Dust Collection Systems

Did you  know it’s a fact that woodworkers who own small shops are more exposed to dust than full time commercial woodworkers. Now if you’re only doing a small bit of sawing, then this isn’t really an issue however if you’re also planing, you need to read more. Yes there is something that can be done, and that is where wood planer dust collection systems come into play. Normal wood planers create around one pound of invisible dust for every 20 pounds of sawdust. The problem is that this dust lingers around for many years. A woodshop saw dust collection system is a necessity for woodworkers in order to avoid any health issues. The dust can also worsen any current respiratory conditions. In addition, it can aggravate skin surfaces of the face and hands, which are normally left untreated during woodworking projects.

If you’ve ever driven through a snowstorm when you could not see in front of you because of the snow blowing around, this is pretty much what a woodworker goes through. They experience a cloud of dust around them which makes woodworking projects pretty hard to do at times.

saw dust collectionIt’s recommended that woodworkers utilize a two-stage collection system. The reason this type is recommended is that wood planers produce both coarse and fine particles. The two stage dust collector  has two states. The first is a cyclone and blower and the second is a filter system. How it works is that the dust goes into the cyclone separator. The coarser dust breaks down into fine particles. Then the blower sends it to the filter. In a one stage system, the coarse dust doesn’t get broken down so the end result is an unbalance in the blower. This can wreak serious havoc on the blower over time.

Most dust collectors come with a regular filter that is pretty efficient in collecting fine dust. Some models come with a filter bag which collects even the tiniest particles. Other models have a canister filter which is a container made of pleated fabric and metal mesh and sits upon the collector.

In order to determine the size of the woodshop dust collection you need, figure out the volume of your shop by multiplying the length of the shop by the width of the shop by the height of the shop. Now take that number and multiply it by the number of air changes that occur per hour which is normally around seven or eight an hour. Then take that number and divide it by 60. The answer will be in cubic feet per minute which indicates the way that air cleaners are measured.



Another important factor is how and where in your shop you mount the wood planer dust collection systems. As a general rule, the woodshop dust collector should be placed about ten feet off of the floor. If the ceiling is only eight feet high, then you want to consider placing it about 6 feet off the floor in order to achieve the best circulation. It should also be placed on the longest wall in your woodshop. Now, don’t think dust collection systems don’t need to cost the earth.

Now there’s an even better and more cost effective method and his involves the SHOP FOX W1727 1 HP Dust Collector. It’s been designed for portability, meaning it can be moved from one machine to another or even from one workshop to a different one, as & when needed. So instead of having to get in a company to install & build an entire fixed dust collection system which would also mean you’d need to have running ducts to each machine, you can make use of a portable system which is cheaper and more practical.

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