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Forum topic by Loren posted 01-10-2012 07:02 AM 2452 views 0 times favorited 44 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-10-2012 07:02 AM

Wacky question. I’m just curious.

I am not obsessed but I do make an effort to hook my big offenders
up. Now I have a central cyclone with fixed ducting and 2 main ports
for the planer and the table saw which are my big offenders, plus a
vacuum setup for sanders, routers and track saw. The jointer and
bandsaw I haven’t bothered with.

I work in a shop with a rollup door so I can sweep or blow dust to
the outside to clean up. In an enclosed shop like a basement
you’d have to sweep or capture everything; what a drag :(

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#1 posted 01-10-2012 07:06 AM

In an enclosed shop like a basement you’d have to sweep or capture everything; what a drag :(

Aint that the truth and my problem is I still have a dirt floor… I try to minimise it as much as I can but till I can afford concrete floor and a dust extraction system Iam learning to swim in it… lol

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#2 posted 01-10-2012 07:07 AM

Not obsessed, always use it w/the planer, and most the time w/jointer. Need to work on using it more w/table saw and band saw. Should be some sort of resolution.

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#3 posted 01-10-2012 07:43 AM

I don’t have any dust collection attached to any of my machines. That is because I don’t really have a shop, YET! My tools & machines are piled in the corner. I’m currently painting & reorganizing the basement, so that I can setup my shop. Shop setup should begin next week. The FIRST thing on my “To Do” list is upgrade my 2HP HF DC with; a Wynn Enviromental 35A274NANO cartridge filter (scheduled for delivery tomorrow), installation of a Thein Baffle pre-seperator (to be built), powered through a Long Ranger III remote (arrived yesterday). The SECOND thing on my “TO DO” list is to repurpose a furnace squirrel cage blower (blower & filters on hand) and build an air cleaner.
So to answer your question, Yes I am (or soon will be) obsessed with dust collection & air purification! My obsession is two fold. I want to preserve my lung function and MOST importantly….I HATE TO CLEAN!!!

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#4 posted 01-10-2012 07:52 AM

Central vac for all the tools (table saw, jointer, band saw, planer and two sanding stations) with blast gates at each except for the router table and miter saw. They each have their own. Frankly, I wish the central vac worked better than it does. I think it suffers from trying to service too many machines (even with the blast gates). I will probably need to add another vac for the lathe as soon as I get one and at some point improve on the existing system as a whole to make it function better. Oh yeah, I almost forgot…I also have a Festool vac for all the hand held tools. It works the best of all.

-- Beth, Oklahoma, Rambling Road Designs

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#5 posted 01-10-2012 08:01 AM

I’m about as obsessed with dust collection as I can be without being able to have a dust collector. And it’s more for the cleanliness than the health of my lungs (I know, it should be the reverse).

Now, if I had the kind of space I’d like without noise to worry about, I’d be quite obsessed. There’s just something about processing wood with powerful equipment and having it be completely dustless…

-- Optimists are usually disappointed. Pessimists are either right or pleasantly surprised. I tend to be a disappointed pessimist.

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#6 posted 01-10-2012 08:14 AM

I’m pretty obsessed about it. I collect it all over everything.

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#7 posted 01-10-2012 08:30 AM

I’m currently trying to afford the duct work for my 2HP dust collector. My garage shop is 20×20 and the tools are arranged coincidentally in a way to I never have to go too far. According to FWW’s 2011 Tool Guide I will have short enough runs to maintain 800 CFM at most of my tools. The Jointer and Bandsaws are at the end. Tablesaw and planer are right next to the collector. I also have an old Tornado shop vac from the 60’s.

To top it off, I have a Delta Air Cleaner which cycles my whole shop 16 times every hour.

To answer your original question: Very obsessed.

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#8 posted 01-10-2012 08:44 AM

I use the dust collectors on the big tools, but honestly, though I’ve tried to be more aware of dust, the reality is doing it for a living, you’re gonna have to breath some of it.

I’m trying to get away from alluminumoxide sanding papers because I have concerns about them. Sure there haven’t been any studies yet, but alluminum has been linked to alziemers, so I do at least use the bags on the sanders. The amount of dust they catch is actually quite significant, and I breath considerably less dust with them. But then I’ve always adjusted my breathing patterns to reduce dust inhalation anyways. Surprisingly though, I never noticed I did it til someone asked me about it. Inhale when the sander is furthest, and the dust isn’t coming at you as much, exhale while it is (or hold breath).

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#9 posted 01-10-2012 03:00 PM

Yea, I’ve got a basement shop, I’m asthmatic, and my Wife is a Doc; I’m concerned about dust collection.

My first two shop purchases were Powermatic dust collection and air filtration units, and I use them whenever I can. I don’t have a permanent system piped, I move the DC around. I use it for the TS, jointer, router table and band saw. I built a quick and dirty downdraft table I use for sanding, along with DC on the sander; it really helps keep the dust down. I also wear a half mask respirator when sanding anything, and while cutting MDF.

So far, I haven’t had any issues with dust getting out of the shop, and the dust in the shop really isn’t too bad. This is also good as I don’t have a separate finishing area. I haven’t been motivated to try to add a wok to my DC, or a separator to the system; seems pretty clean as it is.

-- John

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#10 posted 01-10-2012 03:06 PM

Answer to the question; Not very. When it gets in the way I shovel it up or sweep it under my Ural to absorb the oil spots.

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#11 posted 01-10-2012 03:12 PM

I used to think I was until I came here & saw some of the systems. Admittedly, I use mine more to prevent a mess than prevent disease. I need an upgrade.

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#12 posted 01-10-2012 03:53 PM

I used to be obsessed. But then I realized that you simply can’t get all of it unless you spend a FORTUNE! I have a 2HP collector with 4” ducts to every machine. But that’s more for the chips than the finest dust. And if I use a hand router, I make a mess. If I use hand tools, I make a mess. And the table saw always makes a mess.


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#13 posted 01-10-2012 04:12 PM

Not as much as I should be. I’ve known for sometime that the shop/garage I have now is temporary … we plan to move in a few months (anybody want to buy a house?), so I have gotten by with a shop-vac/Oneida dust deputy combo, a Jet DC650A that I hook up to bigger tools, and a ShopVac Air Cleaner.

The saving grace has been that for about half of the year, I can roll tools out on the driveway. The light is better out there, cleanup goes a lot faster, and dust collection isn’t so much of an issue.

The new shop … when I have one … will have a better, more efficient system.


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#14 posted 01-10-2012 04:17 PM

I’m glad to see such interest in dust collecting and the health concerns about breathing dust. In the not too distant past safety in the shop was equated to “bleeding”. Injuries that occur over longer periods of time seldom received attention.

I am saddened whenever I see a guy, my age or younger, carrying his oxygen around with him. I know that not only is he suffering a decrease in quality of life, but a shortened life as well. A lot of the woods that we use are toxic, and collecting the dust at the source is a damm good idea.

Now if we could only develop similar awareness of protecting our hearing.

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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#15 posted 01-10-2012 04:27 PM


Can you say that again, I didn’t hear you!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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