Delta 1-1/2 HP Portable Cyclone Dust Collector Preview

New Delta® Portable Cyclone Dust Collector Features Powerful Dust Collection with Unique Chip Barrel System

Anderson, SC, January 31, 2012DELTA® Power Equipment Corporation, a designer and manufacturer of benchtop and stationary woodworking machinery and dust management systems, is introducing a new 1-1/2 HP Portable Cyclone Dust Collector, Model 50-905 with state-of-the-art performance and a unique, convenient Chip Barrel System.

The new DELTA® Cyclone Dust Collector has a powerful 1-1/2 HP, 240V, 1 phase motor that produces 10 inches of static pressure with 810 CFM restricted and 1,638 CFM unrestricted (120V control box conversion kit, Model 50-907, is also available).

It is designed with cyclonic action to separate and force large particles into the chip barrel (32 gallon capacity) while small dust particles are trapped in the 1 micron canister filter and lower bag. The unique and convenient chip barrel system simplifies the emptying of the bag and repositioning the barrel with a leak free seal. The large bail-type handle lifts the barrel into position for operation – no tools required – and drops it for easy access and bag disposal.

The top filter cleaner crank rotates to knock down particles into the bag as they build up on the inside of the canister, prolonging canister life and efficiency. The user can connect up to two machines with the two 4-inch dust ports or remove the manifold to use as one 6-inch dust port to connect to a central dust collection system.

It comes with a remote control (batteries not included) which offers convenience for on/off and timer programming. The timer settings go from 1 hour to 15 hours, allowing the user to set the unit with confidence that, while away, the unit will clean the air in the shop and then turn itself off.

One new accessory that woodworkers will want is the Model 50-906 Dust Collector Floor Sweep Attachment so you don’t have to pull out a shop vac to clean your shop floors. Other available accessories include: 50-736 three-pack of dust bags for canister; 50-737 three-pack of chip bags for barrel; and 50-738 canister filter.

The new DELTA® 1-1/2 Portable Cyclone Dust Collector, Model 50-905, comes with a barrel, two dust port covers, one canister filter, two plastic dust bags, three plastic chip bags and four locking wheels.

It has a suggested retail price of $1299.99 and is backed by a Five-Year Warranty. For more information, customers can visit or write to

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Todd Fratzel

Todd Fratzel is the Editor-in-Chief and Founder of Tool Box Buzz, and the President of Front Steps Media, LLC, a web based media company focused on the Home Improvement and Construction Industry.He is also the Principal Engineer for United Construction Corp., located in Newport, NH. In his capacity at United he oversees the Residential and Commercial Building Division along with all Design-Build projects.He is also the editor of Home Construction & Improvement.

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  1. jeff_williams

    I’m trying to wrap my head around something that would need 4″ dust collection and still be portable.

    1. Todd Fratzel

      Actually it’s not that uncommon for people who have their shop set up in a garage. They could have a table saw on wheels which really does need a 4″ hose to work effectively. If you look around the industry you’ll see several of these types out there, most notably JET just released something similar.

      My huge 3HP Delta Collector is on wheels too which lets me roll it out of the way a bit to clean.

    2. How portable? They sell job-site dust collectors

  2. Charlie Lenz

    When they say portable, they mean you wheel the dust collector from machine to machine, not across town. Portable DC’s are for people like myself that don’t have the funds or the need to plumb in a stationary Dust Collecton system with ducting. I’m going to assume that what Rob is calling a Jobsite Dust Collector, is really just a shop vac. Anyway, what I’m useing in my Garage/woodshop for a portable dust collector is much more affordable then the new Delta 50-905, and it probably works just as well. Plus I think that it even looks pretty good.

    1. Todd Fratzel

      Charlie – Great clarifications. What are you using in your shop. There are certainly cheaper alternatives and also systems that are far simpler. However, I’m a huge fan of having sufficient static pressure and volume. The Delta unit certainly can deliver lots of power in a platform that’s easy to move around the shop.

  3. Hello Todd, I’m useing a Delta 50-760 Dust Collector which is 1 1/2 hp also and comes with a 1 micron felt bag, the same filtering as the 50-905, 1 micron. I added an onboard dust Separator that I designed and built useing a Thien baffle inside. It all works very well, and in my opinion it’s the best bang for the buck in a portable dust collector.

  4. I should probably explain how the Thien baffle works so you have an understanding about how efficient that it is. The baffle goes below the inlet of the Separator, and what it does is slows the air movement below the baffle, so the dust that falls below the baffle doesn’t get stired up and settles there. I surface planed a bunch of 2″ x 8″s for a garden arbor one afternoon, and the dust filled the separator right up to the bottom side of the baffle before anything started to bypass the Separator. JET I think basically stole Mr Thien’s concept and gave the baffle a different design to get away with it on their Vortex series Dust Collectors, but they installed their baffle inside the Dust Collector bag ring, which inturn is suppose to keep the top filter cleaner. Myself I would rather use a Separator and capture the dust and whatever foreign debri before it gets to the impeller. I also think that Mr Thien’s baffle is more efficient then the JET cone shaped baffle.

    1. Todd Fratzel

      Thanks for sharing! I have to agree, if you can remove particles (particularly large ones) prior to the impeller you’re better off. I’m using a Delta 50-763 in a more permanent setup. So far it’s working very well but I can see the need to separate larger particles before the impeller.

  5. Todd, if you don’t mind me suggesting that if you have the space in your shop I would highly recommend that you put a Separator up there, especially for your heavy chip producing machines. Also since your DC is in a different room, are you geting make up air somewhere in the shop ? I would also find a way to come off your DC with an 8″ trunk. Dust collection has become very important to me in the last few years and I’ve spent alot of time on it. Not only do I use a DC, I have the same air unit as you do, but sometimes I will also use a box fan with a furnace filter very close to where I’m working, and if I’m doing something really dusty such as sanding, then a good dust mask is also used.

    1. Todd Fratzel

      My system is new, I figured I’d try it like this, see how it goes, if it becomes an issue I’ll likely add a separator as well. I get a tremendous amount of make up air from down below in the garage. Right now I’m running a 8″ trunk line from the collector up to the shop, then 4″ branch lines. So far I’m getting great suction even with 2 or 3 gates open.

  6. Anyway, back to what I was geting at with your original post. The Delta 50-905 is selling for about $1300. The Delta 50-760 sells for about $400. Both have 1 1/2 hp motors, and 1 micron filtration. A $900 difference is quite a bit considering what your geting. You could pay up to $250 for a Separator to add to the 50-760 and still only be paying half of what the 50-905 sells for and not be gaining much, if anything. Thats $650 in your pocket for another machine. But who cares right ?

    1. Todd Fratzel

      I completely see your point. I think it comes down to convenience, some people want to make one purchase, some want to do their own thing. I appreciate you sharing your insights with our readers.

  7. ( some people want to make one purchase, some want to do their own thing ) Yeah, well as far as I’m concerned, you can delete everything I posted, I won’t be back. I’ve had enough.

    1. Todd Fratzel

      Charlie – Why would you say that? I’ve actually enjoyed what you’ve shared. Really is too bad that you somehow feel as though that’s not the case.

  8. I get the feeling that you don’t think much of what I’ve done with the 50-760, which in my opinion is the nicest 50-760 out there, and is the best bang for the buck in a 1 1/2 hp portable Dust Collector that I know of. The new Delta 50-905 is nothing new, JDS has been makeing that style of DC for quite a few years, and it is expensive also. A shop full of expensive machinery does not turn people into instant artisans. I’ve been a woodworker for about 30 years.

    1. Todd Fratzel

      Charlie – I’m very sorry you feel that way. My feelings are quite the opposite, I’m very impressed. I was trying to point out that many people are lazy and don’t want to build a custom system. I am very happy to have the input as we can all learn things especially from veterans like yourself.

      I love seeing setups like yours. I spent hours and hours researching dust collection, remote controlling, etc before building my system. It’s a complicated issue so I think it’s great you’re sharing your experience.

  9. It’s really not as complicated as some people make it out to be. It’s a woodshop, there is going to be dust. Some machines it is next to impossible to get it all, and dust collectors are not air filtration machines. The finer the filter, the sooner it clogs and deteriorates CFM.

  10. In all honesty I’ve been without work for awhile, and now there is a guy that is trying to take credit on YouTube for the table saw dust hood that I designed. I’m not feeling overly generous nowdays.

    1. Todd Fratzel

      Well if you want to write up an article on how you did your dust collection I’d be glad to post it on our site and help promote it.

  11. I appreciate the offer Todd, but I’ll have to think about it.

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