Woodworking Dust Collectors


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.


Even more tips for dust collection

In my small shop, I have to move the larger stationary tools out of the way when I'm not using them. That means I am always connecting and disconnecting dust-collection hoses from my equipment. I needed a hookup I could quickly secure and separate, so I made my own from a steel spring clamp and a hose clamp from an auto-parts store. After cutting the hose clamp in the middle, I pop-riveted the cut ends to the jaws of a spring clamp.


Upgrading a Small Dust Collector

Detailed advice on beefing up the capacity of a dust collection system in a small shop.  I have a shop that is roughly the same size as yours and also started out with a small dust collector. I discovered that the smaller dust collectors are not suited for what you are trying to do (not enough cfm). I suggest saving your money, sell your small "chip collector" and buy a true cyclone; many companies now make a good one for the small shop.


Wood Shop Dust Collection System Specs

This discussion supplies a wealth of detail on duct sizing, vacuum capacity, cyclone separator design, and more. A dust collector capable of delivering an honest 800 cfm to the machine would be just the ticket for your requirement. Look for a dust collector that has both 6" intake and outlet, and at least a 12" impeller. A large filter surface will flow more air at a lower resistance (pressure drop) and improve small particle filtration.


Choosing a Dust Collector

It's helpful to know the airflow capacity of a dust collector at various static pressures.  Many less-scrupulous manufacturers measure CFMs with no duct work connected to them, so the ratings don't reflect anything like actual shop conditions. The resistance created by having to pull air (and chips) through duct work is called static pressure and the unit of measure is inches of water column.


Introducing Dust Collection

Dust Collection is an integral part of your workshop. If you do not have it, you will eventually want to integrate it into your shop setup.  Along with purchasing the dust collector, you have to start thinking about all the accessories you need to have to start using it.  


Dust Collectors

Dust collectors come in numerous sizes depending on the application. They come from say 1 HP internal units used inside a plant which are used on individual machines in small shops. These have a canvas bag on the top with another canvas bag on the bottom which collects the sawdust. They are on wheels and can be moved around the shop wherever needed. Larger units will go to, as an example, 125 HP and bigger.


Dust Collection

Shop-vacuum hoses have a way of unwinding on their own, creating a hazard underfoot. To keep yours in check, build this hose holder. When you install the mounting screws in the perforated hardboard, just snug them up because over tightening will strip out the holes.



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