum topic by TJV posted 12-07-2007 08:26 PM 1594 views 1 time favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-07-2007 08:26 PM


Can anyone give me some feedback on the JET – DC-1200A: 2HP, 1Ph Dust Collector?

I’m thinking of buying one for my small 12×20ft basement workshop.



-- Tom, "I love the smell of sawdust"!

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#1 posted 12-07-2007 08:35 PM

Hi Tom,

All of those 2HP DC’s are pretty much the same. I’d consider a canister filter upgrade for it instead of the filter bag on top. Some might suggest a cyclone separator as well. As a basement dweller, these things control chips, but dust is still a problem. It will be greatly improved with a canister filter setup. Other than that, these things are 220V, so make sure you got the power. Again, they are all about the same, whether they are Jet, General, or Harbor Freight.


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#2 posted 12-08-2007 07:00 AM

Hi Tom,

I also have a basement shop and use the Jet DC1200A with canister filter. I have to say that it does a great job collecting dust and keeping it from getting upstairs where my wife has this thing about dusty furniture! I would reccomend it based on my own experience.
I hope this helps!

-- Shane, Guttenberg, Iowa

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#3 posted 12-09-2007 05:43 AM

The canister is a must. Bags just trap the dust you can see. It’s the sub-micron particles that get way down into the lungs where they cause long term damage. It is not something to worry about if you are a 85 year old woodworker. Younger folks should fingure a way to put the dust collector outside or at least in an enclosure with lots of filtration to catch the fine particles that escape the dust collector.
BTW, if you smoke you are at a much higher risk, not only because of the tobacco but also because smoking reduces the natural cough reflex that helps clear lungs.

For more info do a google search for bill pentz and take a look at his site on woodworking dust and cyclones.

-- Abe Low, Fine furniture, Sacramento, CA

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#4 posted 12-19-2007 09:31 PM

Hi Tom,

I too am in the market for a Dust collector. Looked at the Jet, Delta, General, and Harbor Freight I tend to agree with Tom (mot). they all look about the same. The one at Harbor Freight is $169.99 2HP Dust collector and another $169.99 for the 1 micron canister conversion kit. Thats about $340 for a complete unit with a 1 micron canister option.

Does anyone have any experience with the products from Harbor Freight? My only experience is buying a small compressor/tank unit that had a bad reed valve after about 30 days and I called the manager and he said to bring it in and pick up a new one. That was about a year ago and all been well to date with the compressor.

Merry Christmas to All!

Jay (Dialtoneplus)

-- Jay, San Antonio, Texas - Making Sawdust Rocks!

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