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12-29-2012 08:58 PM

Hello gents… I just finished putting my HF dust collector together. Small shop (about 20×24) is in my basement so dust control is an absolute. I need some 4 inch hose to run to run from the DC to the power tools. The 5 inch hose that came with the DC seems to be decent stuff, pretty smooth inside and flexibil too. HF sells 4 inch hose on line, but I don’t know if it’s the same type that came with the DC. Anyone using the 4 inch hose from HF? Is there a better product out there, that won’t break the bank?

I’ll check back in later. I’m leaving to go pick up a few supplies to fab a Thein type pre-collector :o)

Thanks in advance for feed back on this!!

Bill

-- Bill, central NY...no where near the "big apple"


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#1 posted 12-29-2012 09:09 PM

Bill, I bought some 4” hose from grizzly, bought out a shop with 3 or 4 different kinds of 4” hose, I have some 4” pvc and some 4” metal duct type. It may take a little fiddling, but you can usually make it all go together.

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#2 posted 12-29-2012 09:19 PM

The 4” clear hose from Harbor Freight is very good. There isn’t really anything “better” to be found. Would be even better if they sold it in store or had free shipping…

-- David - Tucson, AZ

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#3 posted 12-29-2012 10:57 PM

Don – I’m used to fiddling around to make things work, been doing it most of my life. I’m confident that once I get all the parts/pieces together, it’ll work…. hopefully work well !!

LeChuck – thanks for that info. I never had a DC before. Used to have the shop in my unfinished 3 car garage. I’d do what I needed/wanted to do, then use a leaf blower and or shop vack for clean up. I recently bought a house with no garage so now I’m exploring new terratory with this dust collection thing.

Got back from the box store a while ago, looking at parts for the Thein and lines for the DC system. Left with no material, but lots of questions. I think it’s best to get the hose first, then move forward with the rest. Plus I’ll surf LJ a some more and see what others have done. This is a great site, lots of info for a DC newbie !!

Thanks again for the feed back.

Bill

-- Bill, central NY...no where near the "big apple"

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#4 posted 12-29-2012 11:24 PM

I doubt that an overated HF 2 hp dust collector has enough CFM to run a ducted system, especially with a separator.

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#5 posted 12-29-2012 11:29 PM

SawSucker, why would a separator make it worse? I was under the impression that it makes it more efficient when it comes to CFM and suction.

I have a HF DC with a thien baffle that is exhausted to the outside of my garage and it performed better, not worse.

-- Mike Minneapolis, MN

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#6 posted 12-29-2012 11:32 PM

Adding a separator is like adding more ducting to your system. I use a Thien separator with a 1 1/2 hp DC, but I don’t use a ducted system, I go from machine to machine with the hose.

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#7 posted 12-29-2012 11:39 PM

Rockler currently has their 4” hose, 10’ for $19.99 on sale. It’s highly rated on their site and I just picked some up this morning but haven’t used it yet. Worth a look/try.

-- Matt, Illinois, http://www.reintroducing.com

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#8 posted 12-29-2012 11:43 PM

Well SawSucker, the HF DC is not really over rated to me, as I have done enough research on it to realize it prolly isn’t 2 hp, given the amps it draws. As far as the ducted system my plan is to run a single 4” over head line from the DC to a given spot in the shop, and as all my heavier tools are on casters, plan is to move tools to the DC line, as needed.

Michael J – I also plan to duct outside. Cleaner shop air in the long run, and should provide for better air flow….least that’s what I figure/hope.

-- Bill, central NY...no where near the "big apple"

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#9 posted 12-29-2012 11:46 PM

I go from machine to machine with the hose

See that…great minds think alike….kind of.

-- Bill, central NY...no where near the "big apple"

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#10 posted 12-30-2012 12:10 AM

If you have a Menards that is nearby they sale 4”hose plus other components.

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#11 posted 12-30-2012 12:10 AM

I picked up mine from woodcraft on sale. Got two gates and a 10’ hose along with a fitting for the end of the hose to make it slip in and out of tools, think I spent about 40.00 for all of it. I also plan on picking up a 2.5” hose to go to tools that use that size from Lowes or HD and have a 4->2.5” adapter for the collector that came with another tool.

-- --Rev. Russ in NY-- A posse ad esse

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#12 posted 12-30-2012 12:38 AM

Most true 2 hp motors require 240v, not 120v like the HF does. Right there alone tells me that the hp is over rated, plus the fact that it has such a small impeller. You get what you pay for, it’s Harbor Freight what do you expect ?

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#13 posted 12-30-2012 12:52 AM

Most true 2 hp motors require 240v, not 120v like the HF does. Right there alone tells me that the hp is over rated, plus the fact that it has such a small impeller. You get what you pay for, it’s Harbor Freight what do you expect ?

See post #8

-- Bill, central NY...no where near the "big apple"

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#14 posted 12-30-2012 12:59 AM

You need to go to Bil lPentz website and read about Dust Collection http://billpentz.com

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#15 posted 12-30-2012 02:47 AM

Sawsucker, I agree that the HF DC is not really 2 HP. But I’ve had DC’s that cost double to triple the $119 that I paid for mine and it was garbage by comparison.

-- Mike Minneapolis, MN

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