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Forum topic by Ian S posted 07-20-2016 07:35 PM 344 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Ian S

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07-20-2016 07:35 PM

Hey folks,
As I continue to make progress on flipping my back yard “shed” into a proper “shop” I am now making plans for a shop air cleaner. I’ve looked at the various DIY builds out there, as well as the lower end purpose-built machines like the Shop Vac and WEN air cleaners. Lots of good options out there.

In order to save time and money, I thought I would scour my local Craigslist. I didn’t find any proper shop air cleaners, but I did find these “household” air cleaners that have permanent, vacuum-able HEPA filters built in:
http://austin.craigslist.org/for/5678374329.html
(amazon link)
http://austin.craigslist.org/hsh/5656998569.html
(amazon link)
http://austin.craigslist.org/app/5626070593.html
(amazon link)

Now if I scrounged around the forums I may have found an answer to my question without posting. But I thought I would ask. Would any of these be suitable as an air cleaner for a small shop? Mine is only about 200 sq ft. I think I could mount any of these on the ceiling to get decent circulating airflow.

If I need to build / buy something with a truly replaceable filter(s) and/or more powerful fan, let me know. Thanks!


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TheDane

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#1 posted 07-20-2016 08:06 PM

Just my humble opinion … but I think you’d be wasting your money on household-type air cleaners. They weren’t designed to handle the type of dust you are likely to generate in a workshop.

I have a Rikon 3-speed air cleaner that I bought on sale at WoodCraft a few years ago. It does a fine job, but still needs periodic (every 6 weeks or so) cleaning.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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doubleDD

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#2 posted 07-25-2016 12:04 AM

I agree with Dane. The constant dust particles floating around created by cutting lumber would probably clog it up too much.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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