Are you tired of having to manually sweep the dust in your shop? Well, I have great news for you. You can get this amazing Shopfox W1666-2HP Dust Collector and that problem will be solved. This dust collector features a 2 HP motor and an extra heavy-duty 12-inch steel impeller that moves 1,550 cubic feet of air every minute. 

It works for wood dust only so if you own a woodwork shop this may be your best addition to that room yet. It comes with a 2.5 micron felt upper filtration and a PE plastic lower collection bag. These both aid in filtering the air around your shop and the plastic bag is for easy collection. That way you can easily dispose of the collected duyst

You don’t have to worry about finding an exact spot to place this dust collector because it was designed with portability in mind, so you may as well move it as much as you want. It’s a great tool for workers who use several different work spaces or just want the freedom to move it around when working. 

It also has a safety switch and removable key to optimize safety especially in spaces where there are a lot of people. This makes this dust collector a wise choice for those who share workspaces. All in all, just know that this dust collector won’t ever disappoint you. If you’re looking for an easy to use, portable dust collector, then the Shopfox W1166 2-HP dust collector is the one for you. 

Pros 

  • Has air suction capacity of 800 CFM
  • Bag filtration of 2.5 microns
  • Said by reviewers to have easy assembly
  • Very mobile
  • Quiet when operating
  • Typically thought of as a “manageable” size

Cons

  • Does not list information on a possible warranty
  • Is not as powerful

Specifications

  • Motor: 2 HP, 220V, single-phase, 3450 RPM, 12A
  • Static pressure: 12.3″
  • Impeller: 12″ balanced steel, radial fin
  • Portable base size: 21-1/2″ x 33-1/2″
  • Bag capacity: 5.4 cubic feet
  • Air suction capacity: approx. 1550 CFM
  • 6″ Inlet has a removable “Y” fitting with two 4″ openings
  • Standard bag filtration: 2.5 Micron
  • Powder-coated finish
  • Height with bags inflated: 78″
  • Approximate shipping weight: 108 lbs.
Shopfox W1666 Dust Collector

Facts on general Dust Collectors

Sizes of Dust Collectors

The first thing to consider when shopping for a dust collector is the size of the unit. If you have a very small shop, you probably don’t want to give up the floor space required by the larger collectors. On the other hand, in a large shop with several stationary tools, a larger collector might be the only way to capture the chips and dust.

In addition to the size of the collector, there are two important bases which are the horsepower of the motor, and the cubic feet per minute of airflow the unit is capable of generating. The higher the airflow, the greater the capability of the collector. The good news is there are enough options on the market to suit just about any size shop.

SMALL. A 3-4hp, 650 CFM collector, might be the perfect solution for a small shop. It’s small enough to move around the shop as needed and conveniently hangs on the wall, out of the way of your tools. In spite of its small size, You will find that this type of unit works very well. With a ten-foot section of hose attached, it collects planer and jointer shavings very well. And since it’s so easy to move, you’ll probably never need to use a longer hose. 

This is a big step up from trying to collect dust with a shop vacuum. Quite affordable it won’t break the bank either. On the downside, the filter bag also doubles as the collection bag. This means that the air has to move through the dust on its return path into the shop. And the 30-micron bag allows quite a bit of fine dust back into the air. 

MEDIUM. The next step up is a collector like the one shown below. Typically equipped with a 1-hp motor and rated to generate around 700 CFM, this style is a good choice for a small shop with only a few stationary power tools. Collectors of this size also use disposable plastic collection bags for the chips and dust. This not only separates the chip collection from the air filtration, but it makes them a lot easier to keep clean than having to empty and clean a cloth bag.

This type of collector works well with up to 15 feet of hose, but is still too small to serve a duct system connected to more than one tool at a time. Another limitation of this size and style collector is that most only have a single inlet. Units similar to this are sold by a number of different manufacturers for around $300. 

LARGE. If you have a larger shop and want to set up a duct system connected to multiple tools, the 1 1 ⁄ 2 -hp, 1100-1200 CFM models, like the one shown in the main photo are just the ticket. Collectors of this size are about as large as you can go without requiring 220-volt service to your shop. In addition to providing plenty of collection power, many manufacturers offer pleated filter cartridges to replace the bag-style filters.

These cartridges capture dust down to 1 micron and the pleated filter provides an extremely large surface area to improve filtration. Just give the handle a few turns and paddles will knock loose most of the dust. With these larger collectors, you can set up fixed collection ducts for added convenience.

Our Verdict

When it comes to woodworking, dust collectors are some of the most vital pieces of equipment to have in your space, for the sake of both convenience and safety. Not only is woodworking a messy job, but the possibility of getting sawdust in your eye or throat can make it dangerous as well. Every woodshop varies, and therefore the kind of equipment it needs varies as well.

There is a lot to take in when it comes to your options for a durable and reliable device that serves the purpose of keeping your space clean and protecting your health. Due to these machines’ functions, they’re truly an investment, but one that is necessary. Price, efficiency, accessibility, voltage use, and more are all aspects to consider when figuring out the right dust collector for you.

David D. Hughes
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