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Harbor Freight Dust Collector Upgrade

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Project by MintyVictor posted 03-03-2019 02:49 PM 1867 views 22 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After months of researching, I finally decided to build my own dust collection system. This system is entirely bagless, and has been extremely efficient so far. I needed a system that had little footprint and high dust collection capacity.

The motor is a Harbor Freight motor that I purchased new, and then sold the remaining bits on Craigslist to help recoup some of the money. It attaches to a Super Dust Deputy, which is connected to a 20 gallon drum. I opted for a 20 gallon drum as it feels very space efficient, and I know it won’t be overly difficult to move when it’s full. On the exhaust side is a Wynn Environmental 13F230NANO that is connected to a bucket.

The whole thing is on wheels, and has the same footprint as a Harbor Freight Dust Collection system (22” x 33”.)

I posted this over on my Instagram (@modernandmint) and several folks have asked for plans already. I do sell plans on my Etsy for $10. The plans include a full purchase list, instructions on breaking down the lumber, and step by step instructions on how to make the whole thing work. I will say it looks really straightforward, but there are definitely more pieces than anticipated. I had an absolute blast making this, and I wanted to post this as my first project on Lumberjocks.





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SignWave

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#1 posted 03-03-2019 04:15 PM

I like this a lot. I have an un-modified HF dust collector and really don’t like having a big bag of sawdust. I have been thinking for some time that I’d like to get a smaller container for dust that is easier to empty. Yours looks about right to me. The cyclone and improved filter is obviously an improvement that I need as well.

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yesIcan

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#2 posted 03-03-2019 04:21 PM

Can you post a link to purchase the plans?

-- Forget your perfect offering, there is a crack in everything; that's how the light gets in. Leonard Cohen

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MintyVictor

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#3 posted 03-03-2019 04:27 PM



I like this a lot. I have an un-modified HF dust collector and really don t like having a big bag of sawdust. I have been thinking for some time that I d like to get a smaller container for dust that is easier to empty. Yours looks about right to me. The cyclone and improved filter is obviously an improvement that I need as well.

- SignWave

I was really tired of messing around with bags, and I didn’t see a lot of designs that utilized a bagless design. I’ve been using this system for a bit now, and it is so much more convenient. I am very surprised at how well the Harbor Freight motor does when it’s modified. I’d love to add the Rikon impeller in the future, but I have concerns about it pulling too much power with my current electrical situation.


Can you post a link to purchase the plans?

- yesIcan

Absolutely. They can be purchased here:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/683808679/modern-and-mint-dust-collection-plans?ref=shop_home_active_1

The PDF plans are digital download straight from the purchase. Etsy won’t let me upload the SketchUp file, so I email that to purchasers after I am notified of the sale. If anyone has recommendations on where else to post the plans for sale, I’d be interested.

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playingwithmywood

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#4 posted 03-04-2019 05:50 AM

Looks nice the only thing I question is the angle of the dangle of the exhaust hose going into the filter. I understand trying to make it compact but seems like a better sweep would allow it to flow more air. maybe rotate the fan more towards the filter might let make it a more sweeping direct connection

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MintyVictor

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#5 posted 03-04-2019 06:01 AM



Looks nice the only thing I question is the angle of the dangle of the exhaust hose going into the filter. I understand trying to make it compact but seems like a better sweep would allow it to flow more air. maybe rotate the fan more towards the filter might let make it a more sweeping direct connection

- playingwithmywood

I agree that rotating the motor may eek out a bit more air flow, but I wasn’t worried about it when I built it. The run of ducting is very short. The reason I didn’t rotate the motor more is because I wanted to use the stock motor mounts to bolt into the side of cart instead of trying to design something else to hold that motor in place.

With that said, I’d love to see any type of improvements/modifications on this design if anyone decides to go ahead and build one like it.

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playingwithmywood

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#6 posted 03-05-2019 07:07 AM



I agree that rotating the motor may eek out a bit more air flow, but I wasn t worried about it when I built it. The run of ducting is very short. The reason I didn t rotate the motor more is because I wanted to use the stock motor mounts to bolt into the side of cart instead of trying to design something else to hold that motor in place.

With that said, I d love to see any type of improvements/modifications on this design if anyone decides to go ahead and build one like it.

- MintyVictor

yea maybe one day I will regret it but I have had the motor mount not hooked to anything for almost three years now without issue but it was a concern when I put mine together. I made mine more compact since this and think I hurt my air flow so I need to back track a bit since I posted this and then changed it some https://www.lumberjocks.com/reviews/7842

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pi9

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#7 posted 03-10-2019 03:22 AM

This is ingenious really, I am thinking about buying your plans but not sure if I am ready to plunk down over $600 yet. I will probably do this in the future.

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MintyVictor

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#8 posted 03-10-2019 03:28 AM



This is ingenious really, I am thinking about buying your plans but not sure if I am ready to plunk down over $600 yet. I will probably do this in the future.

- pi9

I can completely understand. This was an absolutely huge project for me (both physically and financially), and I bought all of the pieces over a long period of time. This time gave me the opportunity to finalize plans, and make sure I was finding the most affordable pieces. The real motivator for me was having a cleaner shop space, and knowing that I plan to upgrade to bigger tools that require stronger dust collection in the future.

If you have any questions in the meantime, feel free to shoot me a message or post here.

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Jim55

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#9 posted 03-20-2019 12:22 PM

Great job of finding ways and means to make something that will fit your specific needs. I may just turn out to be a plan buyer!

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MintyVictor

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#10 posted 03-22-2019 04:59 AM



Great job of finding ways and means to make something that will fit your specific needs. I may just turn out to be a plan buyer!

- Jim55

Thank you! It was definitely a challenge, but I had a lot of fun. I knew it’d be possible to make what I wanted, I just needed to identify how.

I’ve had really positive feedback on the plans so far. Thanks for considering them!

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