If you are someone like me who is always making a mess in their workshop, then it is a great idea to invest in a heavy duty shop vacuum. The problem I had was trying to figure out what the best dust collector for my shop was. I previously had a small shop vacuum that was realtively cheap but I needed to find something that was stronger since my shop has grown in size in recent years. That is when I decided on the Harbor Freight Dust Collector. I hope my Harbor Freight Dust Collector review helps you make an educated decision on the best dust collector for your workshop.
Complete Review of the Harbor Freight Dust Collector
My old shop vacuum did the job when it came to small pieces of dust, but when it came to larger chips and full sized dust then it struggled to clean it up. That is why I decided to upgrade a shop vacuum with enough power to handle even the largest wood chips. The Harbor Freight Dust Collector comes with a 2 horsepower motor that gives me more power than other dust collectors I have reviewed.
Harbor Frieght is a company that I know a lot of woodworkers use but this was the first time I had used a dust collector from them so I was a little worried about my decision. But I couldn’t be happier with my decision to purchase this shop vac. I highly recommend it to all of my friends who are looking for a more powerful dust collector.
Pros Of The Harbor Freight Dust Collector
There are a lot of great features when it comes to this dust collector. The first thing you will notice when you power up the Harbor Freight is how much suction power it provides. Maybe it was because I was used to using a smaller shop vac that didn’t have a very big motor, but the first time I used the Harbor Freight I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to clean up my entire shop.
Another feature I absolutely love with this dust collector is how the collection bag is transparent so you know exactly when it’s time to empty the dust from the bag. This seems like it should be a feature that every shop vac has but unfortunately most vacuums don’t have a transparent bag. After a few trips around my new workstation I could visibly see how much cleaning I had actually done and that gave me a sense of achievement for my work.
The third feature that I absolutely love about the Harbor Freight Dust Collector is the 70 gallon collection bag. My old shop vacuum had a small 30 gallon bag that needed to be cleaned out every few minutes of using it. The 70 gallon bag provides me enough room to clean my workstation multiple times over without having to clean out the collection bag. Hopefully this section of the Harbor Freight Dust Collector review touches on all of the benefits that you are hoping for when looking for a new shop vac.
The Cons Of The Harbor Dust Collector
As you may have guessed from the above section, I absolutely love this dust collector. But I knew I had to find a negative to give readers as much knowledge as possible to make an educated buying decision as possible. If I had to find a negative for the Harbor Frieght Dust Collector it would be the assembly process. I might be slower than others but it took me close to 2 hours to assemble to dust collector.
The entire process was relatively easy to assemble to shop vac but it still took longer than I would have liked it to. I would recommend you set some time aside to assemble the dust collector. This is not a product that will be ready straight out of the box if you buy it online and not from a store.
Final Thought Of The Harbor Freight Dust Collector
Overall I absolutely love this dust collector! I believe this is one of the best options if you are looking to upgrade to a more powerful dust collector that won’t break the bank.
I hope my review of the Harbor Freight Dust Collector has given you enough knowledge to make an educated buying decision when you are looking for the best dust collector for your workshop.
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