Review: SHOP FOX W1685 1.5-Horsepower 1,280 CFM Dust Collector

SHOP FOX W1685 1.5-Horsepower 1,280 CFM Dust Collector

A powerful dust collector from Shop Fox. This unit features an extra heavy-duty 12" steel impeller and a 1-1/2 HP motor that runs on 110V. For wood dust only. Features 2.5 micron filtration.
  • Powder coated paint
  • Bag volume: 5.4 cubic feet
  • Static pressure: 10.1-Inch
  • Air suction capacity: Approximately 1,280 CFM
  • Standard bag filtration: 2.5 Microns

List Price: $ 395.00 Price: $ 367.99

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3 Responses to “Review: SHOP FOX W1685 1.5-Horsepower 1,280 CFM Dust Collector”

  1. DZ
    69 of 69 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    No Regrets, October 16, 2006
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    DZ (Sunnyvale, CA) –

    I purchased the Shop Fox W1685 elsewhere for $199 and I’ve got no regrets. It’s solid and heavy. The supports for the dust separator are 3/4″ pipe and the support for the upper bag is 1/2″ pipe, very solid. I had a little trouble with the nuts and bolts that it came with, they’re CHEAP!!! Stamped out at some other Chinese factory where the quality control isn’t up to snuff. I had to replace a couple of bolts and nuts because the threads were badly formed. The rest of the unit is excellent, all of the mounting holes lined up perfectly.

    It draws 16 amps on startup. So you better be prepared with either 2 circuits, one for the dust collector and the other for your power hungry tool, or be able to start the tools sequentially. The latter is what I do.

    As for the noise level, I’m quite pleased for now. It’s much less than the shop vac I’ve been using until now and the pitch is much lower and therefore not irritating. But, combined with other tools one should still wear hearing protection.

    I don’t have any problems recommending this dust collector to anyone.

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  2. Dustin G. Haugh
    51 of 55 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    If you get a sander your in trouble, January 19, 2010
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    Dustin G. Haugh (Pocatello, ID) –
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    This review is from: SHOP FOX W1685 1.5-Horsepower 1,280 CFM Dust Collector (Tools & Home Improvement)
    Most people that buy this dust collector will probably not use it as much as I do so I might be a little harsh giving it just four stars BUT I’m going to tell you some things that you may need to think about.

    I run a small one man cabinet shop with quite a bit of small equipment. It can handle two small machines running at a time, or one planer. It cannot handle a drum or wide belt sander.

    If you have a number of machines that you want to connect via 4″ to 6″ pipe then you’ll want to keep it under three or four different machines, still only using one at a time.

    Like I said before, it cannot handle a drum or wide belt sander, and for two different reasons. First, the cfm rating is too low, and the second the particles from a sander will pass right by your 30 micron bag… eventually causing respritory problems as you hack it up for the rest of the day.

    This is a great dust collector for machines that generate medium size chips, like a router/shaper, or a small planer/jointer. If you want to connect more than four machines, go with a 3 hp dust collector minimum.

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  3. So Many Tools "Somanytools"
    13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    what a sucker…, March 3, 2010
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    This review is from: SHOP FOX W1685 1.5-Horsepower 1,280 CFM Dust Collector (Tools & Home Improvement)
    this little unit has a very nice small footprint. It comes with casters so you can move it around the shop or out of your way if need be, it went together in about 45 mins….yours may be faster as mine required some tweaking of the motor bracket in order to bolt it down. The unit though load is quite compared to other things like a shap vac for instence…it hums a long and it is amazing how much this unit can suck up before you need to clean out the bag. Why didn’t I buy this sooner?…The one star knocked off is for the motor braket issue and also i was missing one bolt (thank god for the bolt jar right…lol) i have this unit hooked up to a table saw and a planer…i have not had much success hooking this unit up to my compound miter yet but thats my next project…can’t seem to catch as much with that system as I like …but on the table saw and the planer it was really heaven. I planned about 500 linear feet of 1×5 rough down smooth both sides and then changed the bag…just awesome..and most importantly it got it all….a quick note once running its a light draw so you can run this and a saw lightly on the same circut…just no 5/4 oak ok….enjoy

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