This past weekend I assembled my new dust collector, Jet’s 2HP cyclone unit. The whole process took about two hours, most of which was spent getting the “head” (motor/impleller) mounted onto the frame. That part, when done according to the instructions was honestly hard to do.
As you can see in the photo I used my “shop crane”, a Harbor Freight 1-ton model, to lift the head. Unfortunately the legs of the shop crane did not allow the cyclone’s frame to be positioned directly underneath the head… they are about the exact same width as the halves of the frame. So I tipped the two parts towards each other and got them bolted up. This wasn’t an elegant or safe operation but it worked. After it was bolted up I was able to tip the dust collector back upright.
If I had to do this over again I would still use my shop crane to lift the head, but I would not have first assembled the two frame halves together. I would have left them separate and bolted them onto the head while in the air. Then I would have lowered the dust collector to a horizontal position cradling the head on some the styrofoam it was packed in, and then assembled the rest of the frame. Tilting it back up could have been assisted by the shop crane.