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01-30-2016 02:13 AM

Topic tags/keywords: harbor freight dust collector harbor freight dust collector central machinery dust collection

Just noticed the green Harbor Freight Dust Collector is on sale for $169.99, but also saw a black one too.

http://www.harborfreight.com/2-hp-industrial-5-micron-dust-collector-97869.html
http://www.harborfreight.com/70-gal-2-hp-industrial-dust-collector-61790.html

15 amps on the black, vs 20 on the green.
CFMs are equal.
Some design differences visible on the product image too.

Wondering if anyone has used the black one? I’m trying to decide which to get.

Thanks!


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#1 posted 01-30-2016 03:26 AM

Well, I bought the green one in December, but it’s not green. It’s black. I don’t think they have a green one anymore.
With the coupon I paid $135 and am very happy. Many people figure the HP output is exaggerated, but I dare say the higher amperage unit has more actual HP.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#2 posted 01-30-2016 03:39 AM

Amps=HP

-- Knowledge and experience equals Wisdom, Michael Frankowski

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#3 posted 01-30-2016 05:34 AM

Hey Bill, did you use both the 15 and 20 amp one?

I hit up two Harbor Freights and the employees are kinda clueless about the new black one. They say their stock is always cycled out with products from different manufacturers, and they don’t think the green one is coming back.

I ended up picking up the black 15 amp one for $135 with a coupon. Hope it’s good!

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#4 posted 01-30-2016 05:42 AM

just like their clamps , looks like the new replacement is not near as good as the original.

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#5 posted 01-30-2016 01:15 PM

Hmm, interesting. I bought mine during the recent sale and I got the green one.

-- Last week I finally got my $*i# together. Unfortunately, it was in my shop, so I will probably never find it again.

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#6 posted 01-30-2016 02:33 PM

I have not used the 15 amp one. It wasn’t even on their website when I got mine. I paid $135 for the black one that looks just like the green one?

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#7 posted 01-30-2016 04:47 PM

I’ve the black 20amp HF DC I’m in process of building out a system with. When I talked with local HF staff, they’re response was similar but different. HF rolls out stock frequently, models change with improvements. They inferred that the 20amp rating was a motor upgrade. I’m blogging about the project as I build and operate it in the future.

-- bkseitz, Washington "if everything is going well, you've obviously overlooked something"

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#8 posted 01-30-2016 04:56 PM

Thanks for the input bkseitz. The black one is the one listed as 15 Amps on their site: http://www.harborfreight.com/70-gal-2-hp-industrial-dust-collector-61790.html

If the 20 Amp was an upgrade.. did they downgrade with these newer ones?

Also, neat idea on your blog for a setup that pushes air downward in the shop. Wonder if anyone has tried this yet.

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#9 posted 01-30-2016 05:04 PM

I’ve the black 20amp HF DC
- bkseitz

If you could post a picture of the motor data plate, and someone with the 15A motor could post a picture of theirs, then we could see what differences (besides FLA) there might be between them.

Cheers,
Brad

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

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#10 posted 01-30-2016 05:49 PM

I’ll take a snap later today when I head out to my shop. If I remember right, the box was labeled 20amp.

@huyz, don’t know if anyone else has tried what essentially is making the whole shop a massive downdraft table. I’d assume I’m not the only one with such an idea, but I’ve not found any references to such. I know I have Dick Wynn (Wynn Environmental) interested and supportive of the project as well as some Respiratory Specialists interested (I’ve asthma—great hobby to start up huh). I’m more than a little behind desired schedule on projects but had anticipated such.

The past week and next few weeks have been dedicated to organizing and clearing clutter—my shop had looked more like a junkyard than a workshop. This weekend I’ve some overhead lighting to repair, more sorting and storing parts, and hanging tools & equipment of track walls, as well as dealing with Home Depot:

Some materials and parts I’ve been using or trying to order have become unavailable halfway through my remodeling and upgrade projects. Sent compliant in to HD, got two responses same day; One from corporate customer service, the other from local HD management. I’m aggravated enough to move all my business to Lowes. I’ll see if anything gets resolved. I had dumped Sears and switched to HD for the same reason several years ago. —and I had been a loyal Sears customer since the 70’s before that.

-- bkseitz, Washington "if everything is going well, you've obviously overlooked something"

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#11 posted 01-30-2016 05:56 PM

don t know if anyone else has tried what essentially is making the whole shop a massive downdraft table. I d assume I m not the only one with such an idea, but I ve not found any references to such.
- bkseitz

While I’ve never seen it done for a workshop, you can get raised flooring systems that would provide the necessary platform to do so. Used in large computer centers and such, they can support very heavy loads and they can be fitted with ventilated panels. Not sure how practical it would be, but could give you some ideas.

Cheers,
Brad

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

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#12 posted 01-30-2016 06:12 PM

@MrUnix, Raised flooring system for computer room and a liquid driven metal chip removal system for a large Aerospace company factor I helped design was the inspiration for the idea. The aerospace application had a set of fluid channels in the floor that carried the machined chips away from each machine tool. The materials used in that shop were really pricy so recovering waste was worth the investment.

I’m not sure I’ll go that far to start with. But if my experiments on creating a downdraft from the ceiling to floor to be collected by a series of intakes works even moderately well, it’ll be something to discuss within the community and vendors. My goal is to make my shop “safer” and more comfortable for me to work in, I’ll leave it to others to commercialize the idea.

-- bkseitz, Washington "if everything is going well, you've obviously overlooked something"

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#13 posted 01-31-2016 12:13 AM

Motor had no plate on it, here’s the documentation that came with the HF DC


-- bkseitz, Washington "if everything is going well, you've obviously overlooked something"

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#14 posted 01-31-2016 01:23 AM

Here is my “green” one. It has the same model number as the green one, but I would say it is very dark grey, almost black. I bought this in December. I assumed the green was discontinued and replaced with black. It has the same design as the green one.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#15 posted 01-31-2016 01:26 AM

Back IN Black!!!

-- still trying to think of a clever signature......

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