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01-05-2011 12:40 AM

To buy? Yay or nay? It’s 10 years old, but has a heck of a lot or tubes etc..

My current dust collector is a shop vac.

Only stationary tools I have right now is a table saw, ras, craftsman 6” joiner, and drill press.

-- Josh - Jacksonville, FL -

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#1 posted 01-05-2011 01:25 AM


It does not look like that great of a deal to me. You could almost buy a new one for that price (or at least the HF version that many people seem to like). The fittings do not look like much either, just a random sampling of 4” plumbing fittings and not much hose.

-- Steve

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#2 posted 01-05-2011 01:30 AM

It’s more machine than you’ll need without a planer. With 1200 CFM
that’s a lot of suck, which is great if you’re running a permanent setup
or have a big planer or wide sander. I prefer a 2-stage arrangement
with a separator (trash can) catching the chips while the bag gets
the fine dust. When you run your chips straight into the bags, they
wear out faster.

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#3 posted 01-05-2011 01:35 AM

If I could get it for $100, I might buy it.

But … as Steve said … the 2HP Harbor Freight version can be bought, with coupon, for about $139.

For EITHER machine, I’d strongly consider replacing the filter bags with a real filter, like the Wynn 35A cartridge filter. You really need to catch the fine dust, and most bags—as Loren said—don’t.

Take a look around the LJ site, and other ww sites. Lots of us—me included—are pretty darned happy with our HF 2HP DC’s—particularly upgraded with that Wynn cartridge filter—something you could do later, if cash was tight.

Good luck !

-- -- Neil

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#4 posted 01-05-2011 01:47 AM

Ask him what the price is without all of the assorted junk. The dust collector is not worth $175 and you’d be paying for extra stuff you don’t need.

Ditto on replacing the bags with 1 micron ones.

-- Failure is the road to success if you learn to learn from your mistakes - Vince, Greenville, SC

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#5 posted 01-05-2011 01:52 AM

It has 10 years of service already, if you can get it for $100 it would be great.
Replace the filters with Wynn filters for $100

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#6 posted 01-05-2011 04:39 AM

This November I picked up a 1 1/2 hp Harbor Freight dust collector off CL for $60. 4-5 yrs old it was a spare and hardly used. I was thinking then that if it was any more I would buy the new 2hp model because it was on sale. $175 seems high to me – even for a Delta. -Jack

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#7 posted 01-05-2011 03:28 PM

Thanks for all the feedback.

I’m going to check out the delta and see what’s up.

Harbor freight has that dc for $180 right now, and the store has them in stock.
But where is this coupon? I didn’t see it on the website.

-- Josh - Jacksonville, FL -

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#8 posted 01-05-2011 04:24 PM

Usually, it’s in WOOD Magazine.

-- -- Neil

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#9 posted 01-05-2011 08:45 PM

I may not need a dust collector at all. I’m going to see what’s up with the delta – see what micron bag is on it already. or maybe he harbor freight.. plan A and B is being reviewed..

plan C?

i already put a fan facing out the garage door.. having a fan in the wall on other end of garage facing might be enough. Might be a nice breeze when the Florida turns on too. on the flipside, it might be like working in a wind tunnel.

-- Josh - Jacksonville, FL -

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#10 posted 01-05-2011 08:58 PM

You don’t NEED to collect it.

You NEED to avoid breathing it in.

If you’re in a position to get it out of town, without causing risks, problems for your neighbors, or standing between the fan and the source of the dust (ie, breathing it in, as it’s being removed), then … simply escorting it OUT of your shop works fine, too !

-- -- Neil

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#11 posted 01-05-2011 09:21 PM

I think it’s worth every penny of it & then some!

I would BUY IT…


If the blower motor works, it’s a BUY in my book.

I would try for $150 though… :)
... asking for $100… and settling on $150… or luck out and get it for $100…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#12 posted 01-05-2011 10:09 PM

I agree with Joe. Just wanted to put in another ‘for’ since most seem to be ‘against’.


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#13 posted 01-05-2011 10:14 PM

Just to qualify, I too have the harbor freight and wouldn’t really recommend it. The blower is pretty light weight and the supports are pretty weak as well. I broke on trying to roll mine over an extension cord.


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#14 posted 01-07-2011 08:46 PM

so far, i think i’m ahead of the craigslist curve.

-- Josh - Jacksonville, FL -

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#15 posted 01-10-2011 01:37 AM

I paid $375 for my 850 with a cartridge filter. That’s a good price particularly with the fittings. I’m finding out that the fittings and plumbing for my DC system are going to be at least equal to the purchase price.

take care

-- Chris

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