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Forum topic by Julian posted 01-24-2011 09:02 AM 7935 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-24-2011 09:02 AM

I want to purchase a dust collector to replace my shop vacuum. I don’t want one that’s too big because I do all my woodworking in my garage and still want to park at least one car. I was thinking of getting one in the 1 1/2 hp size (110 volts). I saw a 2 hp (110 v) dust collector for $190 at Harbor Freight plus another 20% off. Never purchased a power tool from HF. Are they ang good? Any suggestions?

-- Julian

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#1 posted 01-24-2011 05:51 PM

Julian, A lot of LJ’s use Harbor Freight dust collectors. You can buy an extended warranty for it if you want. I recommend this site , but , frankly you can suffer “information overload” reading it. Basically, most DCs will collect saw dust, but the smaller particles most fail to collect present a serious health risk to you and your family, especially in basement or attached shops. Upgrading to better filters and pre-filter separator or cyclones are popular modifications. Fortunately, if you are creative and read enough, you can come up with good solutions without throwing too much money at the problem. -Jack

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#2 posted 01-24-2011 06:09 PM

Hard to add much to Jack’s thoughtful reply.

LOTS of us bought, use, and are happy with the HF 2HP DC.

Like me ;-)

Lots of bang for the buck.

If I had MORE $$$$ to throw at the DC system, I would have looked carefully at the Delta 50-760, but—financially—it’s almost in another league….

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#3 posted 01-24-2011 06:21 PM

I agree with Neil and Jack; you can read through Bill Pentz’s site (which is excellent) but I found it pretty overwhelming. I have a 1 1/2 HP DC (General International) with a 1 micron canister. Basically, in a small garage you are going to be ok regardless of whatever 1 1/2- 2 HP DC you buy, as long as you upgrade the cheap bag on top to something 1 micron or less. I also use a small air filtration unit from Shop Fox to help reduce the dust in the air not caught by the DC. The “problem” areas for DC, regardless of what DC you have will be your MS and the stream of dust off the top of your TS blade.

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#4 posted 01-24-2011 06:27 PM

Another HF DC user here. And another vote for the Delta 50-760… Simply put, if The Delta fitted with a Canister filter was within a reasonable price range, I would have gone that way… The HF is good, the Delta however is frequently rated the best dust collector under $200.00…

If budget is not a huge concern, look into an Oneida 2 to 3HP portable cyclone…

Those of us that use the HF DC have modified them with upgraded filters (the 5 micron filtration stock bag is dangerous), and some sort of separator, in my case a Thien separator… Mind you, I am in a garage shop as well, but I don’t bother trying park in there. My truck won’t fit even if there were no shop there!

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#5 posted 01-24-2011 06:27 PM

It seems that not one day goes by without a new post about dust collectors.
Please read the existing posts about this subject.
There is enough information in them to last you a life time.

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