New HF DC w/grizzly 0.3 micron bags

So as I've been researching dc's (and dispairing of the fact I don't have $4-800 to spend on a .5 micron cyclone system) I ran across last summer's "deal page"
http://www.cianperez.com/Wood/WoodDocs/WoodNet%20HFDC%20Thread.htm
(thank you Cian - wherever you are!!)
It sounded like a - if not jet fit and finish - certianly reasonable and useful for a hobbyist that only gets out to the shop once every two weeks. (and had decided he didn't like breathing MDF dust at 10pm!)
I checked the HF website and ... alas ... not the $130 killer deal that last summer had. $199, as a matter of fact. Just couldn't _quite_ justify that.
On the off chance they knew something, I dropped by my local HF store to ask when the things were going back on sale. The manager scratched his head and said "well, I think they _are_ on sale right now!" He went back to check and, sure enough, $150. I grabbed it.
The grizzly bags seemed too good to be true. $20 per bag and 0.3 micron filtration? Heck, even if it's 1 micron, that's cheaper than just about anywhere else!! I bought one and though it's diameter is listed as 19", it fit on the 19.5" diameter HF DC with just some slight tugging.
I took a 39gal hefty cinch-sack and used it to line the lower bag. Hooked it all up, turned it on and...poof! The upper bag inflated about 65-70%. (from everything I've read, this is a good thing?)
All told, for about $180 I have a DC that filters down to (fingers crossed) 0.3 micron and should suit my occasional use just great. When I have the $$, I'll buy that cyclone but for now this should do an admirable job of keeping the shop a lot cleaner than what I'd been using before. (ie, nada!)
-aaron
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This isnt the 2hp model is it? I just checked their website and the only thing I saw for $159 was the smaller 660cfm 9.8 amp. If you can get a 2hp for that price please tell me where so I can get one too!
Thanks!
Jim

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Order a 45378 2vga, the price should come up as $149.99. It is Harbor Freight's 2HP model, really about 1-1/2 HP, but still a good deal. I ordered one a week ago, so it should be here any time. For the price you can upgrade to .3 micron bags and still be lower price than anyone else! Greg
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It is the "2hp on a good day going downhill with a strong tailwind" model. (probably closer to 1.5)
I did my "ordering" as I said, by walking into the local HF store and asking the mgr. when they'd be on sale next. According to him, they are (well, were) currently. I had been watching their ads and seen naught, so...?
I did just check HF's website, (10-19-03 21:35 MST) and the 453782vga still comes up as $199. Not sure what's going on there. Maybe give their 1-800 # a call and see what's really up?
$149 + $26 (inc shipping) 0.3 micron bags from grizzley was too good to pass up.
Of course, now I have to buy all the other stuff to get it hooked up...(that short section of white flexible dryer hose I had from days gone by isn't going to cut it for long! =^) )
-aaron

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The H.F. in my city did not have any in stock, but yes, they were on sale! (go figure!) The manager thought he would have them in a couple weeks. With free freight from H.F. on orders over $50 I figured I had nothing to lose to order one. If they back ordered it, and then the H.F. store got them in I could just cancel! I screwed you up on the item number 45378 3 vga, not 2. I got confirmation in the mail today that they got my order, and it was in stock, so I guess it will show up any day now. Greg
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