Are you looking for a powerful and portable dust collector? Well, you are in luck because this Shopfox W1868 2 HP Portable Cyclone Dust Collector fits the part well. Here we are looking at a Cyclone Dust Collector that provides the efficiency of a 2-stage cyclone system with the portability of a single-stage dust collector. 

One of the best things about this collector is that it has a high surface area pleated filter with paddles to mechanically knock off dust cake. It also comes with a remotely controlled magnetic switch making it very easy for you to control it from a distance.

This Shopfox W1868 2 HP Portable Cyclone Dust Collector features a steel impeller that can handle most wood debris that passes through the collection bag. You will find that the collection bag has a capacity of 5.4 cubic feet and can hold 2.5 microns of dust particles. 

This not only keeps your workspace clean from even the tiniest dust particles but it makes it even easier for you to dispose of the dust. All this amazing efficiency is packed in a portable and compatible machine that you will surely want in your shop. So get one now and watch some change happen to your shop. 

Pros

  • Powerful machines
  • Made for woodworking shops
  • Large capacity
  • Multiple connection ports
  • Durable design

Cons

  • Is expensive to buy 
  • Maintenance may be expensive

Specifications

  • Motor: 2 HP, 220V, 3450 RPM, 9A
  • Intake hole size: 7″
  • Impeller: 13″ welded steel
  • Collection drum size: 20 gallons
  • Air suction capacity: 1023 CFM
  • Static pressure: 10.9″
  • Approx. shipping weight: 397 lbs.

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

Dust collectors may not be one of the first things on your mind when you open up shop, but they are very important and can offer a lot of protection. There are lots of dust collectors out there, which can make it quite hard for you to find the best one for your needs and budget.

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.

What Filter Size Is Best? 

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.

How much Suction Power do I need? 

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 (such as the one to the right).

Should I get a 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

When it comes to these types of products, they are designed to offer improvement in your shop, so you need to check that you are getting a high-quality one.

They are made to clean your workshop and keep your space free from dust, debris, and other particles. Not only can these make your shop look messy and can make work more difficult to complete, but they can also cause some health issues if you are breathing them in.

This is where dust collectors come in, and they can be used alongside a respirator to protect your skin and lungs from particles. A lot of power tools do come with their own dust collectors, but purchasing a full-size device is recommended

David D. Hughes