Well over half of the emails sent to me are on the subject of tools. I have no objections to responding to them but I thought it would be beneficial to start a video library of sorts to briefly touch on what I think of a particular tool or set of tools. These won’t be in depth tool reviews as I know very few people are interested in that kind of thing and I really don’t want to go over all the details. Instead I’ll just focus on the things I like about the tool, things I don’t like about the tool, and would I buy it again. I have a huge list of “episodes” that can be made and plan on releasing one per week. Hopefully this will be helpful to some people.
Grizzly G0703p Cyclone Dust Collector
Specifications found here: https://www.grizzly.com/products/1-1-2-HP-Cyclone-Dust-Collector-Polar-Bear-Series/G0703P
I purchased mine in October 2014 for $830.95 including freight and liftgate service.
What I like:
- Relatively small package for a mobile cyclone dust collector with canister filter.
- It’s on decent casters which makes mobility great.
- I haven’t measured with any tools but from interacting with it it feels like it has a lot more suction than my previous Harbor Freight dust collector. The Harbor Freight dust collector is rated at a higher HP number for the motor as well as a higher CFM rating. Both units run of standard 120v receptacles.
- It has a built in remote start system with a timer. I think this is great but there’s a small catch. My remote needs to be pointed somewhat directly toward the unit which sometimes has me moving it around in the air to get a contact with the machine. Not a deal breaker though. I still give the built in remote system a thumbs up.
- The cyclone can be unbolted and rotated in the assembly to point the intake in a direction that better suits your shop. I’ve already moved mine twice for two different positions I’ve had it in the shop. That’s a handy option to have.
- It’s easy to see when the can is full because the connecting hose between the cyclone and the can is relatively clear. Emptying the bag in the can is a pretty quick process as well.
- Assembly was really easy.
What I don’t like:
- After first putting the machine together the filter emitted a really strong “manufacturing” smell that bothered my throat. I know this has nothing to do with sawdust as I noticed it right away the first time I turned the machine when no hoses or tools were attached to it. The smell continued for a couple months and has since gone away.
Would I buy the Grizzly G0703p cyclone dust collector again?
The machine does everything I need it to do. You can honestly build your own custom version of this setup for less money but at the time, and even now, I had no desire to do so. This is a turn-key setup that simply works. The filter smell was a little annoying but it has since gone away. I would like to get a better filter for it down the road but in the meantime I’m satisfied with it the way it is. Yes, I would buy it again if I had to do it over.