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Forum topic by Rich Ulibarri posted 137 days ago 758 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Rich Ulibarri

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137 days ago

First let me say, I have read a significant number of postings related to dust collection and they have really helped in my decisions. I decided to purchase the 2HP Harbor Freight Dust Collector, that for the most part is highly recommended. I found a coupon in “Wood” magazine and got it for $149.00, so far it a pretty hard deal to beat, at least for the system that I require, which is really small. That being said, I would still like to upgrade to a filter (possibly Wynn 35a or other) and I would like to include a cyclone separator (possibly Super Dust Deputy).

I am space challenged, I am ok with that and in my own mind I have some plans to account for that, but it will take me some time to see if my mind is fooling the rest of me – Haha – and as I upgrade my shop, based on my space issues, I will submit photos.

Becasue of my lack of space, I hope I am not asking for too much, I am wondering if anyone who has experience with “bedazzling” (I have a 12 year old daughter) their HF 2HP dust collection system.

There are several blogs with photos for a Wynn 35a. Thank You! If you have a different filter, could you send some photos and let me know your satifsfaction level?

Also, if you have a cyclone separator (Dust Deputy or other), could you submit/ send some photos and let me know your experiences with that.

Thanks All! I look forward to any information you can provide.


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#1 posted 137 days ago

There are several good ideas that members here have posted in the past. As a matter of fact, after I finish up the two projects I have going in the shop, this is my next target to tackle. Check it out. Heres another from a fellow LJer. I know Jay from Jays custom creations built one as well. Then there is the Stumpy Nubs beast of a cyclone where he used two Harbor Frieght dust collector motors in tandem.


-- "Nothing happens until you build it"

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The Box Whisperer

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#2 posted 137 days ago

If you use the search function you will find hours or even days of reading on this very website. Some of the boys have put together some pretty slick rigs. Heres mine, the Death Star. Its not yet complete but it is…..”fully functional”.

-- "despite you best efforts and your confidence that your smarter and faster than a saw blade at 10k rpm…. your not …." - Charles Neil

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#3 posted 137 days ago

First things first….
Welcome to Lumberjocks!!!

I did a blog about my Thein Top Hat pre-separator….

I also did a blog on “Hot Rodding” My 2HP HF DC….

I hope these help!
You found the best, err GREATEST site, for wood working, on the entire World Wide Web….

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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Shawn Masterson

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#4 posted 137 days ago

Super Dust Deputy. It may be a good product, but I feel that $180 for a piece of molded plastic is just to high. If I had to do it over again I would go with a Thien setup.

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The Box Whisperer

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#5 posted 137 days ago

I couldnt choke the price of the super dust deputy either. I went with the veritas clear 4” cyclone lid and that hurt enough as it was. I will say, I am thrilled with its performance on the 45 gallon drum.

-- "despite you best efforts and your confidence that your smarter and faster than a saw blade at 10k rpm…. your not …." - Charles Neil

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Matt Rogers

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#6 posted 137 days ago

I have this collector and the following applies only to those without a separator before the collector. I cut out the guard that goes across the inlet to prevent it from clogging and after three years of sucking up quite a number of large pieces of hardwood through the impeller, it is still in brand new condition. So if you are getting clogs, then don’t hesitate to open up the inlet and let those long stringy pieces and larger chunks just go right on through.

-- Matt Rogers,

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#7 posted 136 days ago

Rich, Scott linked to my project in his post. Thanks Scott! I can tell you my Thien baffle is VERY efficient. Almost nothing gets into my bag (except when I forget to empty my seperator). The separator can will fill all the way to the top before anything escapes to the bag. I would suggest building a Thien baffle.

-- Todd, Huntsville, AL

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Gene Howe

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#8 posted 136 days ago

Also space challenged so, did this.

Here’s the separator. Only a miniscule amount of dust escapes.

-- 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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#9 posted 136 days ago

Recently changed over to plastic Super Dust Deputy on my HF + Wynn set up. Couldn’t be happier with the results. That unit is dedicated to the lathe and 1 bandsaw. Fine dust collection into the drum and not the filter is noticeable. Every else goes to a 2hp Grizzly with filter and a metal Oneida with the old style taller drum.

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#10 posted 136 days ago

Click for details
My setup keeps my filter clean much longer than before but if you are limited on space it probably won’t work for you.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#11 posted 136 days ago

Mine is in a cramped spot, not perfect, but it works for me.
I made a chip separator (which works great) by attaching the connectors sold by Rockler to a 30 gallon translucent drum. I can see the level in the drum. :-)

I also bought the Wynn 35a filter which also works great.
Hope this helps.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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