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CENTRAL MACHINERY 70 gallon 2 HP Heavy Duty High Flow High Capacity Dust Collector for $179.99

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The classic Harbor Freight 2HP Dust Collection system is on sale again. Not a better deal than in the past but it seems these type of deals have replaced the 20% coupons.

Availability is hit or miss but the Seattle store had one in stock today even though the sign in the store gave instructions on how to pre-order for later.

https://go.harborfreight.com/coup...332-97869/

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produke asked this question on 08-02-2021 at 11:24 AM
08-02-2021 at 11:24 AM
You hook it up to woodworking tools like a table saw or mitre saw and it helps clear the saw dust and wood chips.

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What do we use this item for?
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What do we use this item for?
You hook it up to woodworking tools like a table saw or mitre saw and it helps clear the saw dust and wood chips.
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What do we use this item for?
A sense of self-hatred and shame after it crashes out in 6 to 10 months.
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I've had one of these since 2015, and it's worked well. However, I made some serious mods to it, following some ideas published on pinterest.
Namely building a Thien baffle/separator and replacing the dust bag with a (somewhat expensive) Wynn filter.
https://duckduckgo.com/?q=thien+baffle+and+wynn+filter+with+harbor+freight+dust+collector&t=ffab&atb... [duckduckgo.com]
There's plenty of info out there on making mods like that if you're so inclined.
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I've had one of these since 2015, and it's worked well. However, I made some serious mods to it, following some ideas published on pinterest.
Namely building a Thien baffle/separator and replacing the dust bag with a (somewhat expensive) Wynn filter.
https://duckduckgo.com/?q=thien+baffle+and+wynn+filter+with+harbor+freight+dust+collector&t=ffab&atb... [duckduckgo.com]
There's plenty of info out there on making mods like that if you're so inclined.
I've also heard of people upgrading the impeller on this. Of course, by that point you're several hundred dollars into the machine, and could have bought a better system in the first place. I'm cheap and like DIY, so I'm probably going to go the same route as you.
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I see a lot of people buy these, I think they can be okay but if you shop locally you can usually find a used delta/grizzly/jet around the same price and they're usually better because you have the option to run 220v and they usually come with larger impellers.

Also the Wynn filters are great but they are expensive. The Donaldson P181038 is a filter made for trucking/industrial equipment and is the same size/efficiency rating as the Wynn merv 15 but only costs $130-140. That's what I've been running on my dust collector and it's been working great. Just had to make a donut to fit the 19" opening on my collector since the rubber seal on the filter is around 14".
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Do they sell a mobile dust collector like the dust sharks/bears/animal companies use? They are normally around $1600
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I've had one of these since 2015, and it's worked well. However, I made some serious mods to it, following some ideas published on pinterest.
Namely building a Thien baffle/separator and replacing the dust bag with a (somewhat expensive) Wynn filter.
https://duckduckgo.com/?q=thien+baffle+and+wynn+filter+with+harbor+freight+dust+collector&t=ffab&atb... [duckduckgo.com]
There's plenty of info out there on making mods like that if you're so inclined.
If you plan on upgrading it, stop wasting your money and just buy a better one.
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I see a lot of people buy these, I think they can be okay but if you shop locally you can usually find a used delta/grizzly/jet around the same price and they're usually better because you have the option to run 220v and they usually come with larger impellers.

Also the Wynn filters are great but they are expensive. The Donaldson P181038 is a filter made for trucking/industrial equipment and is the same size/efficiency rating as the Wynn merv 15 but only costs $130-140. That's what I've been running on my dust collector and it's been working great. Just had to make a donut to fit the 19" opening on my collector since the rubber seal on the filter is around 14".
I'm jealous of wherever you live. In my area, people ask near full MSRP for used tools. My recent search yielded someone with this exact model asking "$170. Firm." Another guy wanted MSRP for a Grizzly band saw and his justification was I wouldn't have to pay tax or shipping, but he wasn't going to help load it due to his bad back. 😂

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Thanks for the Donaldson model number. I've seen people mention Donaldson before but never the model and there's a bunch.
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Been waiting for this and finally pulled the trigger Sunday. Typically, similar 2 HP dust collectors are around $300 or higher. If you are a woodworker, which I presume would be the target demo, this is a good deal. I've seen a number of woodworkers on YT that recommend this collector even at the normal price ($209).

Some people have commented on the upgradability of this unit specifically replacing the impeller, or converting to a 2-stage filtration. Both mods are relatively in-expensive (depending on the components you pick) and easy to do. Who doesn't love shop projects?

I own a mix of used and new tools and I am very weary of anything from HF. I've been looking for used 2 HP dust collectors (in the Northeast) and if you can find them it is definitely a seller's market.

Lastly, if you can afford a new JET, Delta, or Grizzly that does all those things you don't need this. However, if you are woodworker who needs dust collection more than your shop vac can provide AND want some flexibility in upgrades options, then seriously consider this $179 option. Mine comes tomorrow and I'm stoked.
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I've also heard of people upgrading the impeller on this. Of course, by that point you're several hundred dollars into the machine, and could have bought a better system in the first place. I'm cheap and like DIY, so I'm probably going to go the same route as you.
Not sure that's right about spending more to get everything from the get-go. The parts are interchangeable to the extent of how DIY you are. A more expensive unit may still not have the filter or impeller you want. At least here you know what you are getting and can add onto it. I did however just decide to never cut inside. If I did decide to do that, I would be running this and exhausting outside. It's extremely hard to filter the air inside, but no one seems to care if you send it all out. In Cities I think there are laws against it, but knowing cities almost nothing is enforced anyway.
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Not sure that's right about spending more to get everything from the get-go. The parts are interchangeable to the extent of how DIY you are. A more expensive unit may still not have the filter or impeller you want. At least here you know what you are getting and can add onto it. I did however just decide to never cut inside. If I did decide to do that, I would be running this and exhausting outside. It's extremely hard to filter the air inside, but no one seems to care if you send it all out. In Cities I think there are laws against it, but knowing cities almost nothing is enforced anyway.
If you heat or cool your workspace, you won't want to exhaust all that conditioned air outside.
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Been waiting for this and finally pulled the trigger Sunday. Typically, similar 2 HP dust collectors are around $300 or higher. If you are a woodworker, which I presume would be the target demo, this is a good deal. I've seen a number of woodworkers on YT that recommend this collector even at the normal price ($209).

Some people have commented on the upgradability of this unit specifically replacing the impeller, or converting to a 2-stage filtration. Both mods are relatively in-expensive (depending on the components you pick) and easy to do. Who doesn't love shop projects?

I own a mix of used and new tools and I am very weary of anything from HF. I've been looking for used 2 HP dust collectors (in the Northeast) and if you can find them it is definitely a seller's market.

Lastly, if you can afford a new JET, Delta, or Grizzly that does all those things you don't need this. However, if you are woodworker who needs dust collection more than your shop vac can provide AND want some flexibility in upgrades options, then seriously consider this $179 option. Mine comes tomorrow and I'm stoked.
I agree with you but…

When comparing to other brands, we have to make sure we're comparing real numbers. Harbor Freight saying their dust collector is 2 HP is almost as big of a lie as any shop vac saying it's 6 hp. Numerous online sources show the amps drawn by the HF DC don't mesh with a 2 HP motor. HF is even comparing their DC to the Shop Fox W1685 which does substantially better in real tests (see link). The Shop Fox cost $250 more right ($425) now on Amazon. If you want performance closer to Shop Fox though, you're looking at spending $100 for the new plus your time value, and you've still got a HF motor.

https://www.woodmagazine.com/tool...collectors
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Just noticed that this price is for club members only, which costs $30 to join, which is the same amount as the discount....so a total of $210 either way (unless you're already a club member for some reason).
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