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Forum topic by BigMig posted 10-13-2020 03:26 AM 532 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-13-2020 03:26 AM

Topic tags/keywords: wen jet air cleaner dust clean air health

I’m in a basement shop of about 15’ x 20’ with low ceilings and I need air filtration. I use a Penn State dust collector on my planer, table saw, etc., but dust that my DC can’t collect settles around the basement. I don’t wear a dust mask all the time, so i’m looking for a solution to keep my lungs clean.

Ceiling – mounted air cleaners like WEN and Jet – are good for conventional shops that have 8’ ceilings, but I don’t have an ideal shop. The ceiling joists are around 6.5’ and some plumbing pipes hang below that. So – would it work if I put a WEN or JET air cleaner under the extension wing of my table saw? That would put it near the/on the floor, but next to probably the biggest source of dust in my shop – the table saw.

So I’d appreciate ideas and feedback on WEN and other brands for the shop, and how I might get creative with placement. Thanks!

-- Mike from Lansdowne, PA

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#1 posted 10-13-2020 04:01 AM

My Wen takes a while to clean the air in my little workshop so for the most part I still keep a mask on or, leave the area while it cleans the air. just set the timer.

I would think under the extension wing would work well enough.

-- "I build for function first, looks second. Most times I never get around to looks." MIke in CO

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#2 posted 10-13-2020 04:02 AM

I have the Wen hanging from the ceiling and it works pretty good. Somewhere on the site this topic came up about where to put it. Someone mentioned that they just set it on a shelf where it could circulate around the room. I went out and checked mine and it does have little rubber feet on it. Don’t know if this helps you, just giving some info. My ceiling is 7 1/2’. You will probably get enough info on this to scare a NASA engineer. Mel

-- MEL, Kansas

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#3 posted 10-13-2020 05:35 AM

For a 15’x20’ shop I’d go with two units if you go with the Wen 3410. It’s designed for a shop half that size. It’s a matter where you strategically put them.

I went with the Wen 4310 because of the size of my shop and price. I used to have mine on a cabinet, in the corner, then later hung it from the ceiling near my major dust producing area. I built two smaller air filtration units. The two I made, I don’t use too often. Do compare the cfm between the different units. Wen also has the 3415 for up to a 1000 sq ft room. And the 3417.

Then you have the floor models like the Grizzly G0573 designed for the larger shops. On casters to roll it around or out of the way. Outer filter is 3 micron and primary is .3 micron

Some brands are really close the same, just a different color of paint and decals. Some you pay extra for the name.

Which ever brand or type you choose, you will still get some settling dust. But, it sure minimizes what wading dust you breath in.

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#4 posted 10-13-2020 10:20 AM

Ambient air cleaners work best when the air in the room is well mixed, thus the manufacturer’s recommendations on placement. If your placement is far from ideal you can simply add one or more small fans to keep the air moving and prevent stagnant areas where the dust could settle.

The CFM of the unit and the volume of your shop determine how long it takes to clear the air. See this.

-- Dave, Tippecanoe County, IN --- Is there a corollary to Beranek.s Law that applies to dust collection?

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#5 posted 10-13-2020 10:47 AM

I mounted miy Jet on a wall due to low ceilings. It pushes the air around pretty well !

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#6 posted 10-13-2020 11:12 AM

If you do wind up mounting the cleaner on the ceiling anyway, make sure to get some safety bumpers from the childproofing section for the bottom edges and corners. That saved my forehead numerous times when I did it.

-- Elliott C. "Eeyore" Evans

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#7 posted 10-13-2020 12:52 PM

I have 2 air cleaners in my basement shop. One is ceiling mounted, the other is a box that my RAS is attached to. Plus a box fan with a filter taped onto it. No such thing as too much dust control.

I’ve seen where folks have made a frame for a box fan, with a mount to slide in a furnace filter. Mine has duct tape, but they do catch a lot of dust.

-- I still love you baby, but I sure don't want you back. Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown

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#8 posted 10-15-2020 06:11 PM

Okay, andybody have preferences of the higher output WEN vs the Jet air cleaner that I see in Woodcraft and other places? Cost of replacement filters, noise when running, other considerations between the 2?

-- Mike from Lansdowne, PA

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#9 posted 10-15-2020 11:14 PM

Comparing Wen 3415 ($338 on Amazon) vs Jet 708620BAFS ($399 on Amazon). If there the same 556, 702 and 1044 cfm and 63 to 68 db level, I’d go with the Wen. Most likely made by the same manufacture. And your not paying extra for the Jet label.

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#10 posted 10-19-2020 07:45 PM

I have a JET AFS-1000B that bought maybe 15 or so years ago. It does a good job, but has started to exhibit a problem. It will just cut off for no reason – seemingly. It will run for a random amount of time and then shut off. I skip the timed run setup and just turn it on. I suspect that there may be a bad capacitor on the control board. I think I might take it apart and see what I can find. Just thought I’d mention in case you’re looking at used units.

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#11 posted 10-19-2020 11:42 PM

Thanks for the input guys!

-- Mike from Lansdowne, PA

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#12 posted 10-19-2020 11:54 PM

Yeah like WoodenDreams said Jet and Wen probably the same just different paint and names. I went with WEN and have no complaints and a few dollars left in my pocket.

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#13 posted 10-20-2020 10:00 PM

I have one WEN in my small garage shop. I know it’s doing something because I have to blow out the filter now and then and Man!.... is it filled with fine dust.
My plan originally was to add a second unit later but I never did.
I would add one and see how that works out and if you feel you need another one then by all means.
I have not had any issues with the machine to date.

-- A bad day woodworking is still better than a good day working.

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