September 5, 2020

Shopfox W1823 1-1/2 HP Portable Cyclone Review [UPDATED]

Here is the Shopfox W1823 1-1/2 HP Portable Cyclone. Like any cyclone, it’s made to remove particles from any state of matter, but this specific one can pull 806 CFM. 

When the time comes for disposal, collected dust is easy to dispose of thanks to the 20-gallon drum with casters and plastic bag liners. It has a maximum static pressure of 10.4″, making it quite reliable in removing any particles from the air around. Hence the dust is already in one place. The only thing you may as well do is empty them, and you are good to go. 

The Shopfox W1823 1-1/2 HP Portable Cyclone comes with a viewing window on the side of the drum that helps to eliminate any guesswork about when it’s time to empty the dust bins.  It also comes with a lever, and a cable lid-raising mechanism makes emptying it easy. 

Shopfox W1823 1-1/2 HP Portable Cyclone

The 2.0-micron pleated filter also has an internal cleaning paddle to help keep the filter at peak performance. However, one should keep in mind that it is for wood dust only.


  • It is portable and easy to carry around
  • Works with a remote control
  • Can work in large workspaces
  • Promotes good health and air circulation 
  • It is very easy to use and understand 


  • Works for dust particles only 
  • Is more to the expensive side


  • Motor: 1-1/2 HP, 120V/240V*, pre-wired 120V, single-phase, Class E induction, 3450 RPM, *Additional parts for purchase for 240V conversion.
  • Remote-controlled magnetic switch with thermal overload protection
  • CFM: 806
  • Static pressure: 10.4″
  • Inlet: 6″ (or 4″ x 2 with included Y)
  • Filter Rating: 0.2 – 2 Micron
  • Drum: 20 gallon
  • Overall height: 70-1/2″
  • Lever and cable lid-raising mechanism
  • Compact design with low footprint and headroom space required
  • Paddle for maintaining filter efficiency
  • Rolling casters for mobility
  • Back-pressure hose keeps plastic drum liners in place
  • Easy to clean and maintain
  • Footprint: 32″ x 32″ x 32″
  • Approximate shipping weight: 147 lbs.
Shopfox W1823 1-1/2 HP Portable Cyclone Dust Collector

Additional Features from manufacturers 

It comes with 1-1/2 HP

The Shopfox W1823 1-1/2 HP Portable Cyclone

It comes with its 1-1/2 HP motor that generates 806 CFM of air movement with a maximum static pressure of 10.4-inches. This will all help in making dust collection faster and more efficient. Collected dust is easy to manage when using the 20-gallon drum with casters and replaceable plastic bag liners. 

Viewing Windows 

The viewing window in the canister eliminates any guesswork in determining when it’s time to empty the drum, and the lever and cable lid raising mechanism makes emptying it very easy to deal with. 

Built Tough

Shop fox W1823 1-1/2 HP Portable Cyclone collection systems are built for dependability and designed for efficient collection, separation, and filtration. Heavy duty cyclone chambers and precisely engineered airflow systems separate large chips and fine dust for convenient removal. Other features include an internal brush mechanism for easy-to-clean canister filters, electronic timers, and remote control operation.


The included Y-Fitting is used to attach branch lines to service more than one machine. Each port on the Y-fitting is 4-inches in diameter. The Y-fitting may also be removed to offer a single 6-inch inlet to feed the main line to a multiple branch collection system.

Remote Control

Shop fox W1823 1-1/2 HP Portable Cyclone includes a radio frequency remote control receiver and hand-held control, allowing the dust collector to be turned on and off from up to 75-feet away or closer when operated from an adjacent room. The range will vary depending upon the density of materials between the receiver and the control.

Points to consider when choosing a Dust Collector

Power: As far as this goes, more is better (although it often comes with some collateral noise pollution). While a given model’s horsepower rating or impeller size can give you some decent clues, the metric you want to be looking for is suction capacity, typically measured in cubic feet per minute. Smaller units with lower suction capacities like the can be suitable for hobbyists looking to service a single saw, while larger machines.

Capacity: This might not be the most important consideration for casual users who plan to have this unit running infrequently. But for full-time professionals who have saws cutting for eight to 10 hours a day, frequently stopping to empty your dust drum or bag can be a significant annoyance. Machines with lower collection capacities like those with a modest, 1.7-cubic-feet dust bag sometimes benefit from a smaller footprint. At the same time, models with better holding abilities can store more than 8.4 cubic feet of dust and are likely to take up a bit more space.

Portability: While the massive size of some of the industrial models in this category makes them permanent installations by default, most of our selections include some portability provisions. Casters seem to be a standard issue for these rankings, so moving it around might be less of a concern if you never need to get it out of the way.

Our Verdict

Most people accumulate lung infections and diseases not because they smoke but because of the quality of the air they inhale. You have to be careful and take care of your health. 

Sometimes we inhale impure air without knowing it. Most dust particles may be too fine for us to notice, but then with too much of them collecting in our lungs, things could get serious. We get sick with silly things like coughs and colds and ignore that maybe our bodies and lungs are calling for help. So get yourself a dust collector and prevent all these health problems.


David D. Hughes

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