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12-20-2010 09:50 PM

Topic tags/keywords: dust collection air cleaner question

I need to improve the overall air quality in my shop. Just wondering about air cleaner recommendations. I’m leaning towards the Jet AFS-1000B, but have heard it doesn’t take generic filters. Any other brands to consider? I’d like to keep the cost down – $300 is the absolute max.

Thanks LJs!

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#1 posted 12-20-2010 10:19 PM


My first consideration with dust is to capture it at the source with a collection system – even if only a shop vac. Depending on the tool you can build various jigs out of 1/4 mdf that will help trap the dust and direct it to the suction source. After that, I have used box fans with a regular furnace filter on the intake side that captures course dust and a HEPA filter on the outflow side to clean the air. These are 24 by 24 and are a lot cheaper than the air filters you hang up and are portable as well. You draw the air away from your work rather than blow on it.

Just a thought.

-- DonH Orleans Ontario

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#2 posted 12-20-2010 10:21 PM

FWIW, I have the Grizzly G0572, fitted with a PSI AC1000-PF2 washable primary filter, so that my primary and secondary filters are both washable. I don’t need to worry about comodity filters any more…

I got my Grizzly on sale, and after shipping, and adding 2 of the first stage filters (1 to use, 1 to keep clean ready to swap out) I have less in it than the sale price of the PSI unit…

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#3 posted 12-20-2010 10:27 PM

Look for one that has a prefilter that is a ‘standard’ size or build a cleat on the front to use a standard cheapo furnace prefilter.
The glass fiber prefilters on everybody’s unit is nearly worthless, and getting the fine bag clean is a challenge (or pricey).
Duct tape works good too—I use a 3M HEPA type furnace filter on my Delta unit 50-875 and I have to tape it up there.

Don is right though the best is to collect it at the source

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#4 posted 12-20-2010 10:42 PM

I probably made a bad assumption above that you had addressed collection at the source FIRST… An ambient filter is nice to have, but you MUST get as much as possible from the source BEFORE it gets airborne…

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#5 posted 12-20-2010 11:00 PM

I purchased a Powermatic PM1200 on sale for $320 on Amazon last month. It was last on sale in early September. Included was free shipping. It uses standard 12” x 24” filters (about $3.50 at HD). I am very happy with it. It made a huge difference in my shop. I do have a dust collection set-up but this unit scrubs out much of the fine particles.

-- Chuck Anstrom - Virginia

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#6 posted 12-20-2010 11:03 PM

Hey guys, thanks for the tips…will look into the recommended products…

I absolutely know about DC at the source. I have a HF 2hp DC and am currently working on getting it permanently piped in.

But a lot of the dust that’s bothering me is generated when I’m not running the DC, e.g. small tools like sanders. Also, we live on a super busy city street so we get a lot of “black dust” that accumulates in the garage as well. An air cleaner seemed like a good idea…

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#7 posted 12-20-2010 11:41 PM

Oh an air cleaner is a fantastic idea… FWIW, sanders, need to be collected from too! They sell adapters to hook them to shop vacs… A shop vac filter will plug super quick though. You may want a Thien separator, and Dust Deputy to keep from plugging the filter up so quick…

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#8 posted 12-20-2010 11:47 PM

For a shop vac I use a Rigid with internal bag followed by the HEPA filter. The bag fills up and I throw it out, the filter has stayed clean for over a year of constant use. This is a good combo for the shop vac role or small scale dust collection. Whenever I use a tool that makes dust and is not hooked up to the central system I hook it up to the Rigid – or find a way to do it. I also use a shop built down draft sanding table that hooks up to the shop vac as well. All these steps combine to keep the air clean at source with the air cleaner filtration as back up – I think that is the correct role for this product. That brings me back to the box fan with in and out filtration that, if all else is equal, will do the job of air filtration very well.

Just an add on thought

-- DonH Orleans Ontario

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#9 posted 12-21-2010 02:12 AM

I use a shop vac with a Dust Deputy for the big chunks. I also use a box fan with a regular furnace filter. Turn it on high and the filter sticks to the fan! I leave it on for a while after I’m done. I’m pleasantly surprised how it clears the air, especially when sanding. Oh yes, I have discovered that I need a paper mask or respirator when doing wood work.

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#10 posted 12-21-2010 02:30 AM

Build your own air filter. You can build a good one for less than $100.00. Locate a used variable speed furnace blower from an HVAC shop, I got mine from the guy that services our AC / furnace for free. and build a case. It uses standard sized disposable pleated filters. Here is the one I built and it works really great. it uses two regular filters at the intake and one HEPA filter at the discharge side of the blower.
Put the money you save towards a good dust collector system. Hope this helps!

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#11 posted 12-21-2010 07:08 AM

I have the Jet AFS-1000B. This thing is worth every penny and the remote is very handy. You can squeeze a 12×24x1 filter in place with no problem. I use a decent pleated filter that can be bought at any HD or Lowes.
You’d be surprised how much fine dust it takes out of the air.

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#12 posted 12-22-2010 08:54 PM

I totally endorse the collection at the tool. I built a DIY system with a hvac blower the is sized with 3 standard filters 20×20 progressively finer. It works well as the filters do collect alot of material. I can vacuum and blowout the filters several time to extend life. Ijust beleive that it has to be eqaul or close to the OEM models for significant less money. The OEM cost is not just the unit but the replacement filters are very expensive. I got the blower for $10 and the box is from scraps.
That said I still am fighting a fine dust all over the shop. I believe it is from hand orbital sanding without vac attachment just the little filter bag. I have started attaching a shop vac and seem to really help. I also plan to add a box fan with filters to use to close to the sand operation.

-- Cajun Don, Louisiana

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