|Forum topic by pendledad||posted 03-11-2013 02:34 PM||1149 views||0 times favorited||20 replies|
03-11-2013 02:34 PM
I went to HF yesterday with my 20% coupon in hand. I was going to pick up the 2hp dust collector for $199 – 20% coupon = $159. The two boxes they had in stock were severely damaged. So much so that I wouldn’t bother buying one and bringing it the 3 miles back to my house because I was 90% certain there would have been at least 1 thing smashed to pieces. That said, I did take some time to check out the unit on display… I wasn’t very impressed.
Granted I know this DC is sub $200 and it has surprisingly good reviews, but I just couldn’t help but feel like I was going to break it. The bars that hold up the bags were flimsy and felt like I would snap them off if I touched them with any force. The stand had a little bit of rust on it where the motor was bolted … again, not inspiring a lot of confidence. The stand was also warped pretty bad, must have been damaged like the other two in stock. Maybe this just wasn’t setup correctly? Maybe the bolts weren’t snugged down tightly?
Am I just finding issues that aren’t really issues? Does anyone have experience with HF vs other brands? I was thinking about the design of this DC and how it makes more sense to have a solid pipe connecting the blower to the filer/bag. Dust loves grooves as witnessed by my G1023RL with no dust collector hooked up to it. Solid connection examples like this or this ... or does this just not matter much?
At this point, the difference between $175 for HF or $350 for Grizzly doesn’t matter to me. I just want to make sure I’m getting the right tool for the job with good build quality. I’ve also seen some CL finds … Dustek for $700 (seemed like a good deal, but it is 7.5hp 3ph), lots of smaller Delta/Jet/General for the $200-$400 range.