Discount: SHOP FOX W1727 1 HP Dust Collector

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    • T. C. Lawton
    • August 5, 2015
    89 of 90 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Really solid; highly recommended., June 4, 2009
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    T. C. Lawton (Fort Collins CO USA) –
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    This review is from: SHOP FOX W1727 1 HP Dust Collector (Tools & Home Improvement)
    Very impressed, after trying to survive- and nearly choking- with just a shopvac!
    This unit is weighty, goes together well, and doesn’t feel, or look, cheaply-made. The filter bag is pretty fine (2.5 micron, IIRC), and I’ve certainly not noticed ANYTHING (except clean air and a woody smell!) coming out of it. It has a fairly compact footprint too, which is great in my small shop. While not quiet, the noise it emits is nothing like as wearing as a shopvac, and amounts to a nice reassuring roar, not a whine- and certainly no rattles- until it whisks away a woodchip in a satisfying way. Shop Fox have a real website, with real technical support and PDF manuals online- altogether a proper and reliable-feeling company.
    I’d strongly recommend it to anyone who was choking in dust like me…!

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    • DJA
    • August 5, 2015
    65 of 67 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Nice, if this is what you need, April 21, 2011
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    DJA (Pittsburgh, PA USA) –

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    This review is from: SHOP FOX W1727 1 HP Dust Collector (Tools & Home Improvement)
    This unit is relatively small, but seems to pull a lot of air. However, I do consider this to be loud. I had a 1.5HP unit from Harbor Fright that was about the most primitive tool I’ve seen, and it was only slightly louder. (It was returned for killing a 20A breaker and having a noisy bearing. It also appears to be IDENTICAL to the 1.5HP unit that Shop Fox – and many others – are currently selling) This has the roar of the impeller and induction motor, certainly not the scream of a universal motor. Still, expect to use hearing protection when you start this machine–which is a good idea with any power tool.

    The wheels are cheesy, but not bad enough to replace; I usually drag this as much as roll it. I also had to add tape to the top edge of the plastic collection bag due to dust leakage. But any unit that uses a metal band to secure a thin plastic bag to a metal body is bound to be less than air tight. When I empty the bag, I may add a band of felt around the metal body to give the bag a better chance at sealing.

    The unit is stupid easy to assemble and it seems well made. There is also very little vibration. All things considered, if you need a smaller portable DC, this is a fair price for what you get.

    UPDATE: This unit starts to loose suction as the top filter becomes caked with dust; the drop-off is fairly significant. This may be typical of this type of DC, but I don’t know. The problem is temporarily corrected by tapping the felt to shake loose the caked dust. A significant amount of dust will fall down from the filter. I have to tap the felt every few uses now. (FYI: I do a lot of router cuts which generate a lot of fine dust. Table saw cutting doesn’t seem to cake the filter as much)

    UPDATE 2/12: Still having zero regrets on this unit. I’ve now wired this for 240V and it draws only 4.5A on that circuit. The minor issues mentioned above are still there, but none rise to the level of a serious problem. I’d definitely buy again.

    UPDATE 10/13: All is well after 2 1/2 years of regular use. I have added a band of felt around the body where the dust bag is clamped and I no longer need to tape the edge to prevent leakage; it does create a more effective seal. (IMO, this should be how it comes from the factory) I’ve also removed the 90 degree elbow where the hose connects to the unit, I connected the hose right to the intake port (clamp and tape) for a straighter airflow. Not sure it makes a difference, but it seemed like a good idea. Still a good purchase.

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