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Thread: Dust collector advice

  1. #16
    Join Date
    Feb 2018
    Peoria, AZ
    Quote Originally Posted by Spike Sipe View Post
    This is where I get frustrated. Half the people say the HF is good, the other half say it's crap. Somebody's got to be wrong here...
    Nobody has to be wrong, and it's not just crap vs. good. I should have used different words. The HF may be "good enough" for you, maybe not. It was not for me, and many other people. We all work differently, have different tools and spaces, and different expectations. Objectively, we can say that the HF doesn't move as much air as the larger/better ones, and that having a 5" backbone is better than 4". The HF just can't maintain velocity in 5" tubing. So you make your choices from there based on what you can spend. I disagree on "don't buy anything if you can't afford the best." I really couldn't buy more at that time, and am glad I did *something* to start with. I just wish that once I could afford it, I'd upgraded sooner.

  2. #17
    Join Date
    Jun 2017
    Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
    I think Chris was saying that because they leak through many of the gasket joints they all are bad. If not at first they will eventually. Just look at all the little dust plumes where the leaking dust leaves a streak on the metal. All the systems people have showed me had them and they were proud on how good their DC worked and that was not taking into account the layers of dust on every surface in their shop.

  3. I found my 3hp Oneida cyclone used/like new for $1,000 with a bunch of blast gates. Haven't set it up yet.
    "Anything seems possible when you don't know what you're doing."

  4. #19
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Helensburgh, Australia
    If forced to use a bag/filter type dust extractor put it outside the workshop. There is a whole forum detailing all the problems and I am not going to repeat several years of findings here because it is impossible. Go to the Australian site and start reading. Yes a 3hp Asian DE can be made to work but the US climate would make that difficult in the winter for a lot of users. Peter would back me up on the quality of the work that has gone into finding out how to go about setting up DE in a shed and making it work.

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