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#1 posted 08-03-2012 03:00 PM

If you can do it, moving the dust collector outside is a great idea especially if the collector is not efficient at collecting the fine stuff. Returning the dust laden air is not! 5 microns is not that great for filtration since the stuff 10 times smaller than that is the really dangerous stuff. If you are unable to filter the small particulate, do not return the air to the shop. Venting the collector is a better idea. However, Dust collectors are designed so the filter media provides some static pressure in the system that reduces airflow. Without that resistance your DCs motor will draw higher amperage and have to dissipate more heat. This may/may not be an issue depending on the motor plate amperage. I am sure you wouldn’t want the motor to go up in a puff of smoke!

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