Tool Review: Laguna B-Flux Dust Collector

Tool Review: Laguna B-Flux Dust Collector
Reece
laguna b-flux

I recently had to replace my old, loud, and inefficient harbor freight dust collector after a few years of use. I didn’t have a huge budget for one but also wanted something that would be a bit higher quality. After some looking around and talking with the guys at my local Woodcraft store, I pulled the trigger on the Laguna B-Flux. It checked most of my boxes.

Likes

My old dust collector was fairly loud. I needed to wear ear protection when I ran it. The B-Flux on the other hand, I can stand next to it and have a conversation. It’s rated at 76 dB (at 9.8ft), so you should still wear ear protection. When I first turned it on while connected to my Laguna bandsaw, I could hear (and see) it just cleaning it out. Apparently, my old dust collector left a lot to be desired (and a lot of sawdust behind).

With a 1-micron filter attached to it, the B-Flux is pretty good at keeping the air cleaner. My old dust collector basically had a cheap cloth bag attached to it that worked for collection and filtering. I like how it has the knob at the top of it too to quickly clean the filter and not making a mess in doing so. They say to do one turn with each use to help keep it clean.

Improvements

The B-Flux is only a single stage dust collector. Meaning it just blows everything into the disposable bag that’s attached to it. I wanted a two-stage dust collector, but anything from the factory as a two-stage was a lot more expensive. With the second stage, it collects the larger chips and dust in a can that’s easy to empty that lies between the tool and the dust collector. The finer dust moves on into the dust collectors bag. To add my second stage, I got a special cyclone lid from Woodcraft and a metal trashcan from the local big box store. To keep it mobile I placed the can on a quick and dirty mobile cart.

laguna bflux 2 stage

Quick Stats

Some quick stats for the dust collector from Laguna’s website. More info can be found here.

  • Motor HP: 1
  • Electrical: Single Phase 110v
  • Amps: 8.4
  • Recommended Breaker: 15 Amps
  • Inlet CFM: 650
  • Inlet Size: 4″ Standard
  • Decibel Rating: 76 d B(A) (@9.8ft)

Links

B Flux Dust Collector

Second Stage Addon

Questions

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