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10-08-2014 03:12 AM

Topic tags/keywords: dust collection question

Any thoughts or opinions on Harbor Freights dust collector. Pros/cons anything that can help me make a decision. I’m looking at the HP vs price but if a little more expensive one with less HP would work better than that’s the route I’m going to take.

Thanks in advance!

-- Angie, If dogs don't go to heaven, then when I die I want to go where they go!

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#1 posted 10-08-2014 05:00 AM

There are tons of reviews on the HF collector. All kinds of updates and enhancements to make it better.
Just type HF dost collectors in the search area.
For the most part, it seems at one time many of us have started with the HF. I have one myself and it works good for me. I also have no duct work and only run one machine at a time.
You can spend 3 time the price of a HF, and still not get any better bang for the buck.

-- Steve: Franklin, WI

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#2 posted 10-08-2014 08:26 AM

I have one. Biggest problem is it leaking air. The motor is sound and i upgraded the bag to a paper element filter.

Take a look at the grizzlies. By the time you get done upgrading the element it’ll be cheaper.

-- --Rob, Seattle, WA

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#3 posted 10-08-2014 09:34 AM

I have one from Penn and it has served me well for many years. I’m a firm believer and buying the best one you can so later you dont have to replace it. With that said I can see me getting a cyclone in the future.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#4 posted 10-08-2014 11:35 AM

Just be sure you are making the right comparisons, the HF is more like a 1.5 HP (if you refer to the 2 HP model), it has a 10” impeller (versus 11” on the most 1.5 HP) and may need new bags. It will probably still be a little less, and a lot of guys are really happy with it.

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

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#5 posted 10-08-2014 01:41 PM

Thanks you all!!

-- Angie, If dogs don't go to heaven, then when I die I want to go where they go!

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#6 posted 10-09-2014 12:21 AM

I recall some good advice (and interesting ways to get the most from a HF collector) on the “Stumpy Nubs” site. Check his YouTube site and search for “dust collection”. I would look it up for you if I had more time.

-- Bill Micah 6:8

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#7 posted 10-09-2014 12:33 AM

Here’s a Wood Magazine comparison of home shop dust collectors that includes the Harbor Freight (Central Machinery)..

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#8 posted 10-09-2014 02:14 AM

Thanks for the links!!

-- Angie, If dogs don't go to heaven, then when I die I want to go where they go!

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#9 posted 10-09-2014 02:03 PM

You might like this design. It incorporates pretty much all the tips and tricks that everyone is using, plus a couple of my own.

-- Brad, Texas,

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#10 posted 10-09-2014 02:18 PM

Brad, nice setup
HF DC, best bang for the buck!

-- John, New Jersey

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#11 posted 10-09-2014 02:26 PM

I’ve had three HF units for years and as John said “best bang for the buck”. I don’t believe that most of the other dust collectors that have the same configurations are any better,they just cost more.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#12 posted 10-09-2014 03:14 PM

if you have 220 power watch craigs list

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#13 posted 10-13-2014 05:29 AM

I have a HF DC and think it was a great investment. There are some inexpensive improvements, as others have pointed out, to get every last bit of performance out of it.
By the way, I live on the Space Coast too – what a great place to live!

-- I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in. -John Muir

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#14 posted 10-13-2014 04:23 PM

Thank you! I’m in PSJ

-- Angie, If dogs don't go to heaven, then when I die I want to go where they go!

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