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#1 posted 02-23-2010 05:54 PM

Sorry to hear of your troubles… And thanks for your perspective on the issue. Some folks are more sensitive than others, but we are all vulnerable.

Before you go blowing money on a dust collector, you really ought to read Bill Pentz’ writings on the subject. They are deep, and unfortunately a bit biased toward an engineer’s perspective (I believe Bill is an engineer). He is right on base with most of his assertions, a bit extreme in other areas, but for good reason as you found out…

AT A MINIMUM, you will want… #1. An excellent flowing 1.5HP or 2HP dust collector, fitted with a 1 micron or LOWER cartridge filter. #2. A separator, Bill recommends a Neutral vane, I have found a Thien cyclone more effective, and easier to build. #3. Improved tool dust collection. I am still working on that. My table saw is a HUGE problem. I have 3 ports, and only DC support for 2… Working on fixing the issue. The bottom side of my saw gets cleared well, the top is a nightmare… Bill has some great ideas here, I have applied some, come up with one or two of my own, have a long way to go here, but progress is better than none… #4. Air cleaner. Doesn’t have to be fancy. I am working on a ceiling mounted air cleaner per the Shop Notes plan. Until it is done, I am using a regular box fan with a 3M Ultra Allergen filter… #5. Respirator with the best cartridges you can get. Mine is fitted with P100’s. I am considering a full face respirator for my lathe work as well.. Wearing a respirator under a face shield doesn’t work well…

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