Have a new to me dust collector...Now what?

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Forum topic by natenaaron posted 55 days ago 363 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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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 55 days ago

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.

-- I long for the days when Coke was a cola, and a joint was a bad place to be (Merle Haggard)

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#2 posted 55 days ago

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 54 days ago

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 54 days ago

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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