Household HEPA purifiers for shop air cleaner?

  • Advertise with us

« back to Focus on the Workspace forum

Forum topic by Ian S posted 07-20-2016 07:35 PM 615 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View Ian S's profile

Ian S

33 posts in 844 days

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:
(amazon link)
(amazon link)
(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!

2 replies so far

View TheDane's profile


5524 posts in 3809 days

#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!"

View doubleDD's profile


7703 posts in 2189 days

#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.

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics