|Forum topic by ShaneA||posted 05-31-2014 02:26 AM||2159 views||0 times favorited||23 replies|
05-31-2014 02:26 AM
So, my several year old Delta AP400 has been acting up for a while. Seems like half the time I switch it on, the motor just hums, and doesn’t “turn over” in full suction mode. Since I’m really not Mr Mechanical Fix It Guy, I am not sure what sort problem it is. I know it has a 30 micron filter bag, and 1 HP motor. Think I paid about $100 for it at Lowes on close out, so there will be no crying if she is dead.
I do not have 220 power in my single car garage shop. Probably not looking to add it. I only use one machine at a time and just connect them w/short runs of flex hose.
I would like a model with the filter canister, that gets me into the smaller micron collection. I see the HF unit is a very popular LJ choice. However, when I start to add up all the costs. I see it being near $400, and several hours of “tinkering” to get the Wynn filter and a two stage set up. So with limited shop time already, and what could be a real world cost of about $550 given a value for my time sourcing the parts and building it…is the value really there?
I am looking also at the Jet 1 1/2 hp, with 2 micron canister, and the vortex technology. $594 to the door, 5 yr warranty, no tinkering. Somewhat of a 2 stage system, small footprint.
The other options would either be a Shop Fox or Grizzly 1 1/2 hp, 2 stage system, w/ remote control, canister filters, and not too big of a footprint. The kicker is the $860ish bucks to the door. But seems to be the most complete system and plug and play ready.
Since I am not made of money and don’t get a lot of shop time, I see some value in all options. I really don’t want to spend $860 either. However, I know I may only have to cry once in that scenario. The easy way seems to be the Jet, I get no tinker time, less than $600, but it will still be somewhat of a single stage set up. I tend to over analize tool purchases.
Any words of experience on the Jet, Shop Fox/Grizzly units? I have read and looked at a lot of posts on the HF. I know it is loved. Is the 2 stage a must have? Fix the Delta?
Thanks for any help.