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Posted by Vince W on 19th Nov 2013
Have had this unit for 7 months now and figured I would do a review. I compared this up against the General Int, and the King Canada version. The CX and General had the same/simialr fit and finish, both well made. The King looked pretty cheap and the CFM rating was lower as well. Decided on the CX as it came with a 3 year warranty as well as the extra easy on dust bags as a bonus (which are great by the way). Overall this unit has exceeded my expectations and had handled me every time im in the shop. Strong power, not that loud and moves well around the shop when i need to. Good investment as I was using a shop vac prior to this.
Posted by Unknown on 21st Nov 2012
I bought this unit a few months ago, so far it has served me well as i'm only hooking it up to one machine at a time.
a few problems :
1) I cut indoors and after i'm done running a machine i can feel the saw dust in the air. I suppose this because the filter bag that is supplied doesn't seem to do a good job of filtering the finer dust. I discovered that i could purchase better filter canister but for the price of the additional filter i suggest you step towards a cyclone collector.
2) I'm having the same problem as Cecil where the metal straps don't seal perfectly.
Overal: I wouldn't buy this unit again. I'd considering sourcing my own parts and putting something custom together. I highly suggest anyone looking into buying a dust collector to first read Bill Pentz website on fine dust collection. I learned alot. Unfortunately it was after i had bought this unit and the disappointment led me to find explanations and solutions.
Posted by Cecil L on 27th Jun 2012
Been using this for a couple months now. I only have it hooked up to one tool at a time, so it does what it's supposed to do. I liked the fit and finish of the CX404 much more than the CT053, as well as the claimed increase in CFM.
There are a couple minor issues - the metal straps on the bags and the filter don't seal perfectly, and so I see dust shooting out of the tiny gaps, especially near where the straps' clamp mechanism is. Perhaps some weatherstripping can fix this.