Tool review: Grizzly G0860 dust collector
Anissa Kapsales takes a look at this dust collector for a small shop.
The Grizzly G0860, a 1-1⁄2-hp portable cyclone dust collector, packs a serious punch. It’s a small unit that can handle two large machines at the same time. It has a super handy 20-gal. collection drum with quick-release handle catches for heavier, bigger material. And its pleated 1-micron filter catches finer dust. The unit proved so good I bought one for myself.
This dust collector is perfect for my small one-person shop. For starters, I was able to assemble it alone, with the exception of the large and heavy motor assembly. I needed five minutes of help from a friend to lift it, set it on the support legs, and secure it in place. The manual says you’ll need two others, but we made it work.
My shop is 20 ft. by 24 ft. This machine takes up just under 8-1⁄2 sq. ft. of floor space and has radically improved the air quality. I move the hose from machine to machine—tablesaw, jointer, planer, bandsaw—and it has worked well on all of them. One of my favorite features is the collection drum. Its bag is easy to carry and dispose of in my weekly trash, but the quick-release and sealing system means the whole process is no longer a dreaded task. It takes about three minutes, two of them to walk to the trash and empty the bag and walk back. The filter portion has a built-in handle that cleans the filter, dropping the dust into a collection bag that is just as easy to empty.
—Anissa Kapsales is an associate editor.
Photos: Helena Molitoris
From Fine Woodworking #287