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exterminate

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548 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: harbor freight dust collector impeller

Long story short – clean up your loose tools before using the dust collector to get the rest of the sawdust, or you may ruin your impeller, as well as your pants.

The unit still works, but sounds like shit, and doesn’t suck as well. I’ve tried to straighten the blades out, but only had limited success.

Anyway, I need to replace the impeller. Anyone ever try to put a larger impeller on the HF unit? If so, do you have a source? If not, I’ll just replace it with manufacturer parts.

Thanks in advance!
David

-- Albert Einstein - "I'd rather be an optimist and a fool than a pessimist and right."


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cutworm

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#1 posted 548 days ago

Darn. Hate that. Sorry man.

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GaryL

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#2 posted 548 days ago

Wow!! I bet that was better than caffeine for waking you up.
Good luck on the repair.

-- Gary; Marysville, MI...Involve your children in your projects as much as possible, the return is priceless.

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Grandpa

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#3 posted 548 days ago

you will never be able to straighten it and make it work right. Sorry to hear about your problem but you will need to order some parts from someone.

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JoeinGa

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#4 posted 548 days ago

YIKES!

*note to self… If I ever get a dust collection system up and running, remember to NEVER do this!

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exelectrician

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#5 posted 548 days ago

Been there done that, time for you to get a thien or cyclone type of separator before the dust hits the fan. That way your tape measure get full of dust and nothing much else happens. I would not put a larger fan on because that would overload the motor and then you will have another can of worms.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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Mark

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#6 posted 548 days ago

+1 for exelectrician. Not trying to hi-jack a thread, but when did you bail EX. I started the 7 day weekend last Jan. after 38 yrs. Quite pleased, after all those years and I never blew my self up.

-- Mark

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#7 posted 548 days ago

Would not have been a problem if you had a drop out box, or cyclone in front of the fan.

I would not try to change the impeller size. Very likely to fry the motor.

-- Michael :-{| “If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.” ― A H

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Gene Howe

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#8 posted 547 days ago

Sort of a hint to put ANY kind of separator ahead of the impeller.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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exelectrician

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#9 posted 547 days ago

Mark,

I bailed at age 67 with 51 years (including apprenticeship) experience. I had one huge arc flash burn episode with 2 weeks in the burn unit at age 29, as soon as I was able I went right back to work. Slowly getting more and more into electronics and machine control.

I am soo happy being retired. Woodwork, gardening and keep fit regimen, takes up all my time.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#10 posted 547 days ago

One of the few times the story sucks because it doesn’t suck.

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Jim Finn

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#11 posted 547 days ago

I have screens on the inlets of all my dust collection ports (7 of them)

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#12 posted 547 days ago

That sucks, as they say… Sorry you have to do repairs, though.

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exterminate

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#13 posted 547 days ago

Thanks for the replies guys. When it hit, I thought the shoud was going to turn into shrapnel! My wife came running out to make sure I wasn’t hurt. Sounds like I’ll be calling the manufacturer for a replacement. Don’t want to overload the motor. Thought maybe it could handle it, but probably not. And, a seperator is definately in order. Just need to figure out a compact way to do it. Perhaps screens like jim suggests in the meantime. Thanks again for the advice!

-- Albert Einstein - "I'd rather be an optimist and a fool than a pessimist and right."

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bondogaposis

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#14 posted 547 days ago

What’s the tape look like?

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#15 posted 547 days ago

If you don’t mind, I’m curious how much they charge for the replacement impeller.

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