Repairing HF dust collector clamps

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Forum topic by ChuckH posted 07-28-2015 10:14 PM 512 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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07-28-2015 10:14 PM

Like a lot of people I’m sure, I bought the Harbor Freight My First Dust Collector™ and along with it the Habor Freight My First Dust Collection Accessories Kit™. With the 20% coupon it’s a decent deal – 10’ of hose, two blast gates, a wye, and 10 wire clamps.

However the wire clamps aren’t great – the washer at the end of the screw has a tendency to deform – if you make it too tight, you can drive the screw into the washer, and then its all over. The first time this happened, I chucked the thing in the scrap metal bin. However when #2 and #3 went, I realized I couldn’t really keep doing that or I’d run out of clamps.

Pretty simple really; since the screws are brass or something else soft, I just grabbed an appropriately sized bit, and drilled a hole through the end of the screw. I had to choke the bit up in the chuck almost all the way to control deflection on my drill press. Then I put a finish nail through it and bent the end round. This keeps the washer from climbing up the screw and saves all my clamps.

This is the first one I almost chucked out – I lost the washer, so I had to make a slightly wider pin to fit the washer I had available.

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#1 posted 07-29-2015 02:51 PM

Thanks for the idea and the warning about the clamps.

-- "I love it when a plan comes together" John "Hannibal" Smith

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