Screeching from HF Central Machinery Dust Collector

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12-25-2013 04:12 PM

Topic tags/keywords: dust collector noise central machinery machine noise harbor freight

Back in September I bought the Central Machinery 2HP Dust Collector. It is doing what all I wanted except when I turn it off it whines down with a horrible screeching noise. I hesitate to start putting grease anywhere. I see on the instructions diagram there is a “packing” washer like thing and wonder if that could be the issue.
The noise is worse than fingernails on a chalkboard and since I am in the attached Garage it just transfers into the house. Ugh!!

Anyone else have or had this problem?

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#1 posted 12-27-2013 12:52 AM

You don’t give us a whole lot of information to go on, but I will give it a whirl. It is possible that the impeller has come loose and moved down the motor shaft and is making contact with the fan casing/cover. When the DC is operating the air is flowing into the center of the fan, which pushes the fan away from the cover—hence you don’t hear the noise. However, when you turn it off, that inward force is no longer there and the fan can move outward toward the cover. If the fan is loose on the motor shaft it could move as I have described above. Another possibiliity is that you have sucked in something that is caught on one of the fan blades, but it only makes contact when the inward air pressure is released.

I would take out the row of screws/bolts around the face of the fan housing and remove the cover. It is a good idea to mark one of the hole positions on the fan case which will make it easier to get it back together. Once you can see the fan you should be able to determine the cause of your mysterious noise.

Let us know what you find.

-- Paul, Auburn, WA

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#2 posted 12-27-2013 12:54 AM

danoaz, the problem is HF… :-)

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#3 posted 12-27-2013 01:02 AM

I think it is sad DKV, when someone makes a request for help that all you can come up with is sarcasm. For someone who uses an avatar depicting the Jesus that I know, this seems like a curious response.

-- Paul, Auburn, WA

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#4 posted 12-27-2013 01:04 AM

Paul, the problem couldn’t be HF?

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#5 posted 12-27-2013 02:49 AM

Mine screeches like a banshee when it’s initially turned on, then goes quiet after a few minutes. I attribute it to being cold, it being winter and all, because it doesn’t screech when it’s warm. I’ve disassembled it a “thousand” times and found nothing wrong. Cold bearings?

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#6 posted 12-27-2013 04:17 AM

junk bearings

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#7 posted 12-27-2013 05:41 AM

Harbor Freight dust collectors generally have good reviews. +1 for what Paul said. I’d also look for a piece of wood that may have gotten lodged between the fan and the motor.

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#8 posted 12-27-2013 04:14 PM

If it is still under their warranty I would return it. It shouldn’t do that. I’ve had mine for years and not had a problem with it other than the switch going out. that was a very easy fix.

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#9 posted 12-27-2013 06:24 PM

I agree with PaulDoug—I have the DC in question and it runs quite quietly, starts quietly and spools down quietly.

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