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Dust Collection System or not ??

  • Travlr7

Travlr7 replied the topic: Dust Collection

Evenin' Woodman:

I thought my 9' by 10 ' (90 sq ft) shop was small, but you 30 sq ft is down right Microscopic! :lol: :lol: :lol:

Not much room for onlookers! :P

"Just one OLD man, havin' a little fun." :wink:
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Woodman replied the topic: Re: Dust Collection System or not ??

Ah .. did I mention that math was not one of my strenghts :oops: (neither is typing), would you believe my workshop is something slightly less than three hundred square feet :)
  • Travlr7

Travlr7 replied the topic: Shop size

That's OK. :lol: You did have me going for a while 8O .

"Just one OLD man sittin' and typin'." :wink:
  • scrit

scrit replied the topic: Re: Dust Collection System or not ??

Surely it is better to collect dust at the point of production, i.e. connect your machines to a dust extractor rather than let a ceiling mounted extractor do te work AFTER your lungs have pre-filtered the air? Just my two cents worth!
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colin replied the topic: Dust Collecting

Hmmm, I hadn't thought about it those terms, you are right "scrit", it makes a who lot of sense to collect dust at the source. I guess my only other comment in defense of a ceiling mounted air cleaner (which I don't have) would be that even collecting dust at the source is not 100%, which leaves dust in the air, that we then inhale, and maybe cleaning that air will at least help us inhale less dust.
Having said all that, I think it make a lot more sense to have some sort of a mask ... like the full face masks with good quality filters and even a small fan. I know they are expensive but I know a few people who have them and they are quite happy with them.
Good suggestions and thoughts to ponder on this Forum :D
  • scrit

scrit replied the topic: Re: Dust Collection System or not ??


I agree that you can't get 100% of the wast by source point extraction, but you can go a long way towards a cleaner working environment. I've recently replaced the filter bags on my twin bagger extractor - rather than go down the pleated paper filter track I talked to a textile bag manufacturer who supplied a new pair of bags which filter to 0.5 micron. The improvement in draft through the system was a revalation to me, and the improvement in air quality, especially after sawing MDF, means that I need to do a lot less cleaning up before finishing. The filters cost me less than 1/4 of what I was quoted on pleated filter units BTW.


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