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Dust collector, Harbor Freight 2 HP, model 97869

Dust collector, Harbor Freight 2 HP, model 97869

10-28-2013 05:01 PM by ferstler | 6 comments »

I am going to post this comment, or something similar to it, elsewhere on this site to get the best chance of feedback. I am a 70-year-old retired worker but am now also a working artist who does wall-hanging collages made from enameled or stained wood pieces. I have items in a half-dozen galleries and outlets in this town and another town close by, and the income from the projects helps to supplement my retirement income. It also helps to keep my wife from harping about me needing to get ...

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An obvious improvement over my Shop-Vac

An obvious improvement over my Shop-Vac

10-05-2013 12:49 AM by Kobra | 10 comments »

After using my shop-vac as my dust collector for several months, I finally broke down and purchased a real dust collector. Let’s be honest, using a shop-vac for a dust collection system is akin to using a weed trimmer to mow your lawn. Requirements – 1) I wanted a system with a relatively small footprint. Like most DIYers, lack of space is enemy #1. 2) Spend no more than $400. I couldn’t justify spending more money when woodworking is a hobby. 3) CFM greater than...

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Rikon 63-100 Dust Extractor 12-Gallon Capacity

Rikon 63-100 Dust Extractor 12-Gallon Capacity

10-01-2013 01:38 PM by sptfish | 3 comments »

63-100 Dust Extractor 12-Gallon Capacity This is a 15” round, 24” tall dust collector with 106CFM of Air Flow and they say…Quiet Operation Noise level no greater than 95dB Uses Standard 4” Hose No need to use adapters for large machinery Great for single machine use or general cleanupI ordered this from Amazon.com last Thursday and received it Monday morning. I was surprised, since I didn’t pay for faster shipping. This is a solid metal canister vacuum with the motor built on the ...

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Was nice till it sucked up to much concrete dust

Was nice till it sucked up to much concrete dust

09-30-2013 06:44 PM by Bill1974 | 8 comments »

The first picture is just after it died a small fiery death. The second pic is from lowes website, the canister is not really that tall is a more squat. Purchased this in the summer of 2008 and it lasted till September of 2013. I purchased a Ridgid WD1851 to replace it, after it died. I used it for house renovations and some dust collection. It had seen a good amount of drywall dust and concrete dust (which is what lead to its demise). The bushing (not bearing) wore and the motor shaf...

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Pleasantly surprised

Pleasantly surprised

09-13-2013 07:26 PM by mummykicks | 5 comments »

Very pleased with this. I get zero dust below the table now, my router runs cooler (as do my bits), and when used with something like the incra master fence I’m dust free when doing anything that has the bit near the fence. Got mine on amazon for $40. There is a plastic sheet that has velcro on it that the cup attaches to. I just cut it out to fit around my lift and double stick taped it to my router plate. Has worked fine.I don’t ever remove my router from the table, so I canR...

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dustcutter II dust collection system paired up with ridgid TS3650

dustcutter II dust collection system paired up with ridgid TS3650

09-04-2013 04:44 PM by yrob | 3 comments »

I have a small shop and use a Ridgid TS3650 contractor style table saw. Dust collection has always been a problem. I have tried enclosing the saw with hardboard pieces in the past but this makes it impossible to tilt your blade as the motor sticks out. I recentlly bought this product, the Dustcutter II from Woodcraft. It is basically a dust bag shaped like a funnel with a 2 1/4” port at the end. It attaches to the table saw from the inside by velcro. The installation guide say...

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It Sucks...And That's a Good Thing

It Sucks...And That's a Good Thing

06-17-2013 05:41 AM by Matthew Parker | 4 comments »

I’ve had this DC for 9 months now and have emptied the barrel 4 times which should give you an idea how much I use the thing. Another key point about my usage is that I don’t have any ductwork. I connect the DC directly to the tool I am using at the time. I have it hooked up to a 110v 30A outlet which has not tripped during my use. Another reviewer said that this DC could suck the chrome off of a trailer hitch. While that is clearly hyperbole they made the point well. I ha...

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Cheap Second Stage Separator

Cheap Second Stage Separator

06-10-2013 01:33 PM by Kahr | 5 comments »

I am starting in woodworking and wanted a second stage filter to hopefully extend the life of my Dust Collector. I did a lot of internet research and found this unit. The Fulton 4” Dust Separator Kit sells for around $20. I was able to install it on a 30GAL plastic drum with a locking lid in about 20 minutes. The unit does the job! I dumped the dust from my collectors bag and sucked it back up and very little finding its way back to the collector. In the drum you can see the cyclone ...

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Very Happy with  this Dust Collector

Very Happy with this Dust Collector

06-09-2013 11:48 AM by Denco | 12 comments »

Between sale price and coupon, the price was low enough that I took the plunge and bought the HF 2HP DC. —Starting with assembly:— You end up doing quite of bit of assembly with this unit, not just 2 or 3 connections. The very first thing I did when unpacking the unit was to plug the motor in to make sure it ran. I didn’t want to assemble the whole thing and then discover the motor didn’t work. It fired right up, no problems. I’ve seen talk on the intern...

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A good first dust collector

A good first dust collector

05-06-2013 01:21 PM by Ottacat | 7 comments »

When starting a shop life is full of compromises. We’d all like to install big cyclones with top of the line 6” mains and dedicated drops to each of our machines. However when starting out money is tight and we don’t yet have all the machines in our shop nor really a firm idea of their proper locations. Thus a portable collector that gets moved around is often the way we start collecting dust. I was initially hoping to find a portable cyclone but they were all either unde...

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