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Forum topic by agallant posted 01-12-2011 10:04 PM 1699 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-12-2011 10:04 PM

I have a smaller shop so keeping the dust collector size down would be nice. Would a portable model like this work well or would it just be a waste of money?


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#1 posted 01-12-2011 11:28 PM

I don’t have much experience with the little portable blowers, but I think it might not be enough for your 3hp tablesaw. Not to mention that little bag will fill up so quick it won’t even be funny…. :)

-- Optimists are usually disappointed. Pessimists are either right or pleasantly surprised. I tend to be a disappointed pessimist.

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#2 posted 01-12-2011 11:35 PM

A friend of mine bought one of those type several years back. He had it hooked up to a table saw. It filled very quiclky. The big problem is that as you begin decreasing the available volume in the bag you also rapidly loose dust collection value. He returned it the same day. NOTE: If it fills quickly on a table saw one can assume it to be virtually useless on most other machines.

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#3 posted 01-12-2011 11:39 PM

I started with a shopvac in my 22’ x 22’ basement. Then graduated to a 2 stage jet 1100dc. Then I got a
cyclone from Onieda. I will say the reason for the cyclone in such a small area was my wife’s allergies. I agree with live4ever that the one your looking at will struggle with a 3hp tablesaw. I would go with a 2 stage first if the budget allows. I highly recommend a filter on top instead of the bag. Lots of guys on this site will atest to how much a difference the filter makes. Winn filters is one good resource for filters. Do your homework to find the best unit for the money and your needs. Lots of good advice on this subject here in the forums.
Good Luck.

-- Rich, Columbus, Ohio

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#4 posted 01-12-2011 11:46 PM

I don’t know anything about the dust collector you found on Craig’s List.

If I had a small shop and wanted to save space, I would serious consider this dust collector – -

Let me be clear that I have never owned this dust collector and I know no one who has. I am not endorsing it as a good dust collector. I’m only saying that, based on what I have seen, it looks like a good option for the space constrained.

The natural partner for this dust collector in Rockler’s dust right system. I have that and I am a fan.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#5 posted 01-12-2011 11:49 PM

One thing about it, it will always be worth about what they want for it. Add a Thien to it and it will be good for a few years until you can put together a bigger one.

OR! Go to lowes and get the current issue of wood Magazine, find the Harbor freight add and go to HF with the coupon for their 2 HP dust collector for $139.99. i know it’s twice as much money but it is also 4 times the dust collector!

-- BobG, Lowell, Arkansas--------My goal in life is to be the kind of person my dog thinks I am! Make more saw dust!!

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#6 posted 01-13-2011 12:08 AM

Go to the tool reviews and look at all the different units other LJ’s have. The one BobG suggested is there. The Delta 50-760 has a good rating, also mentioned. I do not think the unit you are looking at would be a very good. I would save your pennys and buy a better unit.

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#7 posted 01-13-2011 01:03 AM

I have that same exact blower. It’s from HF and definitely is NOT 900 cfm. The papers say it is, but believe me, not even close. I paid a little more than what he’s asking and got it because, at the time, my budget was very low. It’s only been a good little sucker because I made a cyclone separator and ONLY after I got a 1 micron filter from penn state, has it actually pulled more weight than it should….


Unless you plan on doing some upgrades like others have suggested, don’t even bother…

btw, when hooked up to my planer, I can fill that trash can in less than an hour, sometimes as quick as 20 minutes

-- Childress Woodworks

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#8 posted 01-13-2011 06:42 AM

That little red used collector is from Harbor Freight. It can be bought new for around $100; $80 with a discount coupon. It’s 1hp and probably doesn’t have enough static pressure to work with a Thien separator in front of it while attached to that small bag. As others have said, there is no way it’s 900 CFM capacity when it has ductwork and hoses and a bag attached. I would estimate it to be more like 300 CFM in real world situation.

Having said that, the 2hp collector from HF does an excelent job. I have had one for about 6 or 7 months and love it. It is on sale normally for $139 using a coupon from Wood Magazine. It looks identical to dust collectors sold by just about every one in the woodworking business for $299 and up. Many folks on LJ have had good things to say about this unit; including me. Many others modify this unit by replacing the bag with a cartridge and adding a separator in front of it to catch most of the dust befor it ever gets to the bag. I think it works well just as it comes. You can always make mods later.

My shop is in my basement and there is an open stair leading from my basement to the rest of the house. I had to have dust collection that works and I got that with the HF collector. I wouldn’t waste my time with the little red one though. I’d just as soon have a shop vac as that one.

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#9 posted 01-13-2011 10:55 AM

That Rockler Mini is 300 cfm less than the CraigsList one.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#10 posted 01-13-2011 04:07 PM

I was thinking space more than price. The more I look in to it I am discovering that I would be better off carving out a corner of my shot for the HF 2HP dust collector.

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