We're all glad you like your Laguna dust collector - but Torbin hasn't magically developed on his first try what others have spent lifetimes working on.
He's a fabulous marketer, and sells some nice products. But a better mousetrap designer ? Come on, no ones even invented a better one of those in what, 50 years ?
But, you're certainly free to disagree -
Oh brother, here we go again. You guys are being obtuse dumb-asses. I never said it was a better mousetrap. Do you really think Torbin did the designing and tweaking all by himself? What if it is just a cosmetic change from last years model?
~ I own the machine. You do not.
~ I have used the machine. You have not.
~ I have compared the results using the same jointer/planer to a Clear Vue and an Oneida. You have not.
There is no discernible difference. Any difference not seen is irrelevant if you are using a dust mask and air filter.
Two points that seem to get lost:
1. The separation is good enough (see number 2). It seems to be no different than the results friends get from their Oneida and Clear View dust collectors. We have compared the results. Does not matter if the sub-micron particles are not captured or if the filter clogs faster, etc...
2. An air cleaner is the proper tool to clean the air of sub-micron dust. Not a glorified vacuum cleaner.
From Rockler: "The fact is, much of the dust created in a woodshop never enters your dust collection system at all. In spite of your best efforts to set up an efficient, powerful dust collection system, some amount of the fine dust created by the tools it services will always escape into the air in your shop. Dust created by hand-held sanders, for example, is among the finest dust created in the shop and is extremely difficult to completely capture.
Over time, the fine dust problem multiplies. The fine dust particles missed by your dust collection system remain in your shop, ready to be stirred into a dust cloud by the slightest movement of air; you'll add to the problem every time you use your shop.
The answer is air filtration."