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Forum topic by seabiscuit posted 10-14-2011 01:33 AM 1542 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-14-2011 01:33 AM

I am purchasing a new dust collector. From my understanding, it comes with almost nothing (except some bags).

This is the Harbor Freight 2 HP one and I plan on getting a 1 micron bag from amazon for $35 or so.

What else should I get? Is there a good starter kit that has some hoses and such? What is needed? I plan on only using it on one tool at a time and moving the hose from tool to tool.
I have a band saw with a dust collector port and a router with a port.
I also have a table saw with no port, a miter saw with no port.

What would I need to get up and running?


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#1 posted 10-14-2011 02:12 AM

I’ve found the linked reducer/connector to be handy. Most of my machines have a 2.25/2.50” dust port. Of course, my DC has a 4” hose, so this accessory is a must…..especially at the $3.99 price.
I had to wrap some duct tape around the connector nozzle so it would fit a couple machines with 2.5” ports.

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#2 posted 10-14-2011 02:33 AM

I’m a big fan of Rockler’s Dust Right system. The link below takes you to the starter system. You’ll probably need to add to that. I have a port on each of 7 different machines and it is relatively easy to move the flexible and expandable hose from one to the other.

As an FYI, I did some custom work so the port at the back of my TS connects to a hose that connects to a port that is in front of the TS. I did the same thing to connect to my miter saw. The result is 7 ports that are relatively close together and it is easy to move from one to the other.

Also – I don’t know much about your DC, but if it is a single stage (common) you will really want a cyclone separator to catch the heavier particles before the hit the whirling blades.

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

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#3 posted 10-14-2011 02:36 AM

One more – - I really like having a remote control to turn my DC on and off. It may sound like a frivolous idea, but it sure is handy. I always keep my remote control in my pocket and I can turn the DC on and off very conveniently.

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

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#4 posted 10-14-2011 03:08 AM

i know both woodcraft and grizzly has starter kits for dust collectors. I’m sure other retailers have the same.

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#5 posted 10-15-2011 03:59 PM

Anyone tried the harbor freight accessory pack. $40 and comes with 2 hoses, 2 blast gates, a bunch of clamps, and some other stuff….

Also…still haven’t heard any ideas for table saw dust collection.


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#6 posted 10-15-2011 04:01 PM

@ richgreer

I can’t really visualize your custom table saw setup

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#7 posted 10-15-2011 06:17 PM

Rich has some good advice. Get a separator, I use one that fits on a steel 35 gal trash can. Well worth it. There are pics on my shop page.

If you are not hard piping then a quick disconnect works good. Woodcraft or Rockler have squeeze clamps. I would also get the good clear hose if you are moving from tool to tool. The remote start is WELL worth the money. Watch for a sale.

-- Mike.... West Virginia. "Man is a tool using animal. Without tools he is nothing, with tools he is all.". T Carlyle

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#8 posted 10-16-2011 07:47 AM

Build a base under the TS to add a dust port, its definitely a huge improvement. If you look around there are lots of builds for that.

For the separator build a Thien baffle, they just work (better than most of the commercial offerings in this class)

Go with the biggest hoses you can to the tool (note that the HF is really limited to 5” or maybe 6”, but 6” seems to be pushing it). I run 5” out of my baffle and its just barely enough for some tools (I’d actually like a few more cfm.. but not complaining for what I have invested).

For the filter if you can swing it price wise get the Wynn 35A, this is a hepa and actually improves the airflow a fair bit because of the greater surface area (the guys at wynn environmental are great to deal with as well)

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#9 posted 11-04-2011 12:50 AM

I know I’m late to the discussion, but I just now found it.

I bought the HF acessory kit when I bought my HF collector. It’s not bad. Had several extra parts I didn’t need, like an adapter to connect the hose to the bottom of a contractor saw, but pack rat that I am, I’m sure they will come in handy some day.

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#10 posted 11-04-2011 10:34 PM

@ Crank49

That is what I ended up doing. Works well for what I’m doing. Mounted the table saw “hood” under my table saw with some Velcro. Gets about 90% of the dust. Using the blast gates too and both hoses. Seems like a good deal considering it was the same price as one hose on amazon.

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