If you are in the market for a dust collector, you may be forgiven for thinking that they are all the same. Many dust collectors do have similarities, but at the same time, they can be slightly different. This can make choosing the right dust collector so much harder than it really should be. The goods news is we can help you: We have put together a list of 5 of what we think are the best dust collectors on the market, making your search so much easier. Take a look below for more information.
So, What are the products on offer?
At Number One...
The WEN 3410 3-Speed Remote Controlled Air Filtration System comes with a 1/6 HP motor, a 26-foot remote control range, and a timer that could prove to be quite handy. With a modern black and orange finish, and 50 – 50 dB of noise, the WEN should not be too loud for you.
1/6 HP Motor
Sold for approximately $130, and weighing 31 pounds, the 3410 measures 17 x 20.5 x 10 inches and comes with 5 micron our filters, mounting hooks and a handle, and three speeds for ease of use. With a reputation for being easy to mount, this unit could be exactly what you need.
At Number Two...
The Jet DC-1100VX-CK Dust Collector comes complete with a vortex cone that works to separate any chips, and a collector bag. Sold for approximately $853, and with industrial controls, the Jet is ideal for professional workshops and businesses. With collection bags that are easy to connect and a single stage design which ensures that the DC-110VX is quiet, this could be the dust collector for you.
Measuring 37 x 22.5 x 39 inches, and weighing 109 pounds, this dust collector is a lot bigger and heavier than the previous model. Manufactured to collect 86% of 1 micron particles, and 98% of 2 micron particles, this is a dust collector that has been made to perform well. With a reputation for being very effective and easy to assemble, the Jet may be the product you have been looking for.
At Number Three...
Advanced Pure Air Newport 9000
The Advanced Pure Air Newport 9000 Air Purifier is sold for approximately $210 and comes with an air filtration system that works to filter out any unhygienic particles. With remote controls and a completely automatic system, this air purifier may not have been made to pick up workshop-related dust particles, but it may be ideal for the home, or for those times you want to work in your garage and keep the air clean.
Advanced Pure Air
Measuring 28 x 16 x 12.4 inches, and weighing just 20 pounds, the Advanced Pure is quite light. With the ability to help rid the home or small workplace of pet dander and odor, tobacco smoke, toxic gases, and more, this Newport 9000 has a reputation for being a reliable product that is very quiet
At Number Four...
SHOP FOX W1685
The SHOP FOX W1685 1.5 Horsepower 1,280 CFM Dust Collector Comes with a 5.4 cubic feet dust bag, an air suction capacity of approximately 1,280 CFM, and powder coated paint for a better finish. Sold for approximately $400, and with a single-phase motor that works at 3,450 RPM, this could be the dust collector you need.
With a 6-inch inlet and a steel impeller for better performance, the SHOP FOX measures 22.2 x 37 x 22.5 inches and weighs 108 pounds. Complete with a safety switch that means unauthorized use is less common, this could be the dust collector your workshop needs. With a reputation for working powerfully from the moment it’s switched on, the W1685 is well worth considering.
At Number Five...
Shop Fox W1826
The Shop Fox W1826 Wall Dust Collector has a thoroughly modern finish and is sold for approximately $227. With a 1 HP motor, and a window so users can see how full the dust bag is, this could be the ideal dust collector for you. The 2.5 micron bag comes with an impressive 2 cubic foot capacity, and the system itself measures 19.5 x 18 x 44 inches.
Complete with a safety paddle switch, and weighing 50.2 pounds, this is not the heaviest dust collector we have seen, but it isn’t the lightest one either. With a reputation for being a reasonably good dust collector, this could be the ideal model for your workshop or garage.
While many different collectors tend to offer different levels of power, it isn’t vital that you buy a dust collector that comes with a lot of power. This is because the more power a collector has, the harder it is likely to work. If you decide to opt for a collector that has a lot of power, it could be too powerful for a smaller work area. For small work areas, you should ideally opt for a dust collector that has less power than industrial ones. One of the most important aspects of a dust collector is what it can offer you in terms of price, weight, and performance. This is because if you can find a dust collector that is of a reasonably low price, isn’t too heavy to lift, and is known for performing well, you may have a very reliable dust collector on your hands.
The model you that end up buying is likely to depend on a number of factors: How much you want to pay for your new dust collector, how often you’ll use it, and the size of the space that you work in
The amount of money you’ll pay could reflect the quality of your dust collector. If you choose to buy a cheap model, you should be aware that you’re not going to get a collector that is able to suck up all those particles.
However, some cheaper collectors will work reasonably well, but they may not get rid of enough particles, which could mean pet dander, dust from the work area, and some fumes may still be a slight problem
The more money you pay for your new dust collector the better it is likely to be. This is because it will be made out of stronger, tougher materials, and have the capacity to suck up all those bits of dust with relative ease.
If you decide to purchase a collector that has a mid-range price you could end up with one that is almost as good as some of the more expensive models but this is not always the case. Please make sure you do your research, and take a look at some customer reviews and comments so you know what the product’s reputation is like and if it is worth spending your money on it.
- How often you will use it
If you’re not going to use your dust collector every day you may not need to spend very much on it. This is because it is unlikely that you will need an industrial strength or size model.
However, if you plan to use it every day, you may want to spend a bit more money on it. A higher price often indicates a better purification or dust collection system, which could be perfect if you work with wood or other slightly messy materials.
Not a lot of people consider the weight of a dust collector before they buy one. However, if you don’t consider the weight, you may buy a dust collector that is too heavy for your walls. Some dust collectors need to be placed up on a wall and out of reach of machinery and other equipment.
If you do decide to buy a heavy dust collector you think it may be more robust than some of the lighter ones, and while this may be the case, you might not be able to install it in place without hiring someone to do it. Please make sure that you know how heavy the dust collector is going to be. Not only could you end up putting it on a wall that turns out not to be strong enough to hold it in place, you don’t want the additional expense of hiring someone to put it in place, or build a stronger wall!
Questions We Are Frequently Asked…
How do dust collectors work?
A dust collector works by removing particles, dust, pet dander and more from the air, and from the environment too. They work on what is known as a ‘Capture, convey, and collect’ system.
Capture – The dust and the other particles need to be captured, and this is done by using capture hoods that suck the particles in from their source of origin, or in the air in the work space. Some pieces of machinery that kick up a lot of dust often have a port that allows you to attach a dust collection system to it, but not all dust collectors allow you to do this.
Conveyed – The ducting system can maintain an air velocity that keeps the dust close by so that the system can reach it. If the duct is not the right size or it’s not powerful enough to work in the environment, the system could become clogged.
Collected – Lastly, the dust and particles are collected, and they can pass through a filter, an impingement baffle, or a cyclonic separator, but there are other dust collectors that use bag-houses, or precipitators.
This is usually how dust collectors work, but they can differ between brands and models. If you would like a dust collector that works in a specific way, please do your research and find out how they work so you’re not disappointed when you start to set it up.
How much dust can they collect?
This ultimately depends on the brand that you buy, as many brands can differ in the amount of dust, particles, and dander etc. that they pick up. Please check each model before you buy them, so you understand how much they can pick up, and how well they may work for you. Some dust collectors will work more than others, so it’s incredibly important that you know how powerful they are.
Please note that some dust collectors are ideal for busy workshops, whereas others are ideal for use for a few hours at a time.
Once you have determined how powerful a dust collector is, you will need to make sure that it is powerful enough for you. We recommend that you should buy a dust collector that is able to collect a little more dust etc. than you currently need it to. This is because your needs may change over time, or you may find you have a large project to undertake that kicks up a lot of dust. Having said that, you should avoid buying a model that is just too powerful, as chances are it will use up a lot more power.
If you’re in need of a dust collector so you can keep your work area clean, you’re probably aware it’s not easy finding the right one for you. However, there are only a few dust collectors out there that may be exactly what you need. We hope we have made your search a little easier, so you are closer to working in an area where dust and particles are not a concern.
If you have any other questions or worries please contact us, or if you have any comments or improvements please leave a comment at the bottom of the page.