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Offline linnlp12

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SuperMax Tools Air Filtration Unit
« on: January 29, 2017, 10:25 PM »
I just picked one of these up.  There is very little written on these units so I thought I would write a short blurb.  I looked for a long time at Jet and this unit.  The jet had very high reviews so I was on the fence
The  SuperMax Tool unit, in my opinion seemed looked like a great deal of care was taken on appearance and finish.  I decided to go for this unit.  It came packed in a fully enclosed  styrofoam clamshell  in the case.  To further unpack it, the two filters are removed to remove the additional styrofoam blocks on the top and bottom of the motor and fan unit.  This air cleaner is very quiet right out of the box in my subjective opinion.  I can't judge cleaning but very impressed with fit and finish, as well as noise levels compared to other models I looked at.  It is at ground level now, will be ceiling mounted tomorrow.  Any issues with mounting I will update this post.
There is not much to write about these units when they run like they are supposed to out of the box. Hope this is helpful to anyone considering it.

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Offline leakyroof

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Re: SuperMax Tools Air Filtration Unit
« Reply #1 on: January 30, 2017, 01:16 PM »
Any pictures?  I have an older JDS that has zero issues, but it's nice to learn about other units since the Air Filter market is often forgotten about while someone concentrates on their main Dust Collection and not air cleaners for their shop.
 Update- I looked into the SuperMax and found pictures of it- with the filter gauge on the side, kind of looks like unit Delta used to have, or maybe still does.  Nice specs, seems like a quiet rating level too once running.  Very cool, hope it works out for you.  [thumbs up]
« Last Edit: January 30, 2017, 01:38 PM by leakyroof »
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Online Huxleywood

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Re: SuperMax Tools Air Filtration Unit
« Reply #2 on: January 31, 2017, 12:50 AM »
The problem with most of not all of these ambient air filters is the filter is only 1 micron.  I think this is a much better choice:

http://billpentz.com/woodworking/cyclone/air_cleaner.cfm

The axial fans are pretty cheap on Amazon, add a Wynn filter and some prefilter (either wrapped around the Wynn or a frame with furnace filters) and you have a much more effective filter.  Easy enough to add a timer switch (like used for heat lamps in the bathroom) that has 2-4-6-8 hour run times (find them on Zoro et al) and if you want a remote you can easily do that too.  It ends up costing about the same money, costs much less in the long run and filters lots more of the nasty stuff than the pre-built woodworking ambient filters. 

Offline leakyroof

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Re: SuperMax Tools Air Filtration Unit
« Reply #3 on: January 31, 2017, 08:39 AM »
The problem with most of not all of these ambient air filters is the filter is only 1 micron.  I think this is a much better choice:

http://billpentz.com/woodworking/cyclone/air_cleaner.cfm

The axial fans are pretty cheap on Amazon, add a Wynn filter and some prefilter (either wrapped around the Wynn or a frame with furnace filters) and you have a much more effective filter.  Easy enough to add a timer switch (like used for heat lamps in the bathroom) that has 2-4-6-8 hour run times (find them on Zoro et al) and if you want a remote you can easily do that too.  It ends up costing about the same money, costs much less in the long run and filters lots more of the nasty stuff than the pre-built woodworking ambient filters.
  The Air cleaners in this post are an addition to someone's main DC. The cyclone/Bill Pentz threads have been discussed at length in various woodworking forums but are not add-on air cleaners like the OPs.
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Offline linnlp12

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Re: SuperMax Tools Air Filtration Unit
« Reply #4 on: January 31, 2017, 09:06 AM »
Yes, I have a separate Powermatic dust collector.  I have a small basement workshop with very limited space.  Since I am retired, I got a strong friend to help me mount it.  I attached a picture, will be improving my mount and location in a few weeks.

Offline RKA

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Re: SuperMax Tools Air Filtration Unit
« Reply #5 on: January 31, 2017, 10:13 AM »
The problem with most of not all of these ambient air filters is the filter is only 1 micron.  I think this is a much better choice:

http://billpentz.com/woodworking/cyclone/air_cleaner.cfm

The axial fans are pretty cheap on Amazon, add a Wynn filter and some prefilter (either wrapped around the Wynn or a frame with furnace filters) and you have a much more effective filter.  Easy enough to add a timer switch (like used for heat lamps in the bathroom) that has 2-4-6-8 hour run times (find them on Zoro et al) and if you want a remote you can easily do that too.  It ends up costing about the same money, costs much less in the long run and filters lots more of the nasty stuff than the pre-built woodworking ambient filters.
  The Air cleaners in this post are an addition to someone's main DC. The cyclone/Bill Pentz threads have been discussed at length in various woodworking forums but are not add-on air cleaners like the OPs.

That link is not regarding the cyclone units, it's regarding a DIY air cleaner.  Very useful actually.
-Raj

Offline leakyroof

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Re: SuperMax Tools Air Filtration Unit
« Reply #6 on: January 31, 2017, 01:39 PM »
The problem with most of not all of these ambient air filters is the filter is only 1 micron.  I think this is a much better choice:

http://billpentz.com/woodworking/cyclone/air_cleaner.cfm

The axial fans are pretty cheap on Amazon, add a Wynn filter and some prefilter (either wrapped around the Wynn or a frame with furnace filters) and you have a much more effective filter.  Easy enough to add a timer switch (like used for heat lamps in the bathroom) that has 2-4-6-8 hour run times (find them on Zoro et al) and if you want a remote you can easily do that too.  It ends up costing about the same money, costs much less in the long run and filters lots more of the nasty stuff than the pre-built woodworking ambient filters.
  The Air cleaners in this post are an addition to someone's main DC. The cyclone/Bill Pentz threads have been discussed at length in various woodworking forums but are not add-on air cleaners like the OPs.

That link is not regarding the cyclone units, it's regarding a DIY air cleaner.  Very useful actually.
  I saw that, which is why I said Cyclone/Bill Pentz thread. Perhaps I should have shortened it to Bill Pentz. I and others feel that Cyclone could be his middle name.....
 His health troubles and his quests to help relieve his issues are all over the internet. His battles with companies are also well known. Not passing any judgement on any of that either.  However, none of it is what the OP asked about, which is, his SuperMax Air Cleaner unit.
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Online Huxleywood

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Re: SuperMax Tools Air Filtration Unit
« Reply #7 on: January 31, 2017, 01:47 PM »
The problem with most of not all of these ambient air filters is the filter is only 1 micron.  I think this is a much better choice:

http://billpentz.com/woodworking/cyclone/air_cleaner.cfm

The axial fans are pretty cheap on Amazon, add a Wynn filter and some prefilter (either wrapped around the Wynn or a frame with furnace filters) and you have a much more effective filter.  Easy enough to add a timer switch (like used for heat lamps in the bathroom) that has 2-4-6-8 hour run times (find them on Zoro et al) and if you want a remote you can easily do that too.  It ends up costing about the same money, costs much less in the long run and filters lots more of the nasty stuff than the pre-built woodworking ambient filters.
  The Air cleaners in this post are an addition to someone's main DC. The cyclone/Bill Pentz threads have been discussed at length in various woodworking forums but are not add-on air cleaners like the OPs.

I knew what was being discussed "ambient air filters".  The issues with the commercial ones sold to hobbyists is lack of filter area and most importantly the 1 micron rating this leave much of the really dangerous dust untouched.  For about the same price you can build a much more effective filter that will save money in the long run when you look at the cost of the replacement filters for the commercial versions.