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I am a big fan of the Harbor Freight 2hp dust collection unit. I have two I got on sale. Well, they're on sale again, $230. And, there is a 25% discount coupon as well, good Sunday and Monday, Jan. 1 and 2. That's -$57.50 for a total of $172.50.

It has a 5 micron bag filter, but you can get a Wynn drum filter of 1 micron for it so you can leave it inside your shop. The cloth filter is not sufficient for inside, but will work if you can roll the unit outside the workshop when in use. I use a 4 inch collapsable hose and attach it to each machine as I use the tool. When you use the Wynn drum filter, you are not pumping warm (or AC) air out of the shop. You clean the filter by blowing air through the outside of the filter to clear away fine particles, that fall into the clear plastic bag. You can buy additional plastic bags on Amazon.

This thing will suck a golf ball through a garden hose. Put a chip collector in front of it or get used to hearing stuff hit the fan-literally. The cost of this will be less than the home made solutions everyone's been discussing lately. You will be very happy with this combination.

Use a credit card if you must to get this. It is an amazing low price and there's no guarantee it will come around again. If you could compare the sawdust in my shop before and after adding this unit, you'd be amazed.

Final points: When you install the castors, put the nut on the top of the base to assure free movement of the castor. Second, you should find a way to tape the top of the plastic bag to the metal rim. Without it, the strap that holds it will leak. Third, the Wynn filter cartridge shown is pretty easy to install, but read the instructions first.

The reviews on this unit are very good, and if you get a ringer, HF will probably replace it.
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Thanks for the heads up, Tom. How tall is your setup with the Wynn filter, if I didn't use the castors...measured from the bottom of the black platform? I want to put this in a space next to my shop, and I'm tight on space.

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I swear that looks very simular to my General dust collector that I paid 750 bucks for .
How many cfm Tom ?

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I swear that looks very simular to my General dust collector that I paid 750 bucks for .
How many cfm Tom ?
Busy Bee has a very similar one, up here...
Buy Dust Collector 2hp 220v Csa at Busy Bee Tools
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I swear that looks very simular to my General dust collector that I paid 750 bucks for .
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It is a General tools item, probably the same. 1550 CFM! Not bad at all. Got any golfballs and garden hose? Also found an HF ad listing it at $199, but that's for online orders. It ships in a huge box with lots of ridgid foam packing. Kind of a military green unit.

I would not leave this outside, I don't think it would hold up long. Needs to be protected from rain and weather.

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Thanks for the heads up, Tom. How tall is your setup with the Wynn filter, if I didn't use the castors...measured from the bottom of the black platform? I want to put this in a space next to my shop, and I'm tight on space.
The base is about 24x36, and with the Wynn filter it is about 5'8" tall. I have mine pushed into a corner in the back of the shop. I have a WEN filter hung from the ceiling about 6 ft away so any fines get pulled through that filter as well. You can't believe the difference in air cleanliness now vs before I installed this combo.
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Mines only 1250cfm , and the one your showing Dan is 1790 and inexpensive . Looks like it have to quit looking at GI when it comes to DC

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This thing will suck a golf ball through a garden hose. Put a chip collector in front of it or get used to hearing stuff hit the fan-literally. The cost of this will be less than the home made solutions everyone's been discussing lately. You will be very happy with this combination.

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I think Harbor Freight is a good cheap DC. I am not sure the cost will be less than some of the home made units. How much does a Wynn filter cost, probably more than the unit? Maybe less if you blow the exhaust outside but not if you buy a high quality filter. My home made DC is cheap except for the Super Dust Deputy.

How many amps are the motors? Probably less than a Blador motor.
I thought about it as I have a Harbor Freight fairly close to me but I wanted more and still like my home made unit better.

I have heard the fans are 10 inches in size in the Harbor Freight DCs. Is that true? Some people in the past upgraded the fans with the 12 inch Rikon fans until Rikon quit selling them.
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Looks the same but with a 220 v motor. That probably accounts for the extra 200 CFPM. I assume the price is Canadian, so it's about the same as the HD unit.
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I think Harbor Freight is a good cheap DC. I am not sure the cost will be less than some of the home made units. How much does a Wynn filter cost, probably more than the unit? Maybe less if you blow the exhaust outside but not if you buy a high quality filter. My home made DC is cheap except for the Super Dust Deputy.

How many amps are the motors? Probably less than a Blador motor.
I thought about it as I have a Harbor Freight fairly close to me but I wanted more and still like my home made unit better.

I have heard the fans are 10 inches in size in the Harbor Freight DCs. Is that true? Some people in the past upgraded the fans with the 12 inch Rikon fans until Rikon quit selling them.
OK, the unit is a good basic unit. But the Super Dust Deputy 4 inch model is $170, on Amazon, more. Then you need a blower, drum, a filter and some hardware.. Oops, now you're talking $300 or more for a basic home built unit.

Now, my personal reason for talking about this is that I spent far more on my home made attenpts than I have for these units, and these work FAR better than my home made stuff.

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