So, photos aren’t hard, they’re in the links @Jules provided above, look for the user guide.
Filter info is still a little sketchy as far as cost. Lifespan of the filter will be determined by the kind of cutting you do. Lots of MDF/draftboard will clog things right up fast.
I’ve been using mine for several weeks now, and there are only 2 things that I’ve noticed:
- I forget to turn it on first sometimes. The reminder comes quickly from the smell. One of the features of the original design will be turning the filter on/off automatically.
- As you use it you’ll need to increase the air flow setting over time. You generally figure that out by the smell also.
Changing out the element will be as easy as popping the top off the enclosure and pulling the old one out, then dropping the new one in. We’re talking about 50ish pounds so keep that in mind.
Setup is easy, but the GF staff do need to push some type of update so that you can enable the new fan setting in the GFUI/App. If you change back and forth between filter and venting outside you’ll need to remember to adjust this setting each time you change.
Overall I’m really happy with the compact filter. I opted to take it because I didn’t want to deal with putting the the GF on top of the original filter and making my unit taller. Also, changing filters on the original design looks like it will involve pulling the 55ish pound GF off the top of the filter then changing elements. I don’t think we know that for sure, but I do like the form factor of the compact filter better for my needs.
I’ll learn the filter lifespan when the time is right. I don’t believe they’ve published costs for the filter element yet.
Edit: changed weight of GF to 55 from 70. Thanks @jbmanning5