HF 1hp vs 2hp DC

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Forum topic by Firefighter posted 11-08-2010 05:25 AM 1481 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-08-2010 05:25 AM

I am currently working out of my garage shop using the rigid shop vac for dust collection. I have a limited budget for new toys, but I am thinking that dust collection should be my next goal. Can anyone give me reasons to go with one or the other of the Harbor Freight DCs? The 1hp is under $100 and I have a friend who has had good luck with it in his lathe only shop. I have a 10’’ jointer/planer that is probably the biggest producer as well as table saw, drill press, lathe, drum sander and band saw.

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#1 posted 11-08-2010 05:29 AM

The reason for the 2HP would be that … there are usually coupons, floating around, that let you get IT—instead of the 1HP model—for $139.

If memory serves, the coupons are in WOOD Magazine. Maybe other places, too.

Money well spent.

Search this site a bit. The topic comes up a lot.

Good luck !

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#2 posted 11-08-2010 05:50 PM

I recently purchased the 2 HP. I wasn’t expecting much, but I pleasantly surprised. It is one of the gems from HF. Works extremely well and I don’t regret the purchase. I save a boat load by purchasing this unit.

-- Paul, Central Illinois

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#3 posted 11-08-2010 05:54 PM

If you search for the HF 2HP DC you’ll find people rave about this collector. And with a few simple modifications it will suck like crazy. Check Wood mag there’s a coupon good till end of Dec. $139.00 and a 20% off one too if you are lucky enough to get them to accept that too.

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#4 posted 11-09-2010 01:50 AM

I have the HF 2 HP DC. I have it connected to every stationary tool in my small shop and it can easily handle them as long as they are running one at a time. Use the 20% off coupon and wait until it is on sale or check the internet and trade mags for coupons. I got mine for under $150. Later, think about replacing the bags with better quality ones from grizzly, your nose and lungs will thank you.

-- Justin in Loveland, OH

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#5 posted 11-10-2010 08:56 PM

It depends on how you use it. I hook my DC to one machine at a time with a 8’ hose and my 1HP collector (I have a Delta) has been great. I purchased it for mobility and the smaller footprint. I just don’t have the space to have a large collector or running duct work. If I had the space, I probably would have gone bigger—I don’t think I’ve ever purchased a tool and wished it had less power.

-- Arvid, Washington DC

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#6 posted 11-10-2010 09:18 PM

The 1HP simply isn’t powerful enough to be all that useful. I have the 2HP, at $139.00 it’s hard to beat… Just throw a 1 micron bag at it, build a Thien baffle for it and call it good. For what it’s worth, I have mine set up to service 2 4” lines, one for the main setup, the second that only has 2 drops, one for the workbench, the other for the table saw blade guard. Running both wide open as I do with the table saw, it keeps everything nice and clear…

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#7 posted 11-11-2010 01:50 AM

I have the 1HP one which is purely a stopgap until I get a more powerful stationary machine next year. (I supplement it with an air filtration unit and a Triton respirator.) It works OK but I had to remove the plastic grates at either end of the central unit because the jointer wood chips were too big to get through and everything was clogging.

It’s useful to be able to move it around. Next year I’ll be putting in air ducts for a stationary unit.

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