Hot Rodding a Harbor Freight 2hp Dust Collector #3: "Upgraded" ducting at a discounted price? Sounds good to me!

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Blog entry by Kenny posted 02-24-2012 09:36 AM 8528 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I had planned to use the thin-wall PVC made for drains and such to run my ducting, and I figured to save some money I would just bend the pipe wherever I could get away with it to save on buying bends and such.

Well, a light went off in my head today, and I realized I’ve forgotten about a very relevant resource for this project: my Mom and step-father both work in the HVAC field! Ah-hah!

So, I made a call to my Mom today, who works in the office at a large HVAC supplier, and asked her about spiral wound steel galvanized pipe.
It turns out I can get the steel pipe from her cheaper than I could even the low-cost thin-wall PVC, SWEET!

Now I’m in the process of measuring and figuring where I’ll run all my ducting so I can put in an order in the next few days.

Hey, I’ll take high-grade spiral-wound galvanized steel piping over PVC any day!

-- Kenny

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#1 posted 02-24-2012 11:48 AM

Good thing that ole light went off /or came on, keep us posted on the progress,that is somthing I will be needing to install in my shop

-- An aspiring woodworker.

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#2 posted 02-24-2012 12:49 PM

It is like Divine Intervention. It’s great when the people we have to deal with, through no fault of our own, turn out to actually be of value!!! Lol.

As the saying goes; It ain’t what you know, but Who you know!!!

Keep pushing forward! There are others following you closely, perhaps tailgating!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#3 posted 02-24-2012 01:02 PM


I am your long lost brother from Texas! Tell Mom I will send her my pipe needs in the morning.

-- Rick Gustafson - Lost Creek Ranch - Colorado County, Texas

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#4 posted 02-24-2012 03:48 PM

I am Kenny’s brother so that must make us brothers too…..right? I am surprised it took that light all this time to go off in you head. I am seriously collecting now. I have ordered a Clear Vue cyclone. they had a special with free shipping that ended president’s say. They emailed and said they had such a response that things were back ordered so it will be another week to ship (next Monday). The controller has shipped. I think we should all be looking to save our lungs and our lives with a collector. I just amazes me that people will spend a lot of extra to buy a new saw because it has a riving knife and won’t buy a dust collector and air cleaners. I guess they were going to buy a saw anyway and they just don’t plan to buy a DC. I don’t know. I figure I could live with 9 fingers or even one hand but no lungs could be a trick.

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#5 posted 02-24-2012 10:07 PM

I agree with you on saving the lungs, they’re very important to sustaining life!

However, riving knives and tablesaw safety has become very frontline since the advent of SawStop technology and the mandate of the riving knife on all new model saws. and with all this infomation being thrown at every woodworker from every angle, it’s no wonder that it’s one of the first safety upgrades people make.
Also, an amputation or severe laceration via tablesaw is an immediate consequence, it doesn’t take years to do damage, and it can happen to anyone at any age on any day of the week. This makes it very “real” to lots of guys, especially those who have known someone who had an accident, or have had an accident or close call themselves.

Dust in the shop takes much, much longer to have any real effects, and where the effects aren’t usually as visible as a tablesaw injury, nor do they make headlines in magazines and other publications, it often doesn’t seem as real a consequence as cutting off a hand or finger.

Also, many will look back in history and say “Gee, my grandfather never used dust collection, and he lived a long life. Why do I need it?” And on the other side, there are those who’s grandfather or father was missing a finger from a tablesaw, making it a much more realistic and possible injury to them.

Thanks to all for the replies! You guys are awesome.

-- Kenny

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