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Forum topic by bigarm posted 12-03-2015 09:43 PM 2224 views 2 times favorited 90 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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bigarm

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12-03-2015 09:43 PM

I have the larger Harbor Freight dust collector and would like to know what upgrades that are reasonably priced and worthwhile you have used. I am not interested in hearing “buy a different system”, etc. This is what I have and for at least now am satisfied with it. I have read about bags from Highland woodworking. Are they worth the extra money and what size is correct? Any others?


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John

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#1 posted 12-03-2015 09:49 PM

I built a separator, highly recommended. A quick search will bring up several how tos.

-- I measured once, cut twice, and its still too short...

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#2 posted 12-03-2015 09:53 PM

I built a Thien baffle—definitely worth it. I vent outside without bags—also worth it. I set up a pvc duct system with blast gates. I find it all quite helpful.

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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#3 posted 12-04-2015 04:56 PM

20” bag is what ya want i got a powertec 1 micron on amazon for $30
http://www.amazon.com/POWERTEC-70001-Collector-20-Inch-31-Inch/dp/B005VSAP74#productDetails

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bigarm

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#4 posted 12-04-2015 05:37 PM



20” bag is what ya want i got a powertec 1 micron on amazon for $30
http://www.amazon.com/POWERTEC-70001-Collector-20-Inch-31-Inch/dp/B005VSAP74#productDetails

- tomsteve

I ordered this. Does it just replace the collection bag on the bottom of the dust collector?

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#5 posted 12-04-2015 05:57 PM

I scrapped everything except the motor/blower assembly; mounted it on the wall and fed it via a separation barrel directly to the outdoors, doing away with any filters. I can do this because I don’t have any neighbors to worry about with the noise and dust. If you are neighbor free, this is the way to go.

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#6 posted 12-04-2015 05:57 PM

I scrapped everything except the motor/blower assembly; mounted it on the wall and fed it via a separation barrel directly to the outdoors, doing away with any filters. I can do this because I don’t have any neighbors to worry about with the noise and dust. If you are neighbor free, this is the way to go.

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WoodNSawdust

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#7 posted 12-04-2015 06:09 PM

If you don’t want to take the time to make a separator you can buy the Super Dust Deputy.

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

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tomsteve

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#8 posted 12-04-2015 10:24 PM

20” bag is what ya want i got a powertec 1 micron on amazon for $30
http://www.amazon.com/POWERTEC-70001-Collector-20-Inch-31-Inch/dp/B005VSAP74#productDetails

- tomsteve

I ordered this. Does it just replace the collection bag on the bottom of the dust collector?

- bigarm

top bag. the bottom one collects the dust/chips.ya keep the plastic bags below. the top one filters tbe air that comes in. so it will go on top.

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#9 posted 12-04-2015 10:44 PM

I upgraded my HF with a Wynn cartridge filter, a trash can separator, and a Thien baffle. All good upgrades IMO, with the separator being the best. All on a new mobile base that is a little larger than what came with the unit

Here’s a picture and project post with details (web links provided as well).......It may give you some ideas….Questions, just let me know….

http://lumberjocks.com/projects/99119

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#10 posted 12-04-2015 11:17 PM

Here are my mods. Works great!

http://lumberjocks.com/projects/95715

-- Todd, Huntsville, AL

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#11 posted 12-05-2015 12:47 AM


Here are my mods. Works great!

http://lumberjocks.com/projects/95715

- Todd


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I thought about doing the top hat design myself. I maybe would have gone that route if I thought mine would look half as good as yours. Nice work !

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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Gixxerjoe04

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#12 posted 12-05-2015 03:59 AM



20” bag is what ya want i got a powertec 1 micron on amazon for $30
http://www.amazon.com/POWERTEC-70001-Collector-20-Inch-31-Inch/dp/B005VSAP74#productDetails

- tomsteve


Been trying to decide to go that route or drop $170 for the wynn filter.

I built a new stand and put a trash can separator on it.

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#13 posted 12-05-2015 03:34 PM


I upgraded my HF with a Wynn cartridge filter, a trash can separator, and a Thien baffle. All good upgrades IMO, with the separator being the best. All on a new mobile base that is a little larger than what came with the unit
Here s a picture and project post with details (web links provided as well).......It may give you some ideas….Questions, just let me know….
http://lumberjocks.com/projects/99119
- kdc68

In my opinion you and Todd are shortening the life of the motor positioning it in a way that it wasn’t intended. Not that it’s a good motor in the first place.

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CharlesA

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#14 posted 12-05-2015 03:40 PM


I upgraded my HF with a Wynn cartridge filter, a trash can separator, and a Thien baffle. All good upgrades IMO, with the separator being the best. All on a new mobile base that is a little larger than what came with the unit
Here s a picture and project post with details (web links provided as well).......It may give you some ideas….Questions, just let me know….
http://lumberjocks.com/projects/99119
- kdc68

In my opinion you and Todd are shortening the life of the motor positioning it in a way that it wasn t intended.

- SawSucker

Given that DC motors are oriented in more than one position on stock models, what do you know about the way the motor is constructed that would lead you to this conclusion?

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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Gixxerjoe04

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#15 posted 12-05-2015 04:28 PM


I upgraded my HF with a Wynn cartridge filter, a trash can separator, and a Thien baffle. All good upgrades IMO, with the separator being the best. All on a new mobile base that is a little larger than what came with the unit
Here s a picture and project post with details (web links provided as well).......It may give you some ideas….Questions, just let me know….
http://lumberjocks.com/projects/99119
- kdc68

In my opinion you and Todd are shortening the life of the motor positioning it in a way that it wasn t intended. Not that it s a good motor in the first place.

- SawSucker


In my opinion, you’re only on this forum to talk negatively about the harbor freight dust collector in any way possible, we get it, you don’t like it.

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