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02-06-2012 12:31 AM

Lots of post about all the time consuming/high tech/low tech/venting issues about the HF DC. I just added good bags from Highland. What am I missin’? My shop is pretty dust free except from what I kick up from non-collected tooling.
OK, I empty the bags…..........Big deal.
Not tryin’ to sound like a smarty, and I don’t have a production shop.
Do I equate this to measuring to within .000005”?
I open the doors, turn on the fans, ambient cleaner, and use the DC.


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#1 posted 02-06-2012 12:46 AM

You need a cartridge filter from Wynn, this is what you are missing

Then if you want even better, you modify you HF Dc as I did mine, it rocks:

-- Bert

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#2 posted 02-06-2012 01:00 AM

You really do need to get your microns down as low as you can IF you have the lobstrosity IN the shop taking up space and making lots of noise. So it is really how high YOU set the bar and what YOU want to accomplish.

I already had a closet on an outside wall, so good for me. If I hadn’t, believe me one would have been built. I don’t want to see the DC, hear the DC or have to fool with filters. Further, I refused to cover the walls and ceiling of my shop with collector runs… looking like a plumber or a HVAC duct fabricator tried to win a contest.

Rockler Dust right… to separator… to DC motor only… and what remains (nothing) blows outside.

I am not easily rocked, I guess.

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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#3 posted 02-06-2012 01:44 AM

Like b2rtch said, your missing the cartridge filter!

I still need to “Hot Rod” my 2HP HF DC. But I DID upgrade to the Wynn 35A274NANO cartidge filter and added a Long Ranger III remote. Still need to construct a “Top Hat” Thein Baffle Separator and install 4” metal ducting. I’m also repurposing a variable speed, squirrle cage furnace blower and making an ambient air cleaner.

How efficient you want to clear the air you breath is your call. I just want full lung function for as long as possible, but that could just be me.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#4 posted 02-06-2012 02:24 AM

I agree with the posts above. Get a Wynn filter you won’t regret it.

A primary separater will keep you from buying bags and having chunks of wood hitting the impeller. I still have the original chip bag on my Delta after two years of use.

-- 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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#5 posted 02-06-2012 06:41 AM

Besides all the great advice here concerning your dust collector, install a filtration unit for the air born dust too.
There are a variety of theses available and I use the Jet AFS-1000B. Does miracles with the tiny air born particules.

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#6 posted 02-06-2012 08:08 AM

I vent my dust out side into a barrel ,no filter needed.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#7 posted 02-06-2012 05:03 PM

I did not include in my original post that I do have an ambient air cleaner, and that my HF unit has felted bags top and bottom.
The Ridgid vac has one of the good quality filters as well.


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#8 posted 02-06-2012 06:55 PM

Many of the guys that have responded to you live in a climate where they can’t open the door and blow everything outdoors 11 or 12 months a year. I think the dust that kills us is the dust we don’t see. We inhale it into your lungs and that is the very thing the human body cannot expel.

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#9 posted 02-07-2012 05:50 AM

Living in a subdivision isn’t so nice for the some woodworkers either. I keep doors and windows closed whenever I’m running noisy equipment to forestall any possible complaints. Dust collection has to be really good or I’ll spend hours inside of a dust cloud.

-- See my work at and

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