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Forum topic by Bsmith posted 02-19-2011 04:21 PM 1547 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-19-2011 04:21 PM

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Just purchased the HF Dust Collecter w/the accessory kit (thanks 20% coupon). Installation went fairly well. As some have said, the instructions were pretty vague so I use the picture on the box often. I plugged it into my extension cord, turned it on and immediately threw a breaker. Shut off my portable heater which is on the same circuit then retry. Still a breaker failure but it did try to start. Went straight to wall outlet where it almost filled the bags but another thrown breaker. Anyone else have a problem simular to this and a solution short of running new wiring? I will if needed but that would be my last choice.
PS I do have a 220 outlet that I don’t use in the garage. Maybe I can convert that?

-- Bryan

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#1 posted 02-19-2011 04:43 PM

Are you sure there is nothing else on the breaker? make sure there nothing else.
What size breaker 15 or20 amp? Need at least 20.
Not sure about the hf motor but usually those motors are rated for 20amps. That will blow the breaker each time.
How old is the breaker? This might not work but put a new breaker in it. Same size just a new one.
None of that works run a new dedicated wire 12\2 with 20 amp or higher breaker

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#2 posted 02-19-2011 04:43 PM

If that’s the 97869 2HP unit? I believe it’s wired strictly for 220 volts. It can’t be run on 110

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#3 posted 02-19-2011 06:13 PM

If it came pre-wired with a 110v plug then it should’ve been been wired in the motor from the factory for 110v. If the motor is only for 220v then it shouldn’t even run on 110v should it?

If your breaker is a 15amp breaker don’t swap it out with a 20amp, you may overheat the wireing in your house and start a fire.

Contact harbor freight and ask them what the requirements are for your DC.

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#4 posted 02-19-2011 07:10 PM

I have to apologize. I was wrong. the motor is 120 volt, 20 amp max.
I downloaded the manual from the HF site;

I’m thinking about buying one of these.
There’s a coupon in the current Wood Mag for $139.99. It’s good until 5/19/2011.
You’re going to need a dedicated 20 amp circuit for this.
Retiredcoastie is right you can’t just change breakers. You need to run heavier wire to support 20 amps.


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#5 posted 02-19-2011 10:29 PM

I use my HF dust collector at the same time as my table saw (rated at 13A @120V) and have never tripped a breaker. I have them plugged into the same GFCI receptacle, which is on a 20A circuit with 12ga wire.

Do you have access to an amp meter, particularly one with a peak reading, to see what it is pulling?

-- Barry,

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#6 posted 02-20-2011 01:33 AM

Thanks all. It was on a 15 amp breaker with some other stuff. Called the electrician and he switched it over to a 20 amp that only gets used with the sprinkler system. Got it all put together and seems to be working fine. Haven’t actually picked up any dust yet but there seems to be plenty of suction so far. Florida_Jim, I used the 20% off coupon and they let me use it on the accessory kit also. This is going to be so much better than my shop vac.

-- Bryan

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#7 posted 10-08-2011 03:21 AM

I have had one for a couple of years and had had no issues, run DC and TS on same 20 Amp circut….

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#8 posted 10-09-2011 06:39 PM

Don’t forget to get a good low micron bag. The ones that come with the DC will catch large rocks and mice.


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