Bottom Line Up Front - This thing is a BEAST! If you are considering this model...pull the trigger, you will be glad you did.
Overview of my configuration:
I am 100% Spiral...I was hesitant but found a local spiral company in Fort Worth, TX (L and L Fabrication) and got great prices.
I reduced the main down to 7".
1023RL Table Saw Branch - 6" then Lateralled to a 5" and 4" for lower and upper collection (some lower port modification will be required)
G0453 Planer - 5" branch reduced down to 4" (future modification of dust port to 5")
Router Table - 6" then Lateralled to a 5" and 4" for lower and upper collection.
Miter Saw Work Station - 6" then Lateralled to a 5" and 4" for lower and upper collection.
Future Drops Plumbed and Capped
Jointer 6" Branch
Bandsaw 6" Branch
CNC 6" Branch
Drill Press 6" Branch
I am small hobbyist looking to turn into a very small cabinet shop, couple jobs a year, just something to keep me busy. All of my major tools are Grizzly because they are great products for the price. I researched cyclones for close to a year, I never had a dust collector let alone a cyclone. I read many articles concerning fine dust collection, researched types of ducting PVC -vs- Spiral, researched and designed several duct layouts before I finally made my decision. I narrowed my options down to the Laguna 3HP P Flux and the G0441. I obviously went with the G0441 for a few different reasons:
1. Grizzly has been manufacturing this particular model for a long time (don't quote me but I think since 2008).
2. I didn't need alarms, lights, etc.. to tell me when the bin is getting full or automatically sweep my filter. While "bells and whistles" are cool, I just felt I didn't need them.
3. Customer Service. If you have ever dealt wit Grizzly's customer service of product support team, you know they are top-notch and bend over backwards to take care of you; at least that has been my experience. My machine, had some internal damage to the power cord and filter assembly that was not identifiable during initial inspection. I took some pictures, called customer service and it took about 4 days to get new parts. I wasn't in any rush, so 4 days was a blink on an eye.
Couple issues I had during assembly.
First, when they say the blower housing is heavy, believe them...the blower housing is heavy. It took myself and two other very strong guys to get this mounted to the wall. If I remember correctly, it is mounted at 97" from the floor, 8' feet is long way up considering the weight of the blower.
Dust bin bag kept sucking up into the cycle...forget to tighten the bin clamp so the vacuum hose wasn't working properly. I put a bead of silicone between the bins and cinched it down the clamp, all was good.
After running the machine for approximately one hour, I went back and tightened the cyclone mounting bolts. Either I didn't fully tighten them or as the machine settled during operation they loosened up a bit. Either way, they are now tight.
My one complaint, is that one week later, Grizzly offered their Military Discount. I didn't go back and ask them if I could get refunded the 10%. I guess I should have at least asked.
All in all, if you are on the fence about a cyclone, you will be more than happy with this machine.