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12-20-2015 07:24 PM

I would like to ask you guys about Harbor Freight 2 HP dust collector. I read some of the comments and I would like to buy one before the Dec. 20 when my 25% coupon expires.
My question to you is: can I use this with an Oneida system instead of the collectors bag and filter that comes with?

Thank you very much.


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WhyMe

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#1 posted 12-20-2015 07:32 PM

Clarify Oneida system. Are you talking just the cyclone? You still need a filter and collection bin of some type if just buying the cyclone.

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#2 posted 12-20-2015 07:55 PM

I’ve had my HF dust collector for over 5 years now and it still work fine. I have not done any major modifications to mine but there are several on this site that have. Do a search on this site.

-- Julian

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#3 posted 12-20-2015 08:10 PM

I have been using a Wynn 35A canister cartridge for more than ten years with my 2HP HF DC. Install really simple.

http://wynnenv.com/woodworking-filters/

Not sure what Oneida system would add or take away from my set up.

-- Bill

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#4 posted 12-20-2015 10:51 PM



Clarify Oneida system. Are you talking just the cyclone? You still need a filter and collection bin of some type if just buying the cyclone.

- WhyMe

Sorry for the confusion.
This is what I have – Rockler Dust Right® Dust Separator with 2-1/2’’ Anti-Static Dust Hose connected to a Shop-Vac. All are on a mobile cart that I move it where I need it.
What I was thinking was to replace the shop vac with the HF dust collector. All remaining on the cart.

Thank you

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#5 posted 12-20-2015 10:54 PM

If you had grabbed it last week, you could have got it for under $140 :(

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid

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#6 posted 12-21-2015 12:29 AM

I don’t think the HF dust collector will work well with a 2.5” hose size separater. The air speed is low with high volume on the HF DC, whereas the shopvac is opposite. So the separator may be too restrictive.

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#7 posted 12-21-2015 01:01 AM

I’m not sure this is what you are looking for but I put an Oneida Super Dust Deputy on my 1.5 HP Pennstate HP system and it works great. I did a review on it awhile back.
http://lumberjocks.com/reviews/product/2766
As WhyMe stated, you won’t be able to use your shop vac system. It doesn’t have the capacity you need.

-- Jim, SE Tennessee, "Don't spare the kindling Dear, we have plenty"

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#8 posted 12-21-2015 03:08 AM

As already said, dust collectors are high volume systems with low pressure.
Shop vacs are the opposite, high pressure and low volume.
This difference is significant when you try to jam a lot of air through a small pipe. You will be very dissapointed.

Now, for my main point. Why change the HF collector at all?
Other than replacing the 5 micron bag with a 1 micron cartridge filter, a modification that will double the price of the filter, there is very little to be gained. The collector works just fine the way it comes.

Mine has worked exactly as originally designed for over 5 years and I paid less than $130 bucks for it.

Oh, and don’t let the expiration of that silly coupon rush you into anything. They are a dime a dozen. Hell, I can’t imagine anyone ever buying anything from HF an not having a coupon. Go to any magazine rack and flip through almost any wood working magazine and guess what’s in there, bingo, a page of super deals and usually a 20 or 25 % off coupon.

-- Michael: Hillary has a long list of accomplishments, though most DAs would refer to them as felonies.

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MC73

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#9 posted 12-21-2015 08:45 PM


Clarify Oneida system. Are you talking just the cyclone? You still need a filter and collection bin of some type if just buying the cyclone.

- WhyMe

Sorry for the confusion.
This is what I have – Rockler Dust Right® Dust Separator with 2-1/2’’ Anti-Static Dust Hose connected to a Shop-Vac. All are on a mobile cart that I move it where I need it.
What I was thinking was to replace the shop vac with the HF dust collector. All remaining on the cart.

Thank you


If you had grabbed it last week, you could have got it for under $140 :

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#10 posted 12-21-2015 08:46 PM

It is a fine piece of machinery. Buy it.

-- Todd, Huntsville, AL

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MC73

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#11 posted 12-21-2015 08:51 PM

Thank you all for your suggestions.
I will wait for spring to come and look again for a better price.
Problem that I have is I can’t have tubes all over the garage. Being on the cart with the Rockler I could just have one tube that will connect with the one from TS and with the planner when I need it. I have room for the original DC during the spring/Fall but in winter the BOSS wants the cars in the garage and that is a problem with space.

Thank you for your help.
MC

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#12 posted 12-21-2015 09:18 PM

I have the HF dust collector with a Wynn 35A filter and a Super Dust deputy stuck in a corner and only have one machine hooked up to it at a time. I also have a Dust Deputy and a shop vac for cleaning and also use it with my sanders to keep the dust flow to a minimum. They both serve a purpose, but I can’t see a shop vac being used on a table saw aor any other big dust making piece of equipment.

-- Steve: Franklin, WI

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