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Forum topic by mski posted 11-07-2010 05:28 PM 1459 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-07-2010 05:28 PM

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Hi all, I was wondering if all the debris goes through the inpeller on this machine ? Seems like it wouldn’t last long.
I have a Delta USA made 3/4 HP that sits on top of a plastic barrel, the heavy debris falls to the bottom of the barrel and only dust goes through the impeller, it sits outside and the outlet just goes in a trash can.
I was thinking of upgrading to the 2 HP HF to get more suction, the Delta says 550 cfm HF 1500 but being the exaggeration of these # sometimes I don’t know if it would be better.
Any input would be apreciated.


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#1 posted 11-07-2010 05:31 PM

If you search this site, you’ll find LOTS of happy HF 2HP DC owners—me included.

Works very well, for my uses.

Many of us have done two things, too: upgraded to a cartridge filter (in my case, a model 35a, from Wynn Environmental), and put in some sort of second stage—a garbage-can based chip separator, or some sort of “cyclone.”

The latter upgrade takes the chips out of the equation before they can play havoc with your impeller.

-- -- Neil

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#2 posted 11-07-2010 05:47 PM

What Neil said. Here is a shop built model that works exceptionally well.

Thien Dust Cyclone

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#3 posted 11-07-2010 06:18 PM

As far as I know, and I have not done extensive research, the only type collector in wide use by wood workers that does not run the debris through the fan are the cyclones. As Neil said, many bag type collectors have been upgraded by installing a homemade cyclone in the air stream before the fan to address exactly this problem. To keep the big stuff out of the fan would not even require an effecient cyclone; just a drop-out-box would work. Many of the comercially available “cyclone” trash can lids are not much more than that.

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#4 posted 11-07-2010 06:40 PM

to make things simpler. if it doesn’t say “cyclone” or “2 stage” – all debris goes through the impeller.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#5 posted 11-07-2010 08:41 PM

The one I have is 2 stage but I am wondering if I would get a increace in suction going to HF?
I plan on incorporating a thien dust cyclone in the barrel I have.

Think its going to improve for the $ ?


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#6 posted 11-08-2010 05:49 PM

if you go with the harbor fright unit ck wood mag. 2 or 3 times a year there is a add for the unit
at 139.99. it is a full page add that also has a 20% off coupon for anything else. i too have this unit and it pulls better than my other unit that is ratted at 550 but it does not feel like 1500

-- self proclaimed copycat

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#7 posted 11-09-2010 12:42 AM

Love the unit, and paid $139.99 minus 20%. It was something like $112. How can you beat that?

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#8 posted 11-09-2010 01:05 AM

I’ve had the Jet 1100 for over two years, and EVERYTHING goes thru the impeller – including the occasional small “chunk” of wood that definitely “rings” the impeller as it passes thru. So far, there’s been no sign of damage – not even a nick in the paint.

-- Adversity doesn't build reveals it.

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#9 posted 11-09-2010 02:13 AM

I got the $139 coupon so I guess I can try it and if I get no more performance I can return it.
Thanks for the help.
I will post the results if I do it.
Thanks again.


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