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Considering a dust collection upgrade

by Tom
posted 02-01-2017 04:08 PM

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#1 posted 02-01-2017 04:57 PM

You will be much better off with any dust collector compared to the shop vac. I used to have a 1hp D.C., and it did fine for basic chip collection. The bagged units (no fine pleated filter) are kind of dust pumps, and don’t do a very good job catching all the fines.

A 1hp unit cannot handle a separator. 1-1/2 hp is the bare minimum for even a trash can separator. There is good info at on this topic.

I have since upgraded to a cyclone with hard piping.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#2 posted 02-01-2017 05:51 PM

I have the larger HF dust collector with a Thien baffle on a trash can and have the whole thing on a mobile cart. Several others on here have made similar modifications. I’ve also added a Wynn filter. It works well enough for now. I will probably make some tweaks to it at some point. Or upgrade to a more powerful collector.

-- Dave, York, PA, Wildside Woodworking

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#3 posted 02-02-2017 06:07 AM

Here is my version HF 2 HP dust collector on top of a Thein separator

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#4 posted 02-02-2017 11:13 AM

Here is my version HF 2 HP dust collector on top of a Thein separator
- clyde1

Does that really work mounted to the wall like that? ...;-)

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

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#5 posted 02-02-2017 07:33 PM

Of course it would, Mike. He’s got gravity on his side. (okay, that science might need a little more work) ;)

Ditto the step up from a vac. It will be a night and day difference.

I have three collectors. I just upgraded a Delta one horse, which was dedicated to my miter, to a HF “2” horse. I am really impressed with the performance increase. My only suggestion would be, upgrade the upper bag for better micron filtration and use some of the foam used to seal campers caps to pickups where the bag seals to the collector. The 1-1/2” width makes the foam perfect for that use and kills leaks well.

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#6 posted 02-03-2017 03:05 PM

Yeah sorry about the sideways picture – I tried a couple of tricks to get it to show up corrrect Lynn and then gave up and decided to accept the ridicule. :D

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#7 posted 02-04-2017 05:13 AM

So…my wife has said I’m better off getting the big HF dust collector and since I’ve got a 20% off coupon it’ll be right around $160. I took a few measurements and by removing some clutter (again) and re-arranging a few things I can put it on the side of my garage that has vents into the side yard between the houses. I figure a nice Thien baffle on top of my barrel (a project in itself) to get most of the stuff out and then I can exhaust the rest outside or set it up to use the filter bag inside the garage. I’m sure there will be some added expense for tubing but having a cleaner workspace is what I’m after.

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