What are some of the things that you have to consider when buying a cyclone dust collector? What is the cost of these machines? These are some of the issues that cloud your thinking as you wonder what you will have to do to make sure that you get a dust collector that will improve the quality of air in your woodworking shop
You head to the market to buy one of these machines but your limited knowledge makes it difficult to find the right collector. Worry not as we have developed this guide to help you in your search. This guide features things that you need to consider when buying, but also individual reviews of our 5 favorite models on the market.
|Model||Price||Drum Size||Editor Rating|
|Jet JCDC-2 2 hp||30 gal||4.6/5|
|Baileigh DC – 1450 C||28 gal||4.5/5|
|Dust Deputy Cyclone Kit|
|Shop Fox W1823||20 gal||3.9/5|
The Jet JCDC-3 is by far one of the best cyclone dust collectors that you can get to improve the quality of air in your shop. It combines sufficient power and high performance in one elegant and high-quality package that makes it a sight to behold.
Its motor is rated at 3 HP and it can put out as much as 1963 CFM suction power and this will help you maintain the quality of air in your shop to the healthiest standard. The Jet JCDC-3 is also one of the most efficient cyclone dust collectors around as it can comfortably handle up to 3 tools at a go and endure extended ducting for a seamless air purification performance.
The only negative thing that we have to say about this cyclone dust collector it that its remote control has some deficiencies that make using it a bit frustrating. The battery compartment of the remote doesn’t hold the batteries properly and as such, they don’t make good contact for proper usage.
The Jet JCDC-2 2 hp is our second pick for cyclone dust collectors if you want a quiet machine that will clean and purify the air in your shop with minimal fuss. Assembling it is very easy and although most people claim that it will require 2 people to get the job done, you can do it on your own if you follow the detailed instructions on the product’s package.
The Jet JCDC-2 2 hp is a little bit heavier than other collectors of its class but there is a very good reason why that is the case. This is because it packs a bigger filter, motor, and dust drum and this increases the efficiency with which it purifies the air in your shop.
The Jet JCDC-2 2 hp, however, fails to dislodge the Jet JCDC-3 from the top spot as it has an inferior motor and it accommodates fewer inlets. The Jet JCDC -2 has a 2HP motor and can accommodate 2 inlets while the Jet JCDC-3 has a 3HP motor and can accommodate 3 inlets.
Here is another decent machine if you are struggling with dust in your shop. This compact cyclone dust collector has been designed with a small footprint and this makes it the perfect machine to clean the air in your basement shop. Its impeller provides about 1450 CFM of suction power which is more than the power that dust collectors of a similar build can generate.
This is enough to extract dust particles from all the machines in your shop. However, assembling this machine is hard to do.
The Baileigh DC – 1450 is unable to make it into our top 2 as it doesn’t produce enough suction power than the 2 other models ranked above it.
It is, therefore, less efficient when it comes to eliminating dust in a working area than the two models above it in the pecking order and this could still leave you vulnerable to the harmful effects of inhaling air that has been contaminated with dust particles.
If you lack the funds to purchase a high-end model but you still need a solution for your shop’s dust problem, then the Dust Deputy Cyclone Kit is the best value for the money dust collector in the market. It will develop sufficient power to suck dust from the air around you but it is not enough to get the job done properly.
The waste bin also doesn’t have a window and this makes it difficult to monitor the level of dust collected in the bin. You will, therefore, have to keep checking the bin to see is full for you to empty it and this can be quite frustrating. All in all, the Dust Deputy Cyclone Kit is a decent dust collector that will get the job done but not as perfect as you would expect it to.
A good cyclone dust collector will get the job done with minimal power and without producing too much noise but the Shop Fox W1823 fails terribly in this regard. If you get this dust collector for your air purification needs, you will use a lot of power and have to wear earplugs for you to work in the shop. You will, therefore, not be able to converse with other people if you are performing group assignments and this limits your activities to some extent.
It is cheaper than some of the models mentioned in this review but this counts for nothing if its power consumption is very high. Assembling it is quite a challenge as well and this could see you spend a lot of time doing so only to end up with a dust collector that is noisy and has a huge appetite for watts.
A cyclone dust collector is one of the machines that you must invest in if you want to work comfortably in your woodworking shop. You will inevitably generate dust when working with wood in your shop and a cyclone dust collectors will make sure that dust doesn’t become a nuisance for the entire time you will be spending in your shop.
Inhaling dust can bring a lot of complications such as lung failure and a clogged up airway and continued exposure to the same can be catastrophic. A dust mask may keep some of the dust particles away but some tiny particles can still pass through the mask and bring about breathing complications. A cyclone dust collector deals with both the large and tiny dust particles and this cleans and purifies your air.
To help you pick the best cyclone dust collector for your shop, we will look at some of the things that you must consider to make an informed purchase decision below.
This is one of the things that you have to consider when choosing a cyclone dust collector. The dust collector that you buy must sufficiently cover the working area that makes up your shop as anything less than these will leave you exposed to the harmful effects of dust in the air you breathe.
If your shop is large, you should get a cyclone dust collector with more power for better performance and if the shop is small, a dust collector with moderate suction power will do. Such dust collectors are small and portable and as such, they will not take up too much floor space in your working area and make it difficult for you to move around.
If you generate a lot of dust in your shop, then it is highly imperative that you get a cyclone dust collector that can comfortably handle all the dust that you create. Don’t be afraid to go for an industrial-grade dust collector if this is what it will take to keep the air in your shop as safe as possible.
If you generate a little amount of dust in your shop, a portable and least expensive dust collector will do.
If you are working from a large facility, the chances are higher that you will need a more permanent solution in place. This means a larger and probably a fixed dust collector that has been installed to deal with dust in your working area. Such models are not portable at all and what they lack in portability they make up for by generating enough suction to keep your working area as safe as possible.
Portable dust collectors are ideal for small working areas and for the workers who keep shifting their working area. This includes on-call craftsmen who move around offering their services to various clients.
From our extensive research, the Jet JCDC-3 emerged as the top pick in this category as we were impressed by how efficient it was in collecting dust and chips. The Jet JCDC-2 was not far behind with its ability to generate enough suction power one of its selling points. The Baileigh DC – 1450 was third and the Dust Deputy Cyclone Kit emerged as the best value for the money cyclone dust collector. We were least impressed by the Shop Fox W1823 as it consumed too much power for our liking.
The market is flooded with sub-standard cyclone dust collectors and if you are not careful, you may end up with a machine that doesn’t make your working area any safer. These reviews of cyclone dust collectors will help you choose a good dust collector that will serve you effectively.
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