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Forum topic by natenaaron posted 06-04-2014 06:46 PM 898 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-04-2014 06:46 PM

A local business has sold out because the husband died. It was obvious I could have gotten the dust collector for a lot less than what I did but I just did not feel right doing that to the widow. Word has it she will have a struggle. So now I own a 1 hp delta dust collector. I know I should put a 2 hp motor on it but was wondering if it was necessary? The next question is should I build a thein (sp) separator, or get a dust deputy?

I don’t do a lot of wood work, just hobby stuff, and I don’t mind rolling it around right now between the few tools I have.

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#1 posted 06-04-2014 07:08 PM

Putting a 2 HP motor on it isn’t going to do much unless the current motor is overloading (drawing too many amps). Here’s why: the current motor is spinning the impeller at 3600 RPM (or whatever) and that’s the most air the thing will move. Put a larger motor on it and that same impeller will spin at (ta-da) 3600 RPM (or whatever), assuming it’s a 3600 RPM motor. I’d suggest you build a Then and try it out, see if you’re happy with the performance and go from there.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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#2 posted 06-05-2014 01:35 AM

I’d suggest you build a Then and try it out

a pre-separator with a thein baffle will probably rob more suction than the unit (probably 650cfm) can tolerate. if it’s an ap400, i’d sell it for at least something in the league of a 50-850.

-- there's a solution to every just have to be willing to find it.

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#3 posted 06-05-2014 08:29 PM

Well that is a bummer. Guess I’ll wait for a 20% off coupon and get the HF one.

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#4 posted 06-05-2014 08:40 PM

If you are just moving from 1 machine to another that will be plenty of dust collector. To me the main benefit of the separator is ease of emplying the collector and length between services on the bags. I would use it as is and then you can determine if you want to build the separator or upgrade to more capacity. If you have a planer you will probably want a separator. Saws,sander etc. you will be fine with just the collector.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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