New General cyclone DC for my shop

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Forum topic by Zulu55 posted 01-14-2013 12:30 AM 1070 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-14-2013 12:30 AM

Topic tags/keywords: dust collector cyclone dust collector general dust collection

Hey all,

I just bought a new cyclone Dust Collector for my shop. I went with the 1.5hp General cyclone. Got a great deal on it to boot.

A few points I have from assembly:

-Great quality! Very heavy and thick gauge metal. Also, General has several pieces that come right out of the box sealed with silicone to ensure no air leaks.
-Packed extremely well.
-There are no extra bolts/nuts/washers…so don’t lose any!
-Assembly and instructions were very clear and easy to understand.
-You definitely need two people during the assembly when you have to flip the unit over (its 200lbs). That being said, you need two people to help get it out of the truck as well.

A few points on testing/usage:

-I tested the unit for air leaks and only noticed one spot where there was a slight air leak. Right where the ABS Y fitting attaches to the cyclone intake, there was a leak. So, to fix it, I used some metal ducting tape. It is air tight everywhere now.
-It is a powerful little machine. For my use, its perfect. I have a 20’ 4” clear flex hose and connect it to one machine at a time because my shop is a garage and I move each tool to the center of my shop when I use it. The DC itself remains stationary though.
-I hooked a regular end attachment to the flex pipe followed by an ABS coupler so that connecting and disconnecting from each machine takes 2 seconds. It’s simply a friction fit with no issues at all.

If anyone has any questions about this specific machine, let me know and I will do my best to answer them. Also, don’t be fooled by the low 600+ CFM rating compared to similar machines (like the Laguna 1.5hp rated at over 1200CFM). General did proper testing when determining the CFM capability of this machine and it was tested the way it would actually be used in a shop. Also, the little motor on it is stated to be “industrial quality” and General is pretty damn reliable. Not to mention that there is a local guy who does on site warranty repair for General.

Enjoy the pictures.

-- Adam - Langley, British Columbia (Canada)

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#1 posted 01-14-2013 12:31 AM

oh….and yes….I am not quite sure how to fix these images so that the DC is shown more fully but hopefully you all get the idea.

-- Adam - Langley, British Columbia (Canada)

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#2 posted 01-14-2013 01:05 AM

Congrats! Now you have it assembled, you can breathe easier. :)

-- Art

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#3 posted 01-14-2013 06:48 AM

You mean that in a very literal way! :)

-- Adam - Langley, British Columbia (Canada)

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#4 posted 01-15-2013 01:24 PM

You will find that the catch can is to small…if you use the planer much it will fill up quick!!!keep a check when you are planeing


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#5 posted 01-15-2013 08:39 PM

What you’re finding with the CFM ratings is similar to Horsepower – everybody has developed their own way to measure it. The key is that it draws your debris and fines, separates them effectively, and doesn’t clog-up the exhaust filter. The filter should be a sub-micron (0.5) HEPA filter.


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#6 posted 01-16-2013 03:50 AM

Thnx for the info guys

-- Adam - Langley, British Columbia (Canada)

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