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bbasiaga

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78 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: harbor freight dust collector

Hey guys. I have the HF 2hp dust collector. The inlet y-shaped piece that fits over the fan inlet casting broke. The fan inlet casting itself is too big for a 4” hose to fit on it. I called HF and they no longer support spare parts for the unit, so that is not an option. Looks like I’m going to have to either try and find one somewhere else or figure out another fitting that works.

I’m hoping someone here can either suggest another place to look for the part, or might know where I can find another fitting that will go over that casting. Right now it is useless….

Thanks,
Brian

-- Part of engineering is to know when to put your calculator down and pick up your tools.


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woodchuckerNJ

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#1 posted 78 days ago

Go and pick up a PVC wye for waste plumbing. It’s the thin wall stuff. That should give you a split back if that’s what you are looking for. If you only need one side, then just get an adapter… Or make one like I do. I take 4” thin walled pipe, cut out a section, use the section as a splice and reglue.
Then I mount it in a 1/2” ring, and take regular pipe and mount that in a 1/2 ring.. then marry the 2 together.
Gives me waste pipe to hose.. No special plastic pipe from wood working stores.

-- Jeff NJ

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kdc68

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#2 posted 78 days ago

The inlet diameter is 5”.....you could get a 5” to 4” reducer like the one posted here…

http://www.grizzly.com/products/5-x-4-Reducer/W1037

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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JAY Made

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#3 posted 78 days ago

I have the one from my HF dust collector that I never used. Just pay for shipping and its yours.

-- We all should push ourselves to learn new skills.

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Ocelot

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#4 posted 77 days ago

I think the main inlet is 6” and the 2 sides of the Y are 4”. I dropped a log on mine and broke it also. I was able to order a replacement part (a year or 2 ago). They stiill sell those, so I’m surprised they don’t have parts now.

While waiting for my replacement part, I fixed the old one with duct tape. I never used the new one. I’m on my wife’s computer so I don’t have a photo of the repair here, but I can post one tomorrow maybe (If I don’t forget).

-Paul

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kdc68

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#5 posted 77 days ago

Ocelot...It is 5”...I have the HF collector. In the picture below (behind the elbow) is a short 5” hose going from the inlet to a separator…

http://lumberjocks.com/projects/99119

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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bbasiaga

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#6 posted 77 days ago

Thanks KDC68…I had seen a fitting like that at Woodcraft, but it specifically says the 5” part is 4 7/8” OD, which will be too small to fit the 4 7/8” OD port on the machine. One reviewer there confirmed it.

The Grizzle one says it is 5” OD, which may work. But the hose end is 4” OD, which is too large to fit inside a 4” dust collection hose.

Why does this have to be so hard?

-- Part of engineering is to know when to put your calculator down and pick up your tools.

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bbasiaga

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#7 posted 77 days ago

wow..several of you guys chimed in while I was posting. Jay, message sent.

I would still like to know if there is a place to find a fitting that will work though. I somehow doubt mine will be the last one that ever breaks.

-Brian

-- Part of engineering is to know when to put your calculator down and pick up your tools.

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woodchuckerNJ

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#8 posted 77 days ago

That 4” od is perfect for waste pipe.

I don’t use flex hose until I get to the machine, everything is hard pipe to avoid adding static pressure.

-- Jeff NJ

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#9 posted 77 days ago

bbasiaga....The Grizzle one says it is 5” OD, which may work. But the hose end is 4” OD, which is too large to fit inside a 4” dust collection hose.

Check the ID of your hose as it is probably 4”. If so, then it should fit over the 4” OD of the reducer…..

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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EastLake

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#10 posted 77 days ago

My local hardware store carries 5” to 4” air duct reducers. Worked perfectly in retrofitting my dust collector to a similar setup as kdc68. Costs about $7 and I just used tek-screws (self piloting sheetmetal screws) to affix it to the 5” port. Voila, 4” hose connection on a 5” port.

-- Mark, Western New York, East Lake Woodcraft

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Wildwood

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#11 posted 77 days ago

Cannot see why cannot get a 6” x 4” inlet Y connector from another supplier if HF no longer carries them. Would check at Woodcraft or Grizzly on price of the actual fitting you need from another manufacturer.

I would visit a heating air conditioning supply store in your area to see if they have galvanized sheet metal fittings that will work. Just bring the old fitting with you. Might also find they can order a 6” x 4” Y inlet fitting for less money.

-- Bill

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hoosier0311

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#12 posted 77 days ago

I broke mine also, repaired it with fiberglass kit from auto zone. The harbor frieght website shows the parts, but my local store doesn’t carry them.

-- I'm only deaf in one ear,,,,,I just can't hear out of the other one., Denny, Indiana implant, living in PA

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WoodNDust

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#13 posted 77 days ago

I’d either make exactly what you need like woodchuckerNJ or take the advice of several in this thread and go to an HVAC or BIG box store for a reducer fitting. And I would take the old part with me to match.

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Ocelot

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#14 posted 77 days ago

It was a couple of years ago, and I may be mis-remembering, but I thought it was 6 in with 2×4 in.

By the way, if you don’t have an outfeed table, it’s probably a good idea to pull heavy logs through the bandsaw instead of pushing them!

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crank49

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#15 posted 77 days ago

Ditto going to HVAC shops for fittings. They probably have scrap parts laying around you can have. Ignore references to 6” fittings, however. The HF fan inlet is 5”. That is FIVE inches. It is possible that you could open it up to 6” but I suspect that would overload 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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