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Forum topic by hoosier0311 posted 654 days ago 597 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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I have outgrown my shop vac type system. Time to move up to something better. I see Harbor frieght has a two horse modle very reasonably priced,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,but I’m a bit leary of harbor frieght stuff. Does anyone have any first hand knowledge of the HF model?
next anyone have a recommendation for one?

Thanks in advance for your input.

-- I'm only deaf in one ear,,,,,I just can't hear out of the other one., Denny, Indiana implant, living in PA

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#1 posted 654 days ago

I is goin with the grizzly wall mount dust collectors and blowing it outside into a trash can but I live on a farm Grizzly is having a sale on dust collectors it’s the christmas sale check that out they have good collection

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#2 posted 654 days ago

I have it and have no complaints. If you pick up Wood Magazine (there may be others as well), they usually have a coupon for one at $149. I added a Thein top-hat setup to mine to help filter out the dust, and I plan to add a Wynn cartridge filter at some point. It works well enough if you don’t mind moving the hose around your shop. If you want to go with a dedicated, ducted system you may want to go with something a little more powerful.

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#3 posted 654 days ago

I don’t have a Harbor Freight dust collector, but a lot of LJ’s do and the reviews/comments are generally very strong.

Many LJ’s outfit them with cannister-type filters from Wynn ( ).

For the money, I don’t see how you could go wrong.


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#4 posted 654 days ago

I like mine although I only use it on the planer right now. I still like a shop vac under my TS. My tools get moved around too much for a DC run to each of them.

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#5 posted 654 days ago

The 2 HP HF DC is really well regarded, and generally shows up as one of the “gems” for HF. If you compare it to other brands, be sure to compare things like motor amps and impeller size as opposed to any funky HF ratings.

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#6 posted 654 days ago

You will like upgrading from the shop vac, no matter what you settle on.

Like the other posts, many have gotten the HF and put the Wynn on it and seem totally pleased.

When I upgraded from the shop vac, I got a cannister DC from Penn State which has worked great for me.

I found that using one of those trashcan separators worked great for my machines that generate a lot of sawdust in a short bit of time, like at the start of a project when I am batch milling on jointer, planer, and TS.

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