Anyone used a garden vac in the workshop?

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Forum topic by LeTurbo posted 08-03-2014 07:04 PM 1106 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-03-2014 07:04 PM

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We have a huge space to keep clean – something like 1100 square metres, shared among several woodworkers. Many of ‘em don’t clean up properly, or lost their orbital sander’s dustbag somewhere, or leave windows and doors open so the dust gets all over, or (worst of all) use a blower on the machines. Then there’s an oily grey dust that seems to drift in from other industries nearby too. It’s probably my imagination, but it all seems to arrive on my patch just when I’ve done some varnishing.

Anyone used a garden vacuum in the workshop? It seems it could be a relatively inexpensive, tough, hard-working solution to the problem. Or am I way off?

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#1 posted 08-03-2014 07:21 PM

What are you calling a garden vacuum? Leaf vacuum? I use a plain Shop Vac but I don’t have nearly the floor space you refer to. Is there any way to motivate them to clean up? Charge them for cleaning their mess?

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#2 posted 08-03-2014 07:31 PM

Yes, I guess you’d call it a leaf vacuum. I figure that if it can deal with leaves, twigs, sand and other stuff, sawdust and shavings and wood chips should be comparable.

We’re looking at some kind of fine – it’ll go towards new equipment, or barbeques, or something. But … well, you know how you can’t really “allocate” dust sometimes. It just is. Omnipresent! I’ll vacuum my patch (OCD and woodworking are hard bedfellows) and 15 minutes later I’m leaving footprints behind.

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#3 posted 08-03-2014 07:45 PM

I don’t use the vacuum attachments, but I do use the leaf blower … I just open the garage door and start from the opposite end. Takes about 2 minutes to blow the shop out, then I close the door and turn my air filtration system on high to scrub the air.

If your leaf vacuum is like mine, the bag is pretty porous, which I think would result in a lot of fine dust in the air in your shop.

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