Harbor Freight 2hp dust collector question

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Forum topic by thomasfurman posted 02-09-2017 10:54 PM 927 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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02-09-2017 10:54 PM

Like most of us I am cramped for space and low on cash. I need to get some sort of dust collection system in my basement. I only make a few projects a year so I don’t have the need or cash to go all out. (hence no dedicated piping or cyclones, etc.)

I’ve pretty much settled on using the Rockler Dust Right system – that is the hose and connectors and just move it from machine to machine. I am still unsure about what actual motor to hook them up to.

Due to space concerns I pretty much NEED to wall mount my unit. I could go with the actual Dust Right from Rockler but it is pricey and only 600cfm. Couldn’t I just but the 2 stage 2hp unit from Harbor Freight (with higher cfm), mount the unit on the wall, by a 1 micron bag elsewhere and turn it into a decent 1 stage unit? The addes savings would also help me purchase a ceiling mounted air filter.


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#1 posted 02-09-2017 11:14 PM

Plenty of folks reconfigure those HF units. Its on my list some day to mount mine higher up, and save floor space. Sounds like you are talking about using just the blower and hooking it up to a filter bag that also collects the dust. It could be done, but is likely to cut down on airflow since there is less open area of the bag to pass the air. but still, should work reasonably well. Have you considered just using a shop vac?

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