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Forum topic by brownred posted 11-18-2012 09:51 PM 838 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-18-2012 09:51 PM

Hello all, Im new here and after giving up woodworking about 10 years ago I have the bug to get back into it. This time I am going to do it right and get a dust collector. I have heard that Harbor Freight has a good 2 hp for about $199. I am wondering it it is worth the money and is there any coupons out there the get it any cheaper.
Idf there are any other dust collectors out there that you think are good, I would like to hear about them.


-- Phil in Sutallee Georgia

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#1 posted 11-18-2012 10:22 PM

Harbor Freight almost always has a 20% off coupon. Go to their website. Sometimes they have coupons for that DC for $149. Go to a bookstore and browse the woodworkers magazines for that coupon.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#2 posted 11-18-2012 11:25 PM

In my opinion the HF 2hp collector is identical to the 2hp collectors sold by at least 4 other better known (and more expensive) brands.

I have had one for two years and it works great.

It is a PITA to assemble and the instructions are useless and missleading. Good idea to have a few spare screws etc. because sometimes they will short ship a few or send the wrong size.

If I was building this again I would reinforce the sheet metal base with some 3/4 plywood and use my own bolts and screws (inch based) to put it all together. Would have to drill out some of the holes like from 6mm to 5/16 to use a 1/4” bolt, for example. And use lock washers, or locktite, because the nuts tend to vibrate off.

-- Michael: Hillary has a long list of accomplishments, though most DAs would refer to them as felonies.

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#3 posted 11-18-2012 11:52 PM

The HF 2HP DC is a gem. There are two upgrades that should be considered:
1) Add a Wynn Enviromental 35A Canister filter, to save your lungs!
2) Install a Thein Top Hat pre-seperator prior to the impeller) to save the impeller & filter.

-- 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 11-19-2012 04:17 AM

or add an internal baffle to the unit to save space:

it doesn’t help things avoid the impeller, but it dramatically maintains airflow by sending more material down to the collection bag rather than up into the filter.

-- there's a solution to every just have to be willing to find it.

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#5 posted 11-19-2012 12:16 PM

Thanks everyone.i don’t know a thing about dust collection or the accessories just mentioned but I’m defiantly going to research it.

One more question, it says that this DC is…2 HP, 120 volt, 60 Hz, 20 amp peak. All my fuses are 15 amp. Does this mean that I’m going to have an electrician put in a 220 line to run this thing?

-- Phil in Sutallee Georgia

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#6 posted 11-19-2012 12:24 PM

1 HP = 746 watts. 2 HP = 1492 watts.

watts divided by volts equals amps (P/V=A)

1492W / 120V = 12.4333333333333 amps.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#7 posted 11-20-2012 01:42 AM

brownred, “Thanks everyone.i don’t know a thing about dust collection or the accessories just mentioned but I’m defiantly going to research it.”

Check out Bill Pentz web site for everything you ever wanted to know and more.

-- Art

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