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01-23-2011 05:36 PM

Topic tags/keywords: shop-vac air cleaner shop air cleaners

Anyone have any info to share about the Shop-Vac Air Cleaner? Reviews about the machine on Woodcraft.com were all positive. Its only 25” long and 13” in diameter. It weighs only 15 pounds. I have a very small shop and really can’t see spending hundreds of dollars for an air cleaner. Woodcraft is selling the Shop-Vac Air Cleaner for $119.19.

Here is the link that shows the air cleaner on Woodcraft’s web site.

http://www.woodcraft.com/Product/2004303/8974/ShopVac-Air-Cleaner.aspx

- SY

- aka JJ


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#1 posted 01-23-2011 05:52 PM

At 5 microns, that is a start but not going to get the fine stuff that will continue to float and settle on everything. The HF DC unit also collects at 5 microns. IMO, these type of units should be renamed “Chip” collectors and NOT “Dust” collectors.

You really need to get below 1 micron to get at the DUST.
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#2 posted 01-23-2011 06:13 PM

Thanks for the link, Mike.

After thinking about it, you’re right, Chuck. The fan and the filters sound like the way to go for now. I’m sure that anything would be better than nothing.

- SY

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#3 posted 01-23-2011 07:09 PM

I have had one of the Shop Vac units for 3 or 4 years now … it helps, but doesn’t do the job as well as the bigger air filtration units.

I screwed mine to plywood base and hung it on the wall with a French cleat. It is portable, so if I’m working one something in the house (e.g. new ceiling in the laundry room), I can tote it wherever I need it.

The filters are washable … I have two that I wash/rotate every couple of weeks.

—Gerry

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#4 posted 01-23-2011 09:00 PM

Chuck, that looks fancy…. but it looks like it work well too. My son is the “metal” man in the family. I don’t do metal work, plumbing or auto exhaust work (unless someone holds a gun to my head.

Thanks Gerry, that’s what I figured. That’s why I said that anything would be better than nothing. I think I’ll try the box fan w/filter for a while and see how that goes…. unless anyone out there can point me in the direction of a good system that doesn’t cost and arm and a leg. Like I said, my shop is small…. hell, the back door is on the back of the front door!

Chuck, do you have filters on both sides? I don’t know that it would help any to have them on both sides.

- SY

- aka JJ

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#5 posted 01-23-2011 11:36 PM

CharlieL,
Now that really sucks/blows all in a good way! Nice setup. You haven’t drawn any construction plans up on this thing have you?

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#6 posted 01-24-2011 08:40 PM

How about the motor (HD?) and fabricating of the housing on casters?

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#7 posted 01-25-2011 07:20 PM

This time I meant to ask did the blower motor come from HD = Home Depot (here)?
and NOT
HD= Harley Davidson…HONEST! LOL!

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#8 posted 01-25-2011 07:42 PM

Before I went with a 5 micron “filter” I would go with a Box fan and a filtrete Ultra Allergen filter duct taped to it… Come to think of it, that’s what I did for several years. Doesn’t work as well as my Grizzly overhead unit, but it was cheap, and functional… That 5 micron rating is too big… You need 1 micron or better. Preferably HEPA rated, but that isn’t exactly real easy to come by… I always wondered if they had a HEPA cartridge for those air filter units like they do for the vacs…

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#9 posted 01-25-2011 11:22 PM

I have the Ridgid version of this (since discontinued) and would only rate it as OK. At the high speed setting it is fairly noisy, and at the low speed it does not seem to do much filtering. Definitely better than nothing, but I would save towards a better unit if I had the opportunity. My HF dust collector was a much better investment in the same price range.

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#10 posted 01-26-2011 12:10 AM

Ah hah! I thought the case of this thing was looking like it was all matching. The last time we replaced anything, we only replaced 1 of 2 of the outside AC units and left both inside furnace units in place (so no extra blowers). I’ll have to keep that in mind for the future.

FWIW, trying to buy-N-build what you have quickly adds up to being in the vicinity of the commercial hang-on-ceiling units. For now, I think the Wynn filter for my HF DC is my next upgrade/improvement in air quality. Thanks for the update.

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#11 posted 01-26-2011 12:51 AM

Mike—- If you have a friend in the HVAC business, reach out to them. In a lot of cases, they’ll happily give you a blower … it costs them money to dispose of them, so you might be doing a friend a favor.

—Gerry

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#12 posted 01-26-2011 02:33 AM

We have one beside Judy’s scroll saw. Does an OK job. I have a 3 hp central dust collector and 2 ceiling mounted air cleaners. ALL are far from perfect but gotta help

-- mike & judy western md. www. pvwoodcrafts.com pvwccf1@verizon.net

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