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Dust Collector: Harbor Freight 2 Hp VS. Grizzley 1 Hp

by Jim
posted 03-27-2014 08:21 PM

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#1 posted 03-27-2014 08:27 PM

Sorry, NM just found this

-- Jim from Rivertown Woodcraft | Grand Rapids, MI |

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#2 posted 03-27-2014 08:29 PM

In this case, I’d opt for the HF. At this price point, I wouldn’t assume that the Griz is better quality, though it might be. The Griz is basically just a blower with a single bag….for this application better quality won’t trump superior design. The HF is likely to have better filtration characteristics due to the double bag design.

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#3 posted 03-27-2014 08:30 PM

Beware the Brute….I have the HF 2(?)hp and use it with a cyclone. I initially had a plastic Brute can under the cyclone, but ye ol’ HF DC sucked in the sides of the Brute!! So either I have a super HF DC or the Brute garbage can I sought is wimpy. Regardless, I now have a metal can, and all is good.

-- Bill, central where near the "big apple"

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#4 posted 03-27-2014 08:32 PM

Great! Thanks guys!

-- Jim from Rivertown Woodcraft | Grand Rapids, MI |

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#5 posted 03-27-2014 08:55 PM

Get the HF unit, and put good bags on it.
I use the felted bags from Highland Woodworking.

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#6 posted 03-27-2014 09:23 PM

The HF DC is great! I’ve had one for 3 or 4 years now.

-- -Kirk

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#7 posted 03-27-2014 09:39 PM

I too have three of the double bag two horse power units and they do work very good.The one horse grizzly is quite inferior IMHO and only really suitable for smaller single machines get some blast gates too and this will double up your potential. Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#8 posted 03-28-2014 12:40 AM

I would make a chip separator like the one I blogged as your planer will fill the bag very quickly and is more trouble to empty than the chip separator. The HF looks like your best bet.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#9 posted 03-28-2014 12:59 AM

I’ve had the China freight Dc for 3 or 4 years as well, It has worked great since day one.

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#10 posted 03-28-2014 03:57 AM

I have a HF Dc as well good unit for the price so +1 more for the HF dust collecto
btw I’ve been using it for about 5 years now, still working great

-- Anthony--

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#11 posted 03-28-2014 05:32 AM

yer second choice, the wall mount, is more to my liking, as it’s similar to a delta unit that I use.

I used to have a unit similar to your frist double bagger choice but it dint work worth crap.hopefully they’ve improved.

The delta unit, I bought for a site job for a few bucks north of 100, and liked it so much that I sold the twobagger.

Now the delta is mounted under the TS on the side, bag under the wings, don’t take up much floorspace at all.

And totally site friendly if I need to use it that way.Light, effecient, Got hoses to the
TS (of course) planer, thickness sander and chop saw. Aux hoses to drill press, band saw, belt/disc sander are at hand. albiet with a little fuss.

My floor space is at a premium….this single bag unit fits into the alcoves under the TS and works well for me. and I do put a little premium on ability to go ex-shop to site with all my equipment and devices…


-- Real_cowtown_eric

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#12 posted 03-28-2014 10:34 AM

I used to have the HF, it was working great.
The HF is the best for the price.

-- Bert

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#13 posted 03-28-2014 11:08 AM

Have the HF collector works great for me . Have it hooked up to ts jointer bandsaw and sanding station with blast gates .

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#14 posted 03-28-2014 01:12 PM

I have no direct experience with either, but see all kinds of great reviews of the HF collector and people really fixing them up like Bert did. I had a very similar wall hanging unit to the one you mentioned from Grizzly, except mine was from Rockler. The thing was terrible…didnt last long in my shop.

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#15 posted 03-28-2014 01:44 PM

Thanks guys, HF it is. Also I love what I see 3 posts up. Those filters that you guys are talking about are expensive though! Do they need to be replaced as well or are they cleanable?

-- Jim from Rivertown Woodcraft | Grand Rapids, MI |

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#16 posted 03-28-2014 01:51 PM

You blow them outside-inward with low pressure air hose, or just bang on them and watch the accumulated dust fall into the clear plastic bag below. Having a thien separator is another important improvement as well. Put this all together and you’ll have a real winner.

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#17 posted 03-28-2014 01:54 PM

Can someone post a link to plans for a chip separator please?

Would you do this order:

tool – chip sep. – dust can w/ thein – DC unit – filt & bag?

-- Jim from Rivertown Woodcraft | Grand Rapids, MI |

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#18 posted 03-28-2014 01:59 PM

You can find several links and examples here.

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#19 posted 03-29-2014 09:24 PM

The thing to watch is the particle size these units are capable of filtering. The Grizzly wall-mounted unit is only good for 30 micron filtering, which is pretty lame. The HF unit, in addition to higher flow rate, goes down to 5 microns, which is much better. And using the cartridges in place of bags can allow filtering down to 1 micron. It is that fine stuff that is the biggest problem in your lungs. I agree with others that the HF unit, with chip separator and ideally a cartridge filter in place of the bag, provides a pretty good and practical solution.

-- Ken, Blaine Washington

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