Dust Collection Systems

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A dust collection systems helps keep your shop clean and will protect your health. Smaller dust collection systems use a single-stage vacuum to perform suction and filtration the dust is drawn into an impeller and collected in a container. Air is recirculated into the shop after passing through an filter to trap smaller particulate. Larger systems utilize a two-stage system separating large particles from fine dust, then drawing the air through the impeller. The air is then exhausted outsides or to a filtering system and recirculated back indoors.


Getting Tough on Dust

Whether it's a large commercial operation, or a weekend woodworker's garage-sized shop, dust collection is an important consideration. At Rockler Woodworking and Hardware, we concentrate on supplying dust collection equipment and supplies designed specifically for the space, needs and budget of hobbyist and small professional shops. Designing an effective dust collection system takes planning and a little know-how. In this article, we'll introduce the most important considerations in designing a dust control strategy that really works, and we'll offer some advice on picking out the dust collection equipment that's best for your shop. On this page, we'll begin by pointing out why woodworkers everywhere are beginning to take dust collection seriously.

 Dealing with Fine Wood Shop Dust

In reality, even the best dust collector can leave clouds of minute airborne dust particles floating through the air. Below, we'll look at the drawbacks of letting fine dust run wild, and strategies for handling the problem. Dust particles are measured in microns, or thousandths of a millimeter. Larger dust particles - over 100 microns or so - are heavy enough to fall to the floor quickly. They're part of the mass of debris that collects with such alarming speed on the floor under and around your woodworking tools.


Dust Collection Systems


A good dust collection system is of import for any shop that is cutting material often enough to be call a wood shop.  In another words, if you have a wood shop you need to look into a dust collection system.


Dust Collection at the Tool Level


Collecting dust at the individual tool level rather than the shop level is often a good idea. Although dust collection of tools is often difficult to do well, and can be more trouble than it worth. But a combination of a good shop-wide dust collection system, coupled with tool level dust collection is often the best option available.


Importance of Dust Collection


Toxic wood dust and small particle dust in your lungs, piles of unsafe sawdust at your feet, and dust on your work product.  There are a lot of reason to want to keep dust out of your shop.


Technical Aspects of Dust Collection


A dust collection system includes a number of components to be able to properly manage the system throughout a shop. Maintaining and keeping the full system under power is important to keep you shop clean.


Wood Dust and It's Dangers

Understanding the dangers, short-term and long-term from dust in a wood shop is important to know why and what type of dust collection system is needed in your shop.


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