Is the Jet washable outer air filter for the 1000B worth the money?

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Forum topic by MLK posted 08-07-2011 08:34 PM 4695 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-07-2011 08:34 PM

Well it’s time to replace my disposable filter in my Jet 1000B air cleaner. I plan on replacing it with the washable type but after reading the reviews I’m beginning to think it may not be worth the money. The reviews I read complained about not fitting properly, the filter element is the same as throughway type and only difference is the aluminum frame. Some of the reviews clam a furnace filter works just as well. So I thought I would put the question to my fellow L J and get the real lowdown on this filter, is the washable filter worth the money, stay with the throughway, or use furnace filters?

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#1 posted 08-22-2011 12:05 AM

How do you wash it? Is it a hand wash thing?

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#2 posted 08-22-2011 12:15 AM

Mark I assume your asking about the Jet washable filter, I didn’t buy one but I would think you was it with a garden hose

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#3 posted 08-23-2011 04:21 AM

Sorry, yes I was referring to the washable filter. I had not heard that there were washable filters for air cleaners, I guess I need to do more reading. Thanks for the response.

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#4 posted 08-23-2011 05:32 AM

I have a Jet air filter and use a 12×24 electrostatic filter in it and it firs perfectly and works great. Previously I used the 12×24 disposable filters and figured I was spending too much over the long run even though they were cheap.

I bought mine from and paid $45 and free shipping. They are easy to wash with a hose and after seeing how much dust they stop after sanding alot of Padauk I was a believer. The water from hosing it out looked blood red from Padauk dust. I ended up buying 2 more for some homedade aid filters I use. One is 12×24 and the other is 20×20.

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#5 posted 08-23-2011 07:19 PM

I don’t know when it happened but Jet must have changed the design on their electrostatic filters since I bought mine. When I bought my 1000B about 10 years ago one of the options was the electrostatic filter #708708 so I bought one. My 708708 is made primarily out of metal so getting it wet has never been an issue. Its been rinsed out an untold number of times and has held up exceptionally well. Looking at the link that Greg provided, those filters look like they would hold up much better than the OEM Jets’ will.

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#6 posted 08-23-2011 07:20 PM

I’ve never washed my outer filter. Never replaced it either. Am I going to die?

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#7 posted 08-23-2011 07:42 PM

Not sure about the Jet filter, I have a PSI outer filter in my Grizzly cleaner so my comment is only in regards to my experience with permanent filters in overhead cleaners in general YMMV. Although not a perfect fit, it seals against the gasket. The fit doesn’t have to be perfect, it has to go in the hole, seal against the gasket or body, and stay put is all. If you are looking for perfect, well good luck to you on that…

The filter itself appears to be made of the same stuff, more or less that my Wynn 35A is, the spun bond model that is. Although the micron rating is much coarser on the PSI filter at 5 microns. The aluminum frame is stout enough, much stronger than say a window screen frame. It would take some abuse to hurt the frame…

Cleaning it is simply a matter of taking it out, and spraying the dirt out of it from the inside. I just set mine across sawhorses, and let the water flow from top to bottom, inside to out… No nozzle, just straight hose end (low pressure). Then, let it air dry. In hot / humid Texas, it takes about 2 days to dry fully. (I have a spare to swap in so one is in the system and the other is being cleaned, or is clean and ready to go).

I can’t imagine that Jet went with the same media as say standard pleated furnace filters like the 3Ms as those are paper based, and taking a water hose to them would destroy them quickly… So I am not sure what the reviewers are talking about. It IS possible that Jet cheaped out REALLY badly… Perhpas you could check PSI to see if they have a replacement filter that will fit your machine… I am happy with my filters that’s for sure…

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#8 posted 08-23-2011 07:43 PM

After paying up the nose for a Jet replacement filter, I got the washable filter. It fits fine and works fine. I have washed it about 4 times and it hasn’t shown any wear and still very little dust on the internal filter.. I just spray clean it with the hose. It has paid for itself already.

As as side note, I considered buying a cheaper replacement filter from big box hardware store (HVAC filter). They will fit but I was not sure if they would work correctly. They look the same as the Jet filter, but I am not sure if they will work the same.

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#9 posted 08-23-2011 08:32 PM

Bertha, you might not die but your air cleaner might die if you never clean it. When i clean my filters i see a noticable difference in airflow and the motor seems to run smoother due to less restriction

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