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Forum topic by Craftsman on the lake posted 12-04-2013 11:13 PM 1392 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-04-2013 11:13 PM

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After about 5 years being here at LJ’s and the building of my shop I am at the point of a complete remodel. I’ve finished a bunch of stuff here since my first project years ago. I’m just about finishing the complete remodel of the inside of my home. The shop needs some attention now. I’m pulling out all my tools from the wall, cleaning everything starting at the ceiling and walls. I’m going to change a bunch of stuff too including my dust collection ducting.

For now I have a question:
I’m planning on routing my ductwork across the ceiling instead of along the wall. My Delta dust collector has the motor on top and the intake underneath, below it. Is there any harm in turning the unit upside down or at least on it’s side? I’m wondering if the bearings are made to work in that orientation. I’m not concerned about the rest of the unit. I’m actually going to take it off it’s stand and wall mount it with a sort of rebuild of bag and filter. It’s only their 1 hp model but I’ve had little issues with it’s suction. So, orientation change okay or not?

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#1 posted 12-05-2013 12:21 AM

I can’t speak to the Delta unit but…..

Myself and many a LJ have reoriented the 2HP Harbor Freight DC, with no repercussions that I know of.

Generally, bearings are designed to withstand forces in only one direction, either axially or radially. Providing adequate support for motor and blower housing should make a reorientation successful. The bearing MAY wear out prematurely, but they usually are not that expensive or difficult to replace. I say go for it!!!

Good luck…..

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#2 posted 12-05-2013 12:47 AM

go for it … no problem

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#3 posted 12-05-2013 03:03 AM

what model DC is it? there are a few deltas that are designed to be inverted.

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#4 posted 12-05-2013 04:13 AM

I inverted my Delta and have had no problems. In fact, I believe the manual showed how to mount it both ways.

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Fred Hargis

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#5 posted 12-05-2013 12:47 PM

The point about the bearings is true enough, but like so many things: in a hobbyist shop it doesn’t matter as much. Go ahead, you’ll be OK.

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#6 posted 12-05-2013 05:12 PM

The Delta dust collector that can have the motor placed on the top or the bottom will have zero premature bearing wear regardless of the orientation of the motor. I too have contemplated this switch, but now I’m saving for a 3hp cyclone to mount on the wall.

-- "Lack of effort will result in failure with amazing predictability" - Me

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#7 posted 12-06-2013 12:23 AM

if the motor is mounted vertically I don’t see where it would be a problem whether it is up or down.

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#8 posted 12-06-2013 01:14 AM

been to several electric motor factory’s in my career … will not make a hill of beans

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#9 posted 12-06-2013 08:40 PM

I have a Delta duct collector and the instructions show how to set it up upside-down and right-side-up. I guess it depends on the model #.

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