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Forum topic by Bill1225 posted 11-21-2011 02:12 AM 2973 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-21-2011 02:12 AM

any opinions on budget dust collectors only have a budget of $500 either im going to go real cheap and get a cyclon when i have the budget or get a middle of the road and live with it. Any ideas or opinions?

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#1 posted 11-21-2011 02:20 AM

I have a 1 hp delta that is…..just barely acceptable. Have a HF 2 hp that has been very reliable. I’d buy another in a flash if I needed it. BTW, the HF was cheaper that the Delta.
Just my $.02.

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#2 posted 11-21-2011 04:08 AM

I picked up a Jet 1hp unit for $50 on CraigsList … put a Penn State canister on it. It’s OK to hookup to individual machines.

If I were going to plumb a system (maybe in my next shop!), I think I’d go with a Harbor Freight 2hp in conjunction with a Thien separator.


-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#3 posted 11-21-2011 05:29 AM

I have a HF 2HP DC that seems to do a good job for me, Im new to wood working so this is the only dc i have ever been around, so i have nothing to compare it to. I added a thien separator and did away with as much flex hose as i could to help air flow. Been thinking about adding a wynn filter but im not sure if it will increase suction or not, Here’s a few pic’s

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#4 posted 11-21-2011 06:48 AM

I have the 2 HP HF DC with the Wynn 35A and a shop built Thien Cyclone separator. It works very well, when I remember to turn it on. (I need more power in my shop…)

HF DC $150, Wynn 35A canister filter $165.00 after S&H (spun bond poly) and stuff to build a Thien Cyclone, $30.00

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#5 posted 11-21-2011 09:30 AM

We have a similar setup to “dbhost” but, with trashcan pre-separator. We wanted portability so built a larger deck with casters and installed the HF DC (still mounted on it’s original base) and the trashcan pre-separator. The Wynn 35A nano filter cartridge works well as was worth the price. Have had the pre-separator since day one and after emptying the 30 gallon trash can several times have only about 2-3 inches of material in the lower bag which has never been emptied.

-- Rick Gustafson - Lost Creek Ranch - Colorado County, Texas

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#6 posted 11-21-2011 01:27 PM

Harbor Freight all the way with the setup Rick shows above. Be sure to get the Wynn filter… it is well worth the investment.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#7 posted 11-21-2011 02:12 PM

The HF 2HP is a good choice. Mine is set up like Ricks….minus the bags. I run mine directly through the wall to the outside.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#8 posted 11-21-2011 04:51 PM

Another vote for HF

-- Bryan

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#9 posted 11-21-2011 11:11 PM

Well it looks like Harbor Freight makes at least one thing that everyone thinks is a good deal. I would have to say that when I get a space big enough to install a DC it will be the HF.

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#10 posted 11-21-2011 11:19 PM


The HF DC goes on sale all the time. Got mine about two plus years ago and it was on sale for $139.00 plus they let me use my 20% coupon off that. Spent more on the Wynn filter cartidfe that the DC. The deck I installed everything on was made from scrap and put some heavt duty 4” casters on it that I already had. makes it very portable.

Good Luck!

-- Rick Gustafson - Lost Creek Ranch - Colorado County, Texas

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#11 posted 11-22-2011 03:12 AM

well i broke my budget and orderd a grizzly polar bear roll around 1 1/2hp cyclon

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#12 posted 11-22-2011 03:16 AM

atta boy Bill !!! Thats the true LJ in you … “if i just eat hot dogs for 2 months and only drink Tang I can buy (insert tool here)” Ring it up good man! Congrats.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#13 posted 11-22-2011 02:40 PM

Congratulations on the new tool, Bill. I would be very interested to know your impressions of it when you eventually have it up and running. I am looking at the Shop Fox model (pretty much the same machine I believe) and will potentially buy it in December when it will be on sale at the local dealer.

-- Stuart

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