HF-2 HP Industrial 5 Micron Dust Collector Central Machinery - Item#97869

  • Advertise with us

« back to Power Tools, Hardware and Accessories forum

Forum topic by steve6678 posted 11-29-2012 01:07 AM 6310 views 0 times favorited 17 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View steve6678's profile


438 posts in 2056 days

11-29-2012 01:07 AM

2 HP Industrial 5 Micron Dust Collector
Central Machinery – Item#97869

From Harbor Frieght, is on Sale for $169

3450 2HP Motor 110V
20 amps
1550 CFM
1, 6” Inlet – then a Y to 2, 4” inlets
5 Micron bag

Anyone have one of these or any reliability info?

-- Steve - Dust sucks!

17 replies so far

View Gatorjim's profile


217 posts in 2201 days

#1 posted 11-29-2012 01:11 AM

I don’t have one yet but will be getting one I have heard good reviews on here about them.

-- My theroy in wood working will be. If I'm not enjoying doing it i won't do it.

View BTimmons's profile


2303 posts in 2481 days

#2 posted 11-29-2012 01:16 AM

If you search here on the site, there are lots of folks that have tricked out this unit with a homemade chip separator, better filter, etc. They seem pretty great and I plan to get one.

-- Brian Timmons -

View BTimmons's profile


2303 posts in 2481 days

#3 posted 11-29-2012 01:28 AM

View steve6678's profile


438 posts in 2056 days

#4 posted 11-29-2012 01:33 AM

There is a coupon I got in an email from HF for $169

-- Steve - Dust sucks!

View Howie's profile


2656 posts in 2919 days

#5 posted 11-29-2012 01:35 AM

I’ve been using one for 3 years at least and have no problems. Mine is stock just like it comes from the factory.
Watch the magazines you can usually get this for 149.00. Would I buy another? Yes for sure. One thing I would suggest if you buy one. Get a roll of aluminum tape and seal all the joints on the housing. JMO

-- Life is good.

View syenefarmer's profile


488 posts in 3077 days

#6 posted 11-29-2012 01:37 AM

Buy it,.... you’ll like it.

View RobertT's profile


70 posts in 2777 days

#7 posted 11-29-2012 01:38 AM

Had mine 2 years great machine. I wanted to mod it but it works great out of the box.

View TeamTurpin's profile


85 posts in 2057 days

#8 posted 11-29-2012 02:05 AM

I’ve got one sitting in my little vacuum closet behind the shop. Love it.


View crank49's profile


4030 posts in 2967 days

#9 posted 11-29-2012 02:25 AM

I, too, am a believer. Had mine for 2 1/2 years. Works great.

At some point, especially if you do a search, you will see bunches of suggestions for modifying this unit.
Most suggestions will be to replace the 5 micron bag with a 0.5 micron cartridge. this is a good mod, but will set you back around another $100.

Another popular suggestion is to put a thein separator or dish baffle in the inlet. I don’t think this is such a good idea. I would much rather put a separator in the duct before it connects to the fan. In that position it prevents chips and chunks and screws and nails, etc. from grinding their way through the fan impellor.

But, bottom line, it’s a good little collector and you can almost always get one for less than $150 by getting a coupon out of many of the wood working magazines. Those same ads always have a 20% off coupon that you can apply to the hoses, connectors, and baffles needed to attach the collector to your tools. I got a kit with 20ft of 4” hose, 4 connectors, a couple of slide gates, a bunch of hose clamps and more for less than $35 with the coupon.

By the way, the fan inlet on mine is 5” and that is connected to a wye with two 4” inlets. I don’t think they have changed the inlet size, but it’s possible. More likely they just changed the numbers on the spec sheet or ad. HF normally don’t know what they are selling. I bought a lathe there and the box said #2 morse taper spindle. Their ad, and the spec sheet, and the sales person all told me it was a #1 taper. I took a chuck to the store and tested it. It was a #2 taper.

View steve6678's profile


438 posts in 2056 days

#10 posted 11-29-2012 02:41 AM

@crank 49
do you use it as is, from the box, no mod’s?
I like this unit for the specs especially and the reviews.
I have a Vortex connected to a Shop Vac, all 2 1/2”.
My Jointer is the only machine I have a problem with, I have to take off the 4” shroud – 2”, to empty the duct all through-out the joining process.
The rest of my system, (2 1/2” hose w/blastgates) works fine for the Table Saw, Planer, Router Table, Miter Saw, Drill Press, Down Draft Table, and Orbital Sander.
The Down draft table could benifit from some more suction, I have to split the air between the sander and table, but I still get virtually NO visible dust when I sand, none. Ever since I built an Air Exchanger, I have NO, NONE. Dust on my tools and shelves and such.
The HF Dust Collector has got to be more suction than a 5.5HP Shop Vac and Vortex.
I think I will still use the VORTEX with adapter fittings, it is a solid performer.
I may try and run my 2 1/2” line with the HF 4” DC, with reducers untill I can buy 4” piping. I WILL run 4” dedicated to the Jointer which makes THE MOST chips.

-- Steve - Dust sucks!

View runswithscissors's profile


2751 posts in 2021 days

#11 posted 11-29-2012 08:10 AM

1550 cf is as much air as a 2 h.p. 220volt machine will push (or pull?). I’m surprised they are getting that much performance with a 110 volt motor. If it could be run at 220, I sure would. Otherwise, I’d anticipate the shop lights going dim every time you switch on, maybe take down the whole grid, which will annoy your neighbors. 20 amps is a lot, though I have seen really old motors, back before most people had 220, rated as high as 24 amps. You’d want heavy wiring for that (even for 20 amps); I’d want 10-2 wire to the outlet. Also, except for machines that don’t crank out a lot of dust, I’d go to 4” hose (some guys prefer 6”), especially for a planer and jointer.

-- I admit to being an adrenaline junky; fortunately, I'm very easily frightened

View crank49's profile


4030 posts in 2967 days

#12 posted 11-29-2012 03:45 PM

I use the HF collector as is and did not install the Wynn cartridge filter. I just said it was a good idea because the sub-micron dust is the really nasty stuff that gets in your lungs and stays.

I do not like the noise of a dust collector so it only runs when a machine, table saw, jointer, or whatever, is running. I depend on a shop air filter to catch and remove the fine dust. It only has a 1/4 hp motor and you can’t hear it running all the time.

I don’t have a big drum sander but if I did that would require me to reconsider the cartridge filter for the DC.

Runswithscissors, in an induction motor 2HP is 2HP. Makes no difference whether it’s 120 volts, 240volts, or 480 volts. The amps will go down as the voltage goes up, but the watts and horsepower remain the same.

As far as the inflated ratings of dust collectors, like 1400 CFM, they don’t mean squat. Just a sales gimmick. The CFM rating without a corresponding static pressure is a completely useless number. The HF 2HP collector actually pulls about 500 CFM at 10” static. And so will just about any other collector with the same size fan, same size motor, running at the same RPM. Plus or minus a few % to allow for efficiency of the motors and fit of the impellers in the housings and leakage of air at the joints.

View toolie's profile


2121 posts in 2625 days

#13 posted 11-29-2012 03:54 PM

whatever you get, add a baffle, like this one or a flat thien:

regardless of filter (bag or canister), performance of DC is dramatically improved.

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

View Rex B's profile

Rex B

320 posts in 2247 days

#14 posted 11-29-2012 04:09 PM

FYI, if you use a standard 20% off coupon you can get it for $160 (regular price $200). So I’m not sure why they would send out a coupon for $169.

Or, as others have pointed out, woodworking magazines often have a coupon for $150.

-- Rex

View HalDougherty's profile


1820 posts in 3233 days

#15 posted 11-29-2012 07:52 PM

I’ve had mine for a couple of years now… It was $129 when I bought it and I’ve never regretted the purchase.

-- Hal, Tennessee

showing 1 through 15 of 17 replies

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics