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02-08-2018 02:39 PM

Topic tags/keywords: dust collector dust collection dust filter cartridge filter wynn damn filters

I’ve been reading the forums for a while on a variety of topics. Now looking to get my first dust collector and I’m trying to decide on the filter system to use. I’m pretty set on doing a modified 2 HP Harbor Freight system based on what I’ve read here.

I’ve noticed that a lot of people have purchased cartridge filters from Wynn Environmental. I was searching for alternatives and found . Has anyone ever purchased a filter from them or does anyone know about the quality of their filters? For what it’s worth, they say their cartridge filters are American made. I’m hoping to do MERV 15 filter, which they carry for a variety of other dust collector manufacturers and for less than the $200 Wynn filter.

Just curious if anyone has had any experience with Damn Filters. Couldn’t find much on them while searching the internet. Thanks in advance

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#1 posted 02-08-2018 02:47 PM

I have had a Harbor Freight foe 4 years now. I had a Wynn and didn’t like it because it was hard to clean and it started leaking after about a year and a half. I bought a filter from Grizzly that fits the HF. It’s the one that has a crank handle you turn to clean it and it works great. Cost if I remember was about $220, but I got it when they had one of there 10% deals. The best thing is the crank handle. Works great and you don’t need to blow compressed air thru it, which can damage the Wynn.
There item number is H5783. The current price is $235 plus shipping.

-- Steve: Franklin, WI

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#2 posted 02-08-2018 03:37 PM

Look at shipwright’s setup. He uses a large diesel truck air filter instead of the Winn – much less expensive. Sometimes I’ve seen them on amazon warehouse deals – just get a big one and make whatever adapter is needed.

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#3 posted 02-09-2018 05:16 AM

Turns out it costs more to ship the HF blower here (Alaska) than the blower itself costs so I’ll have to figure out a different setup or buy one pre-assembled. Noted on the Wynn filters—I’d read elsewhere about the filter cleaning issues. I’ve also read, however, that the paddle system used by Grizzly, Jet, etc. can damage the filters.

Ocelot, thanks for the tip. I’ll definitely look into the diesel truck filter option and check out Shipwright.

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#4 posted 02-10-2018 06:59 PM

My experience is that the Wynn’s are worth the money, and their customer service is excellent. The real issue is whether the effective CFM draw from the HF Dust Collector is sufficient. The 0.5/0.3 micron filters require a lot more umph than a 5 or 1 micron bag or canister. The effectiveness of a DC system is more than just ‘stated’ horsepower and ‘stated’ CFM.

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#5 posted 02-11-2018 12:40 AM

Here’s my HF system with Donaldson filter. It works as well as the bigger Wynn filter.
I have since added a super dust deputy and now I don’t get anything at all in my collection bag I am assuming that means that I’m not clogging my filter either. I have bee; using it a lot since and haven’t noticed any suction loss.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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