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Forum topic by KeithEB posted 07-18-2010 06:54 PM 1817 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-18-2010 06:54 PM

I am looking for a dust collector and only expect to use it on one tool at a time. I reviewed the Jet DC-650 w/ 30 micron bag for $299, the Delta 50-720 w/ 1 micron bag for $299 and the Grizzly G8027 w/ 30 micron bag for $193.95. The Jet and Delta are 650 cfm and the Grizzly is 500 cfm. If only using on 1 machine is 150 cfm that big of a deal and is Grizzly a quality contender?

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#1 posted 07-18-2010 06:59 PM

I have nothing but good to say about Grizzly. I have their dust collection cyclone. Don’t know much about the smaller collectors.

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#2 posted 07-18-2010 07:16 PM

I used a Jet 650 for several years in a full blown DC system with branch lines and blast gates. Early-on, I ditched the 30 micron bag for a 5 micron to cut down on the fine sanding dust that was escaping thru the porus bag. It worked pretty well – even on my TS, planer, and router/shaper.

A couple of years ago, I upgraded to the Jet 1100 with a Dust Dog pleated filter cartridge, and saw a substantial improvement in my DC perfromance.

The moral of this story is that more capacity is usually better than “just enough”.

If budget is a concern, look at the Harbor Frieght systems. There have been several postings on this site – as well as other sites – about the HF systems and they’re almost all very positive. HF prices are definitely right. – lol

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#3 posted 07-18-2010 07:33 PM

get the Harbor Freight 2HP, with a coupone its in the $130 range and blows away all the sub 1000CFM machines I’ve seen so far – hands down!

you probably will be better off upgrading it’s filter bag with a Wynn cartridge which will put you in the $240 total (including the DC) but your health, air quality, and machines will thank you for that in the long run.

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#4 posted 07-18-2010 08:22 PM

I have a 1995 2 hp Grizzly I bought used.I have it hooked up to all my tools in a two zone system and it works great, BUT having said that if I needed to get another one I would go with HF, as PurpLev suggested HF gives you about the same size at about 1/2 the price, and there are plenty of LJ’s that have one in there shop and love them.

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#5 posted 07-18-2010 08:31 PM

I have had great luck with grizzly tools but I own three HF 2hp units and the can’t be beat for the money.

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#6 posted 07-18-2010 09:48 PM

I could be wrong, but I don’t think you’ll get very good results with a unit rated at only 650 CFM, because the actual CFM from a stock unit is likely to be considerably less than rated. CFM ratings in general aren’t representative of actual performance in our shops, often being closer half the claimed CFM rating. Some company’s ratings are better than others, but if you go with at least 1-1/2hp motor and an impeller that’s at least 11”, you should have a DC unit capable of a true 600-1000 CFM, which is acceptable airflow. You’ll also want to end up with filtration less than 5 microns….preferably 1 mic or less.

The HF “2hp” unit won’t be tops in it’s class compared to the 2hp Delta, Jet, Griz, JDS, etc, but most users find it to be capable of reasonable performance, and it’s definitely the least expensive in it’s class. It should give you better performance than the smaller 650 CFM units.

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#7 posted 07-18-2010 10:04 PM

Those manufacturers ratings are correct – given the method used to measure them. The manufacturer has no idea what kind of duct system will be connected to their machine, so they’re limited to measuring the flow thru the impeller housing. Like the fella says, “You’re actual mileage may vary.”

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