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02-10-2015 02:15 AM

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I have a large saw dust collector in my shop and have lots of saw dust accumulated. What does everyone do with their sawdust? Are there any good uses for it rather than throw away?


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#1 posted 02-10-2015 02:41 AM

I give mine to my neighbour. He is a mechanic and likes it for soaking up oil. But I use mostly hand tools and a lathe so it isn’t especially fine dust. More chips and shavings.

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#2 posted 02-10-2015 06:40 PM

If you compost, you can mix some into the compost pile being careful not to leave it piled on itself as it will retain rain water. I have a couple acres of woods and spread larger quantities on the foot paths to control weed growth.

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#3 posted 02-10-2015 06:57 PM

Farms use it for bedding, you can use it in thin layers for composting, you can use it to burnish wood projects,

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#4 posted 02-10-2015 07:05 PM

if your “sawdust” is full of non organic material = like dust from MDF

put it in a garbage bag and treat it like your other non recyclables

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#5 posted 02-10-2015 09:55 PM

Crap I forgot to add that, not to mention PT or painted or poly coated wood

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#6 posted 02-11-2015 12:44 AM

Around here people are pretty keen on wood pellet stoves and we a have a couple of folks that manufacture them. Every other month a guy from the area whirls around to everyone’s shop and collects their dust. No money exchanges hands but he gets a little something from the manufacturer and I get a clean(er) shop!

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#7 posted 02-15-2015 10:03 AM

I have a neighbor lady who raises chickens as I don’t cut any mdf or any other such materials and only cut wood itself all of mine goes to her chickens for bedding

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#8 posted 02-15-2015 04:11 PM

I just dump it in the wooded area behind my house.

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#9 posted 02-15-2015 04:15 PM

Be cautious of where it goes if walnut dust is in there. It will kill plants and is also dangerous to horses.

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#10 posted 02-15-2015 04:18 PM

It can also be used for mulch but make sure it’s not deep. There is a thread on here about a foot deep patch of dust and shavings spontaneously combusted and burned the guy’s porch. He was lucky he caught it before it engulfed his house.

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#11 posted 02-16-2015 02:24 AM

I use it to fill in low spots and have NOT found it to mulch out the grass. Our bermuda grass seems to love it (even the walnut)!

But walnut shavings/sawdust will kill horses!!!

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#12 posted 02-21-2015 06:04 AM

Many uses, save the medium size stuff for mixing with soap to clean my hands. Mix with some old glue you cannot use or motor oil and you have fire starter sticks. Works good on stains and spills of most anything.

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