Does anyone have the Harbor Freight 45378, 2 HP, (Sears HP!), dust
collector? I looks much like Grizzly's 1-1/2 HP unit,($239 + freight), and
also the JDS unit, ($300 with 5 micron bags + freight). When HF has it on
sale it goes for $150, no freight over $50.
I've had this unit for a couple years without any problems at
all. I also recently found the following site specifically
regarding this unit:
You have to learn how to play the HF pricing games. Click on order from
catalog and Use the model no 45378-3vga you'll get it for $149, try
other numbers like 45378-5vga too. Also go to the Woodnet.net forums
and ask people for help getting the best prices and for coupons.
I talked with a close relative, who's an industrial hygenist specializing
in respritory health, about buying better bags for mine. His comment
was that, even if the bags filtered very fine particles, the seals
wouldn't so I'd still be breathing the fine dust. He convinced me the
best approach is to locate the whole unit outside and then it doesn't
matter what bags are on it. For now, I roll it out the door and use
a long hose to connect to my piping, but eventually I'll build a small
shed to house it.
I probably will replace the bags, but will check it out first. For the $149
price I can replace the bags and still be ahead of the game.
As far as putting the unit out side, I don't think that idea will work
during our North Dakota winters!
Have you folks ever considered a 'clean room'? That with <5 micron
coveralls, forced air protective breathing apparatus should keep you
safe from any and all bad things in the shop (I not sure about anything
you may ingest prior to putting on gloves after handling wood or
supplies before entry to the airlock.
Kidding aside, collect dust because it makes a friggin' mess and is a
PITA to sweep. For fine filtering and air cleaning, an over the nose
mask or painting respirator will do fine, or do as I do; rely on nasal
hair and snot.
I'm not trying to acheive a clean-room with no dust but I do want
to reduce as much as possible (both for health reasons and because
it's a pain to clean up). In my case, I decided against buying
the finer bags because I was informed it still wouldn't stop all
the fine dust that forms on everything by the dust collector.
For me, it's pretty simple to just put it outside and be done with
it so that's what I'm doing. If I ever add heat to my shop, I
might need to rethink it but I doubt it -- my dust collector just
doesn't run often enough to worry about it.
A fine idea that often is the best solution. However, note that if
you're working in an air-conditioned or heated workshop, that sucker
is going to suck all the heated/conditioned air out of your workshop
in short order. That kind of heating drain can cost.
I was looking at this model in the local Hf store the other day. I
almost walked with one until I figured out that the $89 sale price tag
referred to the 1 hp model behind it.
I would also like to know whether or not it sucks?
I have the 2 hp model. Have it had almost a year and it works great.
I've put alot of hours on it. I did purchase on of those seperator
lids from Woodcraft and then a metal trash can. Great combo. Seldom
have to empty the bags on the dust collector as long as I keep the
metal trash can from getting full.
Think I paid around $140 or so.
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