Laguna P|Flux 1.5hp HEPA Cyclone Dust Collector
The p|flux:1 offers ''smart'' technology, power and a HEPA filter that removes all but the very smallest dust particles. The horizontal chute maximizes airflow and improves the volume of air moved (measured in cubic feet per minute, or CFM), allowing the 1.5hp, 115v motor to deliver as much as 1,314 CFM. The HEPA filter removes 99.2% of particles down to .4 micron in size, and internal sensors trigger LED indicators when the 32-gal. drum is full and when the filter needs cleaning. Swing-away doors offer easy access to the filter, and the doors are lined with acoustic foam to reduce noise. The unit comes with a high-frequency remote control.
An ingenious lift system raises the drum into position, and a connector on the back of the drum automatically hooks up to a pipe in the cyclone to create low pressure in bottom of the drum; this holds down the plastic bag to prevent its being sucked up into the cone during use. If the p|flux is used without a bag, the system can be shut off. The drum lowers easily onto its wheels for emptying.
- There is an additional $75.00 shipping charge for this item.
- Ships directly from the manufacturer.
- Must be shipped within 48 Contiguous United States.
- Estimated Delivery time: 7-14 business days.
- The carrier will need to know if delivery is to a residential address. There is no additional charge for this.
- The delivery truck will need a lift gate if a loading dock is not available. There is no additional charge for this.
- Items shipped by truck are to be delivered to curbside only.
- 25% restocking fee on all returned merchandise.
- Please call customer service before returning product.
|Manufacturer Part Number||mdcpf15110|
The unit arrived on a pallet in a large carton and was packed very well. It came a bit more assembled than I anticipated, so I actually had to do some disassembly first to get all the parts downstairs. Once I removed the motor and HEPA filter, the main assembly was light enough for myself and another person to carry down the stairs. The assembly took me two evenings by myself. I didn't bother with the instructions that came with the unit but, as other reviewers suggested, followed along with the Laguna assembly video instead. There were only slight differences in the video between the model they assembled (2 hp I think) and this model but it didn't cause me any issues. Because the unit did come more assembled than even the video shows, some of the steps in the video were already completed. I wouldn't fast forward through them though, in case you miss a step that does apply.
I had to run a new 30 A circuit from the panel for this, based on the recommendation in the specs. It does not come with a plug, so I got a 30 A locking plug. Having that in advance of assembly was helpful in avoiding the last minute frustration of needing to go to the store before being able to plug it in and turn it on.
When I turned it on attached to a flex hose just to make sure it worked (since I had taken the motor off and put it back on), I nearly ran away! This thing is definitely loud, even with the sound dampening foam in the doors. I think as another reviewer mentioned, the noise is definitely worth it though. This unit does an amazing job. Once I had the ductwork run, it actually pulled small cutoff pieces that had been trapped beneath the throat plate on the bandsaw from 30 feet away. I have two main runs coming from mine, one 6 inch and one 5 inch (used a 45* 6x6x5 wye at the collector inlet) and a blast gate at each tool. I designed the whole system based on what I learned from Woodshop Dust Control by Sandor Nagyszalanczy which probably helped, but since my previous single stage collector was less powerful and I had done some things wrong with the previous ductwork, I don't know how much of the improved performance stems from the new collector and how much from the new ductwork setup. I think even with poorly designed ductwork, this unit would still probably perform well in a small shop.
I've had the unit for about 2 weeks and haven't filled the drum yet so I have yet to see the drum LED come on. I also haven't seen the HEPA filter cleaning light come on so I don't know how well either of those sensing functions work yet. I have looked in the little window beneath the HEPA filter, and there is very little in there so the cyclone/separation into the drum seems to work very well. I know this was an issue with the bigger P|Flux Models, but it doesn't seem to be a problem with this one at all.
Time will tell, but I have yet to find anything about this machine that I don't like. I was a little concerned that dropping and lifting the drum would cause the whole unit to roll (no brakes on the wheels) and pull on the ductwork, but I put some shims next to each wheel to serve as chocks just in case and haven't had a problem with it. The price is hard to swallow, but now that it's all said and done I have no regrets!
1 month ago
1 year ago
Assembly is difficult, as some of the other reviewers mentioned. I watched the 46 minute assembly video twice, and I still got confused at a couple of points. This was made worse by two issues from the manufacturer, both related to the drum-lifting mechanism. The lifting arms arrive from the company already attached to the spring-loaded mechanism, and on my tool the right-side arm was installed backwards. No big deal, once I realized what the issue was I just flipped it over and re-attached it. The second issue, and the more irritating of the two, was that the included shoulder bolts which secure the lifting bracket to the drum lift handle were too long, such that they failed to clear either the drum itself or the side panel of the machine, depending on orientation of the bolt head-out or head-in, respectively. This is the bolt depicted at 27:20 in the assembly video. Rather than call the manufacturer I took the bolt to the local hardware store and bought two equivalents, shorter than the OEM bolts by 0.25". They work fine at the cost of only half an hour and 94 cents out of pocket. I probably could have just cut 0.25" off of the OEM bolts with a hack saw, but I didn't think of it at the time. Total time for assembly was about 5 hours, plus the drive to the hardware store.
Performance: I can't quantify the airflow or static pressure or anything, but I can say that it works well for the way in which I use the tool. I use the system with the included adapter which allows two, 4" collection hoses to be attached at the same time. I put blast gates on both, and ran one 8' hose from the blast gate to my table saw, while to the other blast gate I attached the 4'->28' Dust Rite flex hose for general shop cleanup. Either application works quite well by itself, but having both blast gates open at the same time doesn't work very well. I have a Sawstop contractor saw, and with dust collector running I observe a significant improvement in dust collection when ripping or cutting a dado especially.
I haven't quantified the collection efficiency of the cyclone, but I can say that after collecting about a drum full of sawdust (and I do mean sawdust, I don't have a planer or a jointer), I can't see any dust on the inside of the HEPA filter when I look in there from underneath. Conservatively the cyclone has to separate >99% of the dust by weight, just based on the amount of dust in the collection drum. Overall I'd recommend it over similar 110V separators. Happy woodworking!
1 year ago
over 2 years ago