|Forum topic by Kenny||posted 02-09-2012 09:18 PM||5871 views||1 time favorited||50 replies|
02-09-2012 09:18 PM
I have a decent size basement shop and I am looking to pick up a dust collector. I am on a major budget and simply do not have a lot of money to spend.
The unit I am looking at, more out of lack of funding and there being nothing else comparable in size and cfm for anywhere near the same price, is the Harbor Freight #97869 2hp dust collector. It is rated at 1550cfm (a bit over-rated in all likelihood) and runs on standard 120v current, which is another big plus as I only have 120v in my shop at this time. Though I do have 2 dedicated circuits and 3 others that are “shared” with other parts of the house that don’t see much current draw. I can also acquire this unit for about $150 plus shipping with a coupon, or simply pick it up and save the shipping fee. That’s a lot less than any comparable collector by far!
One reason why I am not deterred by the fact it is made by HF, is the great customer service I have received from them and their optional 2 year replacement warranty. And in my experience, they don’t hassle you at all should you have an issue at any point.
Link to the unit below:
I have read many favorable reviews on them, and the guy From Eagle Lake Woodworking (he does YouTube videos, etc.) uses this same collector.
First, does anyone have any really negative comments on this collector, other than that fact that Harbor Freight makes and sells it?
Second, how long of a run of pvc will I be able to use before I notice a significant drop in suction?
I ask as my router table is about 14’ from where the collector will be. The rest of the tools are all within a 10’ circle, so those won’t be long at all.
Third, can I reduce the hose down to a large “shop-vac” size hose and use things like my floor attachment, or should I buy a dedicated 4” “floor sweep” attachment?
and last, how long should I limit the flex hose at the end of a run to retain as much performance as possible?
If anyone has any other tips or comments to make, feel free. I’m open to suggestions, as this is my first real collector.
However, please refrain from telling me I need to spend $350 on some big name collector, as I simply do not have the money, nor can I really afford to “save up”, as I have other machines and tools I would like (and need) to buy in the near future. So this is basically “it”, unless I can find something for the same price or just a small amount more.