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Forum topic by Texasangler14 posted 02-22-2018 03:47 AM 777 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-22-2018 03:47 AM

Hey everyone, I am at a bit of a crossroads with my current dust collection. I have a Laguna B Flux 1HP 110V system that does ok. i feel that with the hose i have (Rockler to 20 feet) I really lose a lot of suction at the tool. The dust collector stays stationary and i just move it to each tool around my 3 car garage. My question is if anyone thinks that switching to the Harbor Freight 2HP unit with an Oneida Dust Deputy Deluxe would be that much more of a footprint and if the increase in power would be worth it if so. Any help would be appreciated.

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#1 posted 02-22-2018 04:07 AM

When was the last time you washed the

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#2 posted 02-22-2018 04:08 AM

Ive had the dust collector about 1 month and havent completed a project with it. I use that rotational knob on the top every hour or so. i looked at it and it doesnt look bad.

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#3 posted 02-22-2018 04:16 AM

A 1hp collector should be plenty for one
typical home shop machine, imo. Even
with a 20 ft. hose.

Maybe there’s something wrong with it.

If you’re not using an overhead dust guard
hose on your table saw it will still throw a
lot of dust.

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#4 posted 02-22-2018 04:48 AM

I just read a couple of reviews that said there could be an air leak between the motor and housing it’s mounted to. If there is, Laguna is saying to remove the motor, add silicone caulking, and remount it. This is just going by what I read, but it may help.

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#5 posted 02-22-2018 01:11 PM

If you’ve got the typical ribbed hose those create a lot of turbulence which reduces suction on a smaller collector like yours.

If you like your setup and don’t feel the itch for a bigger tool for the sake of having a bigger tool (who am I kidding?) look at setting up a smooth pipe duct system with gates. It’s not necessarily going to be cheaper, and it’s not as interchangeable/flexible for shop re-arrangements, but it’s an option.

Keep an eye out on the auction sites for dust collectors. I see them for sale at reasonable prices all the time, it’s just a matter of where it’s located, and it’s a dust collector. What could possibly be wrong with it? A bad motor? get it rebuilt at the local shop for a fraction of the cost of a new motor.

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#6 posted 02-22-2018 01:23 PM

Thanks to everyone who has replied, been very helpful! I will check the connection and look at re-hosing the unit. Its a great size but its having a hard time keeping up with my jointer and certainly my sawstop.

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#7 posted 02-22-2018 01:37 PM

There must be a problem with the DC. A unit like that, with 20ft of flex hose, should be drawing a lot of air. My shop vac and dust deputy could keep up with my 8” jointer even with a 15’ hose before i switched to a full sized DC (not ideal, but would at least clear the chips).

I would take a hard look at how everything was installed, check for leaks, silicone everything. Might be worth buying a cheap air speed (not sure the technical name) meter and see if your changes make a difference. I have read where people wired the motor backwards and the impeller was spinning the wrong way ??? Worth looking into before you invest in a whole new setup.

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#8 posted 02-22-2018 03:45 PM

I have two dust collectors… A 1hp model from Rockler, and the 2hp(really 1.5hp) from HF. I use the 1hp model on my bandsaw and router table in the basement, and the 2hp on my jointer, planer and table saw in the garage. Either one is adequate moving from tool to tool.

For me, if I feel like I’m losing suction it’s generally because something(usually chips from planer) has gotten caught in the protective grate which keeps you from sticking your hand in the fan if the hose isn’t attached.

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