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Monday, 14 February 2011 16:11

I got a gift certificate for Hanukkah last year and decided to get the Delta 50-760 1.5 HP dust collector. It has a 1 micron filter bag, which turned out to be the most important feature for me. Since I started woodworking many years ago, I've had a 1HP Grizzly, which had a standard design, and which is still unchanged after 18 years. The collector worked fine for me during that time and I had hooked up all kinds of homemade DC fittings for the planer, RAS, and table saw. Only recently I learned that the bags on the Grizzly, like the bags on most collectors, only filters down to 30 microns! I thought I was helping the dust problem and my allergies by using the DC, but I was only accomplishing two things: 1) collecting wood chips 2) spreading a fine powder all over the shop. I was hoping this new DC would be a little better, and it certainly turned out that way.



I thought I had it all figured out and had the dust collection under control, but it turns out I didn't. After noticing that my allergies nearly disappeared when I wasn't working in my shop for a week or two, I decided it was time to do something about the dust. The 30 micron filter bags on the Grizzly effectively turned it into a chip collector and a device to distribute the rest of the dust all over the shop. I always assumed that fine layer of dust was left over from sanding or other operations for which I wasn't using the collector. But it became clear the DC was a big part of that equation when I realized that cloud of dust that occurs when the collector bag first inflates was coming from inside the bag and was not simply dust that had accumulated on top of the bag.

I researched better DCs, including 1 micron offerings from Grizzly and Penn State Industries, but settled on the Delta because of an article published in Wood magazine a couple years ago. Their tests showed the Delta performed much better than the Grizzlies or Penn States for performance and for collection efficiency. Another possibility was the Harbor Freight 5 micron collector, which was half the price of the Delta, but that had ho-hum reviews. If I was doing this DC upgrade for my health, I may as well do it right and filter out all the 1-5 micron particles as well.


The collector came in a nice Delta logo-ed box from Amazon, and was relatively easy to get into the basement for assembly. Assembly was pretty simple and only took an hour or so. It takes some ingenuity (or trial and error) to get the motor assembly onto the frame, but its doable by yourself. Getting the bags onto the motor assembly is a bit tricky, but if you follow the directions, it should be straightforward. The rubber caps are very difficult to attach to the Y on the motor, but I guess they need to be tight to ensure they don't fall off.

Once assembled, I turned it on, and inflated one of the tallest pieces of equipment in my shop. This thing is HUGE compared to the 1HP Grizzly. The shop is situated in part of my finished basement and the collector nearly touches the ceiling, compared to the Grizzly which was only about 5'10" tall. The machine was obviously loud and I need to wear hearing protection, but not too loud and no high pitched whines and squeals.

Testing and Usage

The first machine to test it on was the table saw (Craftsman 21833), while ripping some 2x4s to make a miter saw stand. The DC worked beautifully. There was no fine mist of dust in the air after I was done ripping a dozen pieces, and there was only minimal dust in front of the saw from the cutting.


I give this tool 5 of 5 stars.

Its got great power, and great filtering efficiency. Its only downside is that it is huge... but to me thats not really a downside for what it does.

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