*updated* Harbor Freight, Wynn filter, Super Dust Deputy dust collector

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Project by Revhard posted 02-26-2018 04:13 AM 5361 views 46 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

You’ve seen one, you’ve seen em all… Big thanks to member Nick for the idea.
His build for the HF dust collection was exactly what i was looking for, compact and mobile. The few things i did different was use a 20 gal can, omitted the factory baffle, added a window, and a 5 gallon to the bottom of the filter. Painted it to match the hf factory color.. The only issues i had was trying to get one bend in the duct instead of two and finding the correct fittings for the Dust deputy.

Modified the bucket by cutting the bottom off and just using the top 3.5”. Attached a new “bottom” by cutting out a 11” circle made of 3/4” mdf and screwed it in place. Cut a 4” circle for the outlet. Connected a 4” hose to the outlet of the filter and inlet of the SDD using a t fitting and blastgate. Whenever its time to clean the filter just open the blastgate with the collector on and hit it with compressed air.

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#1 posted 02-26-2018 09:54 AM

Cant believe this was an HF dust collector. Great transformation and professional look.

-- CaptFerd

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#2 posted 02-26-2018 12:04 PM

Interesting…I wonder what kind of performance it has. Some say, someone will do accurate testing and determine the performance curve.

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#3 posted 02-26-2018 02:10 PM

Nice work. Is that the 5 inch version of the SDD? Do you recommend it?

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#4 posted 02-26-2018 03:05 PM

Looks nice. I like the use of space. What is the purpose of the hole in the cabinet below the Super DD?

Also I’d love to see the window at the bottom of the filter.

Terrific job.

-- Bailey F - Eastern Mass.

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#5 posted 02-26-2018 03:24 PM

Jams- Yes it is and highly recommend it.

MrFid- I meant to say the hole by the SDD is the window. Only hole under the filter is the one for the bucket.

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#6 posted 02-26-2018 04:07 PM

Nice work!
I was going to do something similar, but ended up going the easy route with a custom top bag that goes to my 10’ ceiling.

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#7 posted 02-26-2018 05:39 PM

It took me a couple of looks to realize the cart is wood not metal. Very professional looking and I’m sure it was a fraction of the cost of my Laguna C-Flux. Plus it looks more user friendly as well. You will have to post how well it performs. Nice work!!!

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#8 posted 02-26-2018 08:48 PM

Wow great job on this. How did you secure the 5gal bucket? Can I get some more pictures of that please? I am trying to do the same thing for mine. I have mine wall mounted and am using a plastic bag underneath my win filter.

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#9 posted 02-26-2018 10:29 PM

It looks like it will be a fine asset to your shop. Nice going!

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#10 posted 02-26-2018 10:42 PM

This looks super useful, I might need to build one.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#11 posted 02-26-2018 11:21 PM

An excellent design.

I have an Omega, Harbor Freight, Cartridge set-up that I have used for four years. My planned improvement is to rid my set-up of the plastic bag under the cartridge. In four years, that plastic bag has had about 4 inches of dust in it. My thought is to build a box immediately under the cartridge. Then add an access to the box in the form of a lid to allow the occasional clean-out of dust. Do you get much dust in the plastic bucket under the cartridge? Also, what is the paint you used (manufacturer an color)?

Again, a great set-up.

-- Chuck Anstrom - Virginia

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#12 posted 02-26-2018 11:48 PM

Nice build. If I only had the space.

-- Scott, Irmo SC

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#13 posted 02-26-2018 11:58 PM

If you bought the open ended wynn filter it makes it easier but it could still be done with the regular one I think. Buy a Leaktite 5-gal. Screw Top Lid from homedepot or big box store cut a hole in the lid and the filter. Screw inner ring to filter. Caulk and be done.
Or here is a instructional youtube video

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#14 posted 02-27-2018 12:16 AM

I got the paint color matched at a local paint store. Dont know if this will help with your question.

As far as the bucket, I planed a 2×10 board until i filled the steel can. Not much dust made it to the bucket but it could be in the filter. I dont know for sure.

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#15 posted 02-27-2018 10:03 AM

All that and it rolls around from tool to tool. I love it when people make silk purses out of sows ears, nice job.

Something that isn’t often seen if a person just looks at the “numbers” for it’s ability to pull dust and chips, is this configuration is set up to just work one tool at a time. You are NOT pulling 60’ of empty pipe to get to the tool you need the suction for.

Having used a single DC unit for all of my tools, and moving it from tool to tool as needed I find it makes me plan better as a woodworker so that you use one tool as fully as possible, and then move it to the next. The ++++ byproduct of that is I am always thinking of the next steps, and find I very seldom get to a point where I say, geee didn’t see that coming. Or &^%%&** I need to go back and make that part I didn’t think of….

Nice job Revhard.

-- Think safe, be safe

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