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Forum topic by CantBurn posted 03-11-2011 07:33 PM 3558 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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CantBurn

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03-11-2011 07:33 PM

I have narrowed my search down to the following. Which is to say I wouldn’t mind spending the money for any of these. I was hoping to get some opinions if anybody (which I’m sure some of you do) about these. As far as size, they will all work for the space I have also. So it comes down to which are any good, and would even the cheap one of the bunch be good. Here is the list.

Jet AFS-400 $225 @ Woodcraft

Jet AFS-1000B $339 @ Woodcraft

JDS Air-Tech 750-ER $339 @ JDS

Grizzly G5955 $195 @ Grizzly

Dust Right 1200 $299 @ Rockler

As always, thanks to you all.

-- Chris-Woodstock, Illinois


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ClayandNancy

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#1 posted 03-11-2011 07:41 PM

I know it’s not on your list but I have the Delta and it works good. I had my shop in the basement of my last house and it really cut down on the dust, made my wife happy. What ever unit you buy make sure it has a timer on it so it can run after you leave the shop.

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#2 posted 03-11-2011 07:59 PM

I have the bigger brother for that Grizzly. The G0572. If you can afford the head room for the bigger unit, which I believe is only 4” taller, you might want to give that a good look. Of course that is if you are going to use the remote / timer. If not don’t worry about it! I looked at the Jet AFS-400, talked to friends with them, nobody I personally know liked them. (shipping damage problems, Jet didn’t take care of the issue but put it back on Amazon type of stuff…) Both the JDS Air Tech and the Jet AFS-1000B have great reviews…

There is a huge difference in air quality in my shop after the air cleaner. It’s not just wood dust in there. This is after all, a garage…

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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#3 posted 03-11-2011 08:05 PM

If you are interested, check out my review of my G0572. It might help.

If you are interested in a permanent / washable primary filter, the ones from Penn State are a direct drop in (although I added foam weatherstrip to the back side of mine as the filter frame was uneven, and I wanted to avoid any possibility of blowby.).

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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CantBurn

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#4 posted 03-11-2011 08:39 PM

Thanks for the replies so far. Nice thing about asking opinions here, you get even more than you thought of.

-- Chris-Woodstock, Illinois

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#5 posted 03-11-2011 10:48 PM

I’ve had 3 of the AFS-1000B for several years and really like them. They do such a good job cleaning the air that I have to clean the primary filters about once a week. But that is a GOOD thing as I know all that dust and fine particulate is getting caught in the air cleaner instead of my lungs. Highly recommended.

-- Don, Diamond Lake Custom Woodworks - http://www.dlwoodworks.com - "If you make something idiot proof, all they do is make a better idiot"

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#6 posted 03-11-2011 11:09 PM

+1 on the Jet 1000B – I have one in my shop – works very well and has made a huge difference in keeping the air clean.

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#7 posted 03-11-2011 11:14 PM

Another not on your list but it works great is the one that I have which is the Delta 50-875. I especially like the remote control. The downside is the interior filter is not cleanable and expensive to replace.

One thing to consider with an air cleaner is the size of particles that it removes from the air. A good air cleaner will remove particles that are 1 micron or larger from the air. Many of them have two filters, an outside filter, and in internal filter which will get most of the dust especially the small dangerous particles.

The number of air exchanges is important too. The number of times it filters the entire room air in an hour. The better ones will filter a room 20X20 about 15 to 18 times an hour.

I can have the room so dusty from sanding that you cant see across it, but just a few minutes of the unit running and the air is clear.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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ScottN

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#8 posted 03-12-2011 03:45 AM

I’m curious as to why couldn’t you hook up your dust collector to a home made filter box.

-- New Auburn,WI

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#9 posted 03-12-2011 03:48 AM

I have the JDS- 750 hanging in my shop, and it works good….It’s a 3 speed, and an hour timer, and remote comtrol. I have 9 ft. ceilings, so I’m glad I have a remote…..lol. I’d get tired up climbing up a ladder to turn it on…lol. I’ve had mine for about 2 years now, and cleaned the filter 4 times…...As far as an air cleaner goes, you’ll just have to get one and try it …..Everybodys different in their opinions about their air cleaners, and we all like the ones we got…. Just pick one and buy it.

-- At my age, an "all--nighter" is not having to get up and pee...!!!

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sawdust55109

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#10 posted 03-12-2011 06:46 AM

got the delta model here and its been a great box for several years with no issues. Love the remote.
It accepts a standard furnace filter in place of the prefilter. I think the other models also do this but it works great…

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CantBurn

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#11 posted 03-12-2011 08:28 AM

Thanks for the opinions and tips guys.

-- Chris-Woodstock, Illinois

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