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Tired of making do with your wet/dry shop vacuum? We don’t blame you. Step up to this JDS collection system make all the sawdust you want. After the initial setup (which is a little tedious but not taxing), it’s all but maintenance-free; just empty the bag when it’s full.
This unit moves 1,250 cubic feet of air every minute – that’s equivalent to exchanging all the air in a room that’s 12 by 13 feet with 8-foot ceilings in 60 seconds. That’s pretty impressive. The top bag filters particles down to 1 micron – one millionth of a meter – keeping your shop air clean and clear. On the bottom is a replaceable clear plastic bag that lets you see exactly how much is in your collector, and we like the choice of either throwing the bag away with the contents or emptying it out and reusing it. It’s got a 42-gallon capacity, so unless you’re making chips eight hours a day, it likely won’t need emptying too often. We’d recommend not letting it get full, though, because 42 gallons of sawdust is no picnic to lift.
The motor is wired for 110-volt service, a standard household outlet, but it’s easily rewired for 220 volts, depending on your shop setup. It’s got an abundance of power for running one tool at a time, even a planer, but it’s probably not sufficient for more than that. The casters make the unit really mobile, so you can roll it around your shop and connect it to whatever tool you’re using, but the casters could be beefier, we thought. We think you’ll find, though, that after you use this collector for a while, you’ll want to build a system with blast gates and a remote for the unit. It’s a natural progression for tool hounds.
The woodworker who finally ditches the shop vacuum and brings in this JDS collector will wonder why s/he didn’t do it sooner. --Kris Jensen-Van Heste
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