The Shopfox W1826 Wall Dust Collector is just as it’s name entails, a wall-mounted dust collector. It is designed to capture dust right at the source, and eliminates the reduced efficiency of a duct system. 

Coming with a 537 CFM capacity, you can best relax and believe that this dust collector will handle just about any woodworking machine. When it comes to it being user friendly it comes with a non-complicated duct system so the static pressure loss is minimal. 

The Shopfox W1826 Wall Dust Collector comes to you as a simple wall-mount bracket and locking screw system. This will ensure it will be safely up and running in no time. The bag filter features a window to gauge dust levels in the bag and a bottom zipper for easy cleaning. 

So you don’t have to worry about having to manually collect dust anymore. Once you feel you’re done, just take the bag out and go dispose of the dust in it and you are done. It’s a great choice for any woodworker and it certainly will not disappoint you. 

Pros 

  • Is very efficient and effective 
  • Is very easy to use
  • Collects all dust particles preventing health issues
  • Can be used on large surfaces 
  • Collects dust in a plastic which can be easily disposed

Cons

  • Can easily be affected by a fire
  • Is not as effective as filters

Specifications

  • Motor: 1 HP, 110V/220V, single-phase, pre wired 110V
  • Motor amp draw: 7A/3.5A
  • Air suction capacity: 537 CFM
  • Static pressure: 7.2″
  • Intake Hole Size: 4″
  • Impeller: 10″ balanced cast-aluminum
  • Bag capacity: 2 cubic feet
  • Bag size (diameter x depth): 13-1/2″ x 24″
  • Standard bag filtration: 2.5 micron
  • Powder-coated finish
  • Height with bag inflated: 44″
  • CSA certified meeting CSA C22.2 #243-M91 and UL 1017 standards
  • Approximate shipping weight: 55 lbs.
Shopfox W1826 Dust Collector

What are Dust Collectors?

Dust collectors are specially designed systems and devices that are used to filter the air by collecting any impurities or dust particles that are known to pollute the air surrounding us. These range from compact and portable collectors used in small shops for the collection of particles from woodworking activities or cement work to much larger systems. 

The big sized dust collectors clear the polluted air in large industrial areas to purify the air, providing the workers with a healthy atmosphere. A dust collector is usually an attachment to various woodworking machines, and tools. Their sole purpose is to collect dust from the machine, just like what its name refers to. 

A dust collector is able to collect dust from the machine by inhaling or otherwise removing airborne sawdust and fine debris, into its chamber that’s usually screened by a filter. In that way, a dust collector prevents dust from accumulating in the work area. 

A dust collector is almost always a vacuum type that’s powered by an electric motor that drives an intake fan to move air at a high rate – very similar to the way a household vacuum cleaner works, but on a larger scale.

Whenever you need to operate any grinding or bladed power tool for woodworking, it’s always recommended to have it attached to a dust collector if the machine supports it. There is no better alternative to keeping a working area dust free, even if it is well ventilated, short of doing your woodworking projects outdoors.

Buying Tips

Common Terms

  • Micron: Unit of measurement for dust particles. 397 microns equals 1/64th of an inch.
  • Static pressure resistance: The air already moving through the duct needs to be pushed away by the suction.  This produces static pressure resistance that is measured in inches.
  • CFM: Stands for Cubic Feet per Minute.  It is used to measure air intake.

Filter Size

Filter fabric technology has changed significantly over the last 20 years. Back then, a machine was likely a single-stage collector equipped with a 30-micro bag. These bags almost did more harm than good. They poorly filtered the small dust particles, which are sometimes the most harmful ones.

Particles smaller than 10 microns are most dangerous as they can penetrate deep into your lungs and your body does a poor job at filtering them out.  As filtration technology developed, new dust collectors are now equipped with pleated filters which can filter particles as small as 0.3 microns. When purchasing a dust collector, ensure that it can filter down to at least 2.5 microns.

Suction Power

The last thing you want to do is purchase a dust collector that does not provide enough suction for your needs. Suction is measured by CFM.  Your suction needs are dependent on the tools you use in your workshop.  

Keep in mind that every foot of pipe will add resistance to the suction so you will need to calculate the amount of static-pressure loss that will occur between your dust collector and where your tools are set up.  As each manufacturer is different, you should check their websites for performance curves.

Single Stage or Two Stage?

Single stages are cheaper than two stage systems. Does that mean that they are worse and not as effective? It is likely so. A two stage collector will first draw air into a separator that filters out the larger pieces.  From there, the smaller pieces reach a filter.  

The benefit is that the largest particles (including chips) don’t clog the filter and ensure that the filter suction is always working with no hiccups. So yes, while you will notice that a two-stage collector is generally more expensive than a one-stage collector, its system design will ensure that it always runs smoothly and sucks out all harmful particles out of the air.

Our Verdict

Dust collectors are used in many processes to either recover valuable granular solid or powder from process streams or to remove granular solid pollutants from exhaust gases and work environments.

When we do woodworking, we produce different sizes of wood chips and dust particles, both of which we can collect with our dust collectors. However, studies have shown that the fine dust, which in many cases we can’t even see, is the most damaging to our bodies. So get yourself a dust collector and take care of your health.

David D. Hughes