I got a flyer from HF, which had their 2hp dust collector for $149.00.
Anyone have one of these? is it good, or is it "worth what you pay for
Would be nice to have a dust collector, but I just received my grizzly
jointer, and am not up to a large cash expenditure (sp) for a "name
I have one. It works well for me. It wasn't well packed and one
of the bags had a hole worn thru and the plastic 'Y' intake was
broken. HF took from May to July to replace the 'Y' and until
September to send the replacement bag.
You can see it in place at
http://www.iedu.com/DeSoto/dust_collection.html - I use it in
conjunction with two cyclone separators and about 20' of 4" hose
with good results.
John, I cannot speak for the quality but the capacity ratings on this
machine are inflated. In dust collectors, there are no rocket science
designs that make one blower have more capacity than another. Its straight
forward design and all the manufacturers are roughly comparable. My guess
is that this dust collector might be much closer to the Jet DC1100 in
capacity and performance. None of the reputable manufacturers run 2 hp
motors on 110v. and none of them claim 1600 CFM on 2 HP.
So if you really expect/need the advertised capacity of the HF machine, you
need to look elsewhere.
Another thing to consider is the bag - Its got a 30 micron bag. Lots of
people find out that a lot of dust gets back into the shop through these
bags and replace them with a 5 micron or better felt bag - additional
Lastly, get yourself mentally prepared, if you are thinking about setting up
a dust collection network. I did not realize how much hassle and expense
this could be. I've got a Jet DC1200 and just using it as a portable for my
table saw right now. Talk about overkill! I might have been better off
getting a 1 HP guy and upgrading later when I got more tools to play with.
If you just want to use this as portable to automatically "vacuum" the big
stuff off your jointer, it might be perfect for you.
In reality, if you expect ANY DC to get the maximum rated CFM, you need to
I've used the DC1200 (It comes with 30 micro bags too!), and I'll put my HF
up against it any day.
You CAN find gems from time to time and the HF DC is one of those gems.
The goes Jet for around $350.00 without good bags compared to my $149 HF
(free shipping) upgraded to .3 micron bags from Grizzly for an additional
$50 (Total of $200)
BTW, it pulled even harder with the .3 micron bags on it.
Had mine for two months now. I upgraded the bags and band clamps with
grizzly gear. (I swear the Grizzly is the same machine). It's a GREAT piece
of equipment for $149
One of the best deals I've ever gotten. Well worth what I paid.
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