harbor freigt dustcollector upgrade

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Project by eddy posted 08-14-2013 04:33 PM 3028 views 15 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

after seeing this upgrade/change being done for more than a year now i started cking with some of the guys that did this to see if they were having any issues with the motors being moved from horizontal to vertical. no one seamed to have any issus so i took the plung and did the change up. let me start by saying what i was using was a woodstock seperator lid on a 30 gallon trash can it was not bad but i was still filling the bag and pluging the filter.after this upgrade i put very little in the bag and the filter appears to still be reasonably clean. i have been using it like this for 2weeks making my average of 50 boxes i have empted the trash can 5 times and have about 3 hand fulls of fine dust in the bag this does have a thin baffle in the lid for the can. i went 5 inch from the blower motor to the seperator and 5 inch out. i used a 45 deg. fitting coming out of the sepertor instead o the 90 degi see a lot i think this should be better for air flow. as for air flow it is a lot beter than befor i can open all 4 blast gates and still have enough air flow to clean dust off the floor and this is with all flex hose that kills air flow.
and it is taking up less space

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#1 posted 08-15-2013 11:35 AM

Nice work. I bought one of these units a while back and plan to convert it as well. How does the plywood lid attach to the trash can?

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#2 posted 08-15-2013 12:04 PM

Lookin’ good Eddy.

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#3 posted 08-15-2013 01:02 PM

the lid just set on the can in a grove in the plywood i will try to take a pic of the seperator later today

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#4 posted 08-15-2013 04:11 PM

Nice work. I am curious. are the new HF dust collectors coming in Red or did you paint it?

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#5 posted 08-15-2013 04:20 PM

where does the giant filter on top come from?

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#6 posted 08-15-2013 05:11 PM

the air flter comes from wynn environmental here is a link,
dbhost i painted it years ago i did not like the green
here is a pi of the seperater that goes in the trash can

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#7 posted 08-17-2013 12:41 PM

Looks good. Like you, I picked up a 30 gal can over 6 months ago. I haven’t had the time or the chance to get my HF converted yet. I will hopefully soon. I look forward to a more efficient dust collector. How do you get the can out from underneath the intake? Thnx in advance.

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#8 posted 08-18-2013 12:47 PM

roger i disconect the top of the flex hose as seen in the picture in the post above and slide the hole thing out

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