The Laguna Mobile Cyclone Dust Collector offers the benefits of a cyclone and the portability needed for workshops of all sizes. The cyclone collection unit allows the wood particles and dust to be separated from the air stream before going to the pleated cartridge filter. This provides superior dust collection and air filtration so that the wood particles do not pass through the efficient fan unit.
Dust is collected in an 18 gallon metal collection drum which features quick release and separate wheels for quick and easy emptying. Manual filter cleaning insures that the pleated filter is always ready for the next use of the machine and remains in top shape. Industrial casters allow this machine to move easily around your shop. This machine is also very quiet, protecting your ears as well as your lungs.
- Motor: 1.5 HP TEFC 110V 60Hz 1 Phase
- 30 Amp breaker
- Filter: Spun-bond polyester - Filters 99.9% of particles to 1 micron
- Cleaning System - Hand crank
- Suction: 1200 CFM - 8.5" Static pressure
- Inlet: 6" inlet - 2 x 4" splitter included
- Drum Capacity: 18 Gallon on wheels with quick release
- Mobility - Entire unit on swiveling wheels
- Sound rating: 75dB
- Footprint: 24" x 32" x 66"
- Weight: 121 lb.
- Direct Ship Item -- Shipped directly from manufacturer.
- Must be shipped within 48 Contiguous United States.
- Estimated Delivery time: 7-10 business days.
- 25% restocking fee on all returned merchandise.
- Please call customer service before returning product.
|Manufacturer Part Number||MCYC1.5MOBMC-110V|
|Sound Rating||75 dB|
|Flow Rate||1200 CFM|
(1) Laguna Mobile Cyclone 1.5 HP Dust Collector
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The Laguna 1.5 HP Cyclone Really Sucks! A Good thing.Posted December 7, 2013
First of all, after reading thru the CAVEATS and parts list, on page 8 it says to place the Main Housing on top of the cone. The cone has high-density foam on the seal edge. I felt that if I placed the heavy Main Housing (which is the motor, fan and upper housing, weighing about 60 pounds) on top of the high density foam and slide it around to center it, it might damage the foam, which is needed for a good seal. (I will get to the solution to that in a moment.) Next, it says on page 9 that the Main Housing is heavy and to use at least 2 people when lifting it. True it is heavy, but I didn't have any heavy-lifters around to help, so I had to think outside the box. Instead, I emptied the box of all the components and lifted the box up on its side with the motor housing on the bottom. I place a large rubber mat (like the work mats most of us use in our shops) beside the box and carefully rolled the housing out of the box and on top of the rubber mat. Then, carefully rolled the Main Housing upside down, sitting on the motor. At this point you can easily place the Cone on top of it and secure the cone clamp. However, you want to pay attention to the pictures in the manual so you have the flanges that protrude out from the cone on each side facing in the correct direction. (They are flat on one side. That flat side must end up facing in the same direction as the inlet duct, which is the lower of the two ducts on the Main Housing - except that the unit is currently upside down, so it is the upper of the two ducts. If you get this wrong, no problem, you can later loosen the cone clamp and rotate the cone 180-degrees.)
Once you have the cone firmly attached to the Main Housing, carefully lay the unit on its side, so it doesn't fall over (because it is now quite top-heavy.) Now, if you have not already done so (the instructions have you do this first) assemble the base (with wheels attached) to the left and right side supports. At this point the book says to get 1-2 other people and lift the heavy Main Housing and cone up in the air and hold it while someone inserts 6 bolts to attach it to the base. Whew! I got tired just saying that. Forget that! I am just one person, weighing 165-pounds. Instead, with the Main Housing/Cone still laying on its side, roll it laterally until you can lay the base and sides (on its side) in perfect position, and then attach the 6 bolts. In this manner, no heavy lifting required. Piece of cake. Just tighten those 6 bolts snug because we will have to adjust the unit later, after we attach the canister.
Now that the main parts of the unit are assembled, it is time to set it up on the casters. I was easily able to do this by myself, but it is best if you can place a board or something firmly on the floor to keep the first two wheels from sliding away from you just at the point where you have lifted it about 60-degrees up. Once the unit is vertical, it is still a little top heavy because the counter-weight of the canister is not yet installed. So keep that in mind.
Now attach the canister to the mount using the 4 bolts provided. Then the black bar that goes laterally between the left and right side supports. Once the black bar is in place you can attach it to the canister. This part is the reason we did not firmly torque down on the 6 bolts earlier. In fact, you may have to loosen the 6 bolts just a little bit now in order for the main unit to move slightly away so the canister can touch the black bar. Once the canister is firmly attached to the black bar via the two bolts provided, you can firmly tighten the 6 bolts that hold the main housing on the left/right sides.
Now the heavy work is done and it is time for the finesse part. The instructions don't tell you to do this, but there are two packages (clear plastic envelopes) with foam strips. One has one long strip (that goes around the bottom of the canister, where the clear plastic bag is attached. The other package has 4 shorter strips of high-density foam. One for each of the 6" diameter inlets, one for the bottom of the vortex and one for the top of the18-gallon collection drum. The two 6-inch inlets can be a little pesky. After installing the high-density foam, I put the hose on. It is a tight enough fit (even without the foam) but with the foam it is quite tight. (Believe me, it has to be with 1200CFM of air pushing those very fine dust particles thru them). I got a pair of needle-nose vice grips and carefully gripped the wire inside the 6-inch hose, and making very small moves as I went around the duct, I was able to eventually get them on completely. I put the hose on top of the canister first, which seemed to be easiest, but I suppose you could connect them in any sequence.
The rest of the installation is straightforward. After I completed everything I plugged it in to a 20-amp 110VAC power source and turned it on. Ah, it really is pretty quiet, at only 75 dB. My Contractor model ShopVac was selected a couple of years ago because it was the quietest of all the small dust collectors I examined. The Laguna is quieter than my ShopVac!
Now for testing: I was comparing the dust separation (vortex) performance of the Laguna with a ShopVac hooked to an Oneida Dust Deputy. (A nice setup, but not enough CFM for either an 8" jointer, band saw, 16/32 Drum Sander or my router table - even one at a time, although it does a fair job with the router table and Drum Sander.) The ShopVac has an airflow of only 190 CFM, but a suction of 59-inches of water. That arrangement pulls through a 2.5" hose. This I compared to the Laguna 1200 CFM at 8.5-inches pulling thru a 4-inch hose. This is certainly NOT an apples to apples comparison, but I wanted to know about vortex performance.
I vacuumed about 5-gallons of dust with the Laguna. Then the fine dust that bypassed the drum and ended up going down through the 1-micron filter into the collector bag was emptied and measured. Afterward I took that small amount of fine dust and vacuumed it with the ShopVac/Dust Deputy to see if any of it ended up in the dust separator. As it turned out, all of the fine dust by-passed the Dust Deputy separator and ended up in the ShopVac filter, telling me empirically that the Laguna vortex worked just as well as the ShopVac/Dust Deputy, and with enough CFM to pull all the dust from any of my power tools.
One thing I did notice after the test was a bit of fine dust on the top housing of the canister. In spite of the foam between the metal flange and the 6" flexible hose, the very fine (like cooking flour) dust pushed through. This is an important problem to correct because this fine dust was being pushed out into the air of my shop. I purchased some clear silicone caulking and (after cleaning the dust away) carefully coated the offending area and let it cure for a day. After another test with fine dust I determined the problem was solved.
In summary I have to say I am impressed with the Laguna 1.5 HP Cyclone Dust Collector. I purchased their 15" SUV band saw about a year ago so this is my 2nd Laguna tool. I have been very pleased with it. Customer support at Laguna is outstanding.