This is the Axiom Stratus, a innovative workshop air cleaner. Axiom says that the Stratus filter media can be configured for different pollutants, such as dust, smoke, or odors.
It features a turbine-style blower and full 360° filter design that Axiom says has nearly 16X the surface area compared to traditional filters.
The design looks to build upon existing air purifier and filter designs, such as from BlueAir (via Amazon) and others, although I cannot get over how much it looks like a public trash can.
The Stratus comes from Axiom Tool Group, known for their Axiom Precision CNC routers. JPW Industries, the company that owns JET, Powermatic, Wilton, Baileigh, and other tool brands, acquired the Axiom Tool Group in 2021.
Axiom launched the Stratus in 2019, describing it as an ambient air cleaner that is “both elegant and effective.” They say it “renders ceiling-mounted air cleaners obsolete by drawing dusty air down, rather than upward past the operator’s nose and mouth.”
Axiom also describes the Stratus as being portable and rugged, and say it’s suited for woodworking and other industrial applications.
The Stratus has a 2-stage filter, with washable pre-filter and pleated canister filter. An activated charcoal insert is also available.
Key Features and Specifications
- 115V, 5.5A motor
- 3 speeds – 1700, 2200, 2500 RPM
- MERV 15 filter performance
- 1440 m³/hr max air volume
- 75mm H2O max static pressure
- 65 dB to 76 dB noise level at 10 feet
- Stainless steel housing
- Non-woven washable pre-filter
- 1µm at 98% canister filter efficiency
- Weighs 66 lbs
- 39″ tall x 16″ wide x 16″ deep
Jet recently launched a new “smarter” air cleaner with a design that breaks the ceiling-mounted box-filter mold that has been popular for a long time.
Powermatic also came out with a large diameter fan-based air filter, rather than using an HVAC-style air blower. It retails for $750 at Amazon and other dealers.
Jet offers traditional boxy and ceiling-mounted air cleaners, Powermatic has their fan-like filter, and Axion has the floor-standing tube-shaped air cleaner.
Jet, Powermatic, and Axiom are all owned by JPW Industries, a Gamut Capital company.
Which design is best?
The Axiom does look interesting, but I would sooner choose the Jet and Powermatic designs.
Air cleaners are traditionally ceiling-mounted for a reason. From what I have seen, they capture more fine particulates from breathing-level air, and there are less obstructions higher up, allowing for stronger airflow patterns.
Given the Axiom Stratus air cleaner’s size, how well will it cycle the air in a smaller workshop, where much of space at the same level is occupied by tools and equipment?
1440 cubic meters per hour of max air volume flow converts to ~848 CFM. The noise level at the highest fan speed and power level is said to be 76 dB at 10 feet.
There doesn’t look to be a remote control option, or any kind of timer.
The Stratus is a very interesting design – if you can get over appearance.