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Just notied Harbor Freight has their 2hp dust collection unit on sale again. $209, plus a 20% off coupon. Takes the price down 42 bucks to $167. Works very well for me and a lot of others. Put a chip collector in front of it and you get nice performance. It comes with a 5 miron bag filter, but you can buy a canister filter like the one in the piture, but it will cost you more than the HF unit. I have a Wynn filter for it, but I think Grizzly makes one now with a beater bar built in. With the Wynn filter, you blow compressed air back through it. The picture shows a canister filter, the one on sale is a bag. Roll it outside when you use it because the bag leaks small particles like mad.

The second picture is how I have it set up now, outside the shop under a shelter.
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I swear that looks just like my GI that I paid over 700 bucks for . You guys certainly get great deals down south
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I think most of these are based on the same design. Stick thinks we're better off spending more for a name brand, but at this price, you could buy two and have a spare if it broke down, and you can order a higher power impeller for this from Rikon. To me, it's better to have some sort of dust collection than none. But don't forget a chip collector!
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I think they all come from the same factory. I found the same part for my Rigid bandsaw at both Powermatic and Grizzly. The same exact part; a tenth of the cost.
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I think they all come from the same factory. I found the same part for my Rigid bandsaw at both Powermatic and Grizzly. The same exact part; a tenth of the cost.
I think one plant producing all brands is pretty common now. I have several WEN tools that are identical to Jet and a couple of other brands, down to casting marks on the cast iron parts. Definitely the Taiwan stuff is better than the Chinese junk.

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Thanks for the heads up on this, I’ve been thinking about this dust collector since you first mentioned it. I just don’t have any room left in my garage. I do have a cyclone set up on wheels I move to wherever it’s needed. Just this last day I been watching videos on dyi dust collection.
I’m currently working on a plan for a new garage plus shop out back to start building late summer/early autumn time frame. And I want a little room off the back for a setup like you’ve got going.

It doesn’t look like you have a cyclone separator or am I missing it?

I’ll just keep using what I have for now and when I get the bigger shop I will upgrade. What a great day that will be for me.
Thanks for the tip.
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Stick thinks we're better off spending more for a name brand,

I hoping you would leave me out of this...
so, let's try this again, for the benefit of the readership...
I'm more into doing it right the 1st time and not spending more till I get where I could have been to start with for less... (penny wise pound foolish theory)
the additional cost of upgrade and modification: (IMO is throwing good money after bad)...

2nd HF DC for parts.. (hmmmm)
canister filters..
external 4'' separator.. (which reduces CFM as does El's , flex and lengths of run collectively)

all of the additional cost of upgrade and modification puts you very closely in the price realm of a much superior and better made plug and play DC unit that is way quieter, (±65db) already has a canister filter w/ cleaner, doesn't redistribute dust, has a higher IRL CFM rating, and will be trouble free for a very long time.... VOE...

the inlet on the HF is 4''... and you simply can't pull their unrealistic rating of 1600CFM through a 4'' hole.. you can't do it...
no matter what impeller or motor you put behind it the 4'' inlet is only going to allow ± 350 CFM..
more motor and/or impeller will make a real screamer out it of though... HEY!!! Looky here we gots us our own jet engine sound effects...
also, cleaning the filter on the HF is one seriously messy job... you said yourself that you needed to take your's outside to clean it... that has got to be a pain
installing the DC outdoors like you did will run up your shop heating/cooling cost...
the better unit will be either a 5 or 6'' inlet which translates to ± 550~780 CFM...
I used the Jet 650VX DC (but you often brought the cost of a Jet 1100 which I have into it) as a base line comparison but there are many other brands out there comparable to the Jet 650...
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Uh oh
no...
go do the research on the this very same thread...
same subject...

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Do you mean research you and Tom or dust collection?
I will do research eventually on what’s out there and choose based on what I find. There’s time for that.
I just said uh oh because it looked like this thread was getting testy. I’m not trying to step on any toes.
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