Do o need a dust collector and air filteration for one bandsaw

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Forum topic by tigerwoodsman posted 02-07-2018 10:07 PM 2625 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-07-2018 10:07 PM

I work almost exclusively with hand tools. Don’t sand everything is either done on my bandsaw or at the bench. I have dust collection on bandsaw. Is it nesessary for me have a ceiling mount air filtration unit that Jet or PM makes?

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#1 posted 02-07-2018 10:21 PM

I have one of those ceiling mount Jet units (AFS-1000B) and I rarely use it. It does a good job of capturing the very fine dust particles that are floating in the air. If I could do it over again I’m not sure I would buy it—primarily because I just don’t use it that often.

I would think that a small dust collector or maybe even a good shop vac with a dust deputy—is all that you really need for a bandsaw. It probably won’t meet OSHA standards, but it will make clean-up less of a chore.

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#2 posted 02-07-2018 10:25 PM

I don’t know, it sure seems like my bandsaw is the “dust makingest” thing I own. I get as much fine dust off of my bandsaw as I do my vertical belt sander. I believe a dust collector, shop vac used as a dust collector or an air scrubber {fan in a box with filters} are never bad things to have in a shop. Any time you can cut down on dust you have done something.
I don’t like dust, but I especially don’t like to breath it.

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#3 posted 02-07-2018 10:29 PM

Right, the bandsaw makes a lot of fine dust. An air cleaner will certainly be good for your lungs.

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#4 posted 02-07-2018 11:43 PM

I only have a bandsaw now and I’m used to a tablesaw which created massive amount of dust compared to my bandsaw

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#5 posted 02-07-2018 11:57 PM

I saw this video the other day about band
saw dust collection. Some good ideas in it.

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#6 posted 02-08-2018 01:26 AM

The dust collector on the band saw should collect the major part of the sawdust but an air cleaner is always helpful.

There are several people who have posted projects in the past air cleaners they have made from box fans or better a squirrel cage blower from an old HVAC (home heater). The squirrel cage blower can often be gotten free from home heating businesses. That is what I have done and it does a great job and in my case also circulates the heat from my shop wood stove.

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#7 posted 02-08-2018 03:15 PM

That Rob Cosman video is a good one. Most bandsaws have terrible dust collection. Only about half of the dust gets to where they build in the dust collections points and even then, they are not well designed to get even the majority of the dust. .

I have a cheap Wen air cleaner that I bought last year when they dropped the price below $100 (reg ~$150) and I can tell that it helps. If you find that you get a fine layer of dust settling around the shop fairly often or at least after using your bandsaw, you might benefit from an air cleaner.

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