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JoshMaz writes: “Any woodworker with a saw also has sawdust – and probably lots of it.  Sure, many tools have a ‘dust extraction port,’ but these seem to be only partially effective at best.  Besides the health issues associated with breathing dusty air, it seems that every horizontal surface in the shop — and the rest of my basement – is always covered in a layer of dust.  Well, the wife bought me one of these babies (the AFS-1000B) for Christmas and what a difference it makes!  I just turn it on and set the timer when I start working and then forget all about it.  From the first day I used it I could see the difference in the air in my shop.  One of these is highly recommended for any serious hobbyist or shop-owner.”

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I’ve used JET’s dust collection system on fixed power tools before, and Josh is right — even when it captures the majority of the big stuff, there’s always a bit of smaller materials floating around in the air.  Not only is this stuff nasty to breathe, it’s also a fire hazard, both in the air and on surfaces.  I’m embarassed to say that I didn’t know JET made a filtration system like this.  Shame on me.

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Street pricing starts around $225 for the starter model (up to 440 CFM), and they make larger ones.

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10 Responses to Reader Find: JET’s Air Filtration System

  1. nrChris says:

    I like this product–my father has one in his workshop. A thoughtful touch is the remote control which includes a velcro pad–you can stick the remote in an accessible spot. I like little touches like that.

  2. Me says:

    I agree nrChris. Little touches are nice sometimes.

  3. I have one of the larger ones. In particular, the remote with a timer is a nice touch, and your lungs will thank you.
    http://flickr.com/photos/barelyfitz/44916441/

  4. TL says:

    I highly recommend one of these (Jet or other brands) if you do a bunch of wood working. They can save you thousands in health care costs later in life. And as a bonus do a pretty good job of reducing the fine layer of sawdust that covers your shop. Mine is a dumpster dive find which was supposed to be a clean room air filter. It had gotten dropped so it was no longer adequate for that job, but works fine in the shop.

  5. Andrew says:

    Has anyone used this as a general household air filter (instead of the wimpy things that Honeywell et al make)? Any results?

  6. TourPro says:

    I’m using a 20×20 box fan with same size furnace filters taped to one side. Works incredibly well and I can get really cheap filters from Big Lots. A bit of modification to make filter changing easier might make this more aesthetically pleasing for “public” use. I’ve got it mounted right next to one of my work tables and it just sucks the dust away. Perfect for Dremel work. Much higher quality filters are available – HEPA and what not – I bet it would work for general home filtering too. Not super quiet, but super cheap.

  7. Mike says:

    I’ve used the box fan idea but with a wooden frame where the filters can be slid in and out f the frame easily. Worked great for the price.

  8. sweetalker says:

    I wonder if you can make one from an old furnace fan

  9. Tom says:

    I read a review of filters like this in Wood Magazine. They did some tests and I don’t remember what brand won, but the best buy was the box-fan and filter. It did 75% of what the way more expensive filters did at a tiny price.

  10. If you just intend to run the air through a couple furnace filters, a squirrel cage type blower should work fine.

    The following site has a ton of information (plus lots of scary health info that will make you want to upgrade your dust collection and air cleaning equipment):

    http://billpentz.com/woodworking/cyclone/Index.cfm

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