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KYCook

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09-12-2019 07:12 PM

Topic tags/keywords: dust collector

Been wanting/needing to get a dust collector and came across this at Home Depot and for price and specs looks like a good one, has anyone used this? I know Jet and Grizzly are probably better but they are nearly double the price, what would you recommend around same price point? My shop has CNC Router, 12” Dewalt planer, Dewalt table saw, and 12” miter saw, Craftsman radial arm saw and jointer.


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syenefarmer

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#1 posted 09-12-2019 08:34 PM

If it really can deliver the cfm’s it claims it can then it’s a great price point. If not then I’d save yourself around $135 or so and buy the Harbor Freight dust collector. A big part of your decision should also depend on what your plans are for piping the dust collector.

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ibewjon

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#2 posted 09-12-2019 08:44 PM

I wouldn’t touch anything without a pleated filter, 2 micron or better.

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#3 posted 09-12-2019 09:13 PM

Not me.
But:
1) BORG is not cheapest source:

https://wenproducts.com/collections/dust-management/products/1500-cfm-16-amp-5-micron-woodworking-dust-collector-with-50-gallon-collection-bag-and-mobile-base

https://www.ebay.com/itm/WEN-16A-Woodworking-Dust-Collector-with-50-Gallon-Collection-Bag-Mobile-Base/152780803855

2) There are several wonky specifications on that unit?
- No HP rating, just a current/voltage?
- Motor has same rating as 1.5HP 120v motor, but requires 20A plug?
- Impeller is 300mm (11.8”), which means 1500cfm is unreachable specification with no tubing or airflow resistance. But it will suck more cfm than stock HF with standard 10” impeller, and more like the similar Rikon 2HP unit that is rated for ~1200cfm.

Cheers!

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WoodenDreams

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#4 posted 09-13-2019 07:58 AM

Harbor Freight same style and rating is $209. use a 20% coupon and save more.https://www.harborfreight.com/2-hp-industrial-5-micron-dust-collector-97869.html

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#5 posted 09-13-2019 02:48 PM

I’m fairly certain that all of the “2hp / 1500 CFM” dust collectors are made with pretty much the same parts. Frankly, there’s only 2 things that matter on a dust collector like this: 1)The motor/impeller assembly, and 2) the collection bags. The motor/impeller assembly are, from what I can tell, pretty decent. Collection bags are all poor. But if you want to switch them out to different filter/bags, then sure, it’s a fine deal. But I agree, go with the Harbor Frieght model, which is a little cheaper.

-- Pete

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#6 posted 09-13-2019 03:04 PM

Orange Deja vu. If you go look at the manual for the Wen and the HF DCs and look at the parts diagram, they are identical so probably basically the same DCs with a few tweaks by Wen (like a 20 amp plug for example).

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