|Forum topic by JeffP||posted 09-27-2015 12:12 PM||1912 views||1 time favorited||57 replies|
09-27-2015 12:12 PM
As you have all probably noticed…dust collection is one of the MOST frequent topics around here.
That suggests to me that the whole topic simply hasn’t been solved yet…or perhaps to put it another way, the “everybody knows” solution maybe works well enough (if you can afford it), but has significant downsides to it.
This thready is purely a “thinking out loud” area for questioning that well trodden path. I don’t offer ANY claim of understanding it better than the experts out there or the many who have shelled out big bucks to go down their path. I just think there SHOULD be a better way, and want to invite some discussion.
I don’t think it is fair to point any fingers or demonize the players in the currently well trodden path of throwing horse-power at it and the inevitable “my hose is bigger than your hose” thing. This path is quite predictable, and with enough time, energy and MONEY…can yield a workable solution. I don’t have any doubt of that; it can be done.
But is it the best way?
Like many of you, I have been “messing around” at improving the “dust situation” in my little hobby shop. Probably like many of you, I have been disappointed with the results so far.
My dabbling and experimentation so far suggest to me that the crux of the problem is the ill-conceived notion that dealing with the visible and annoying dust/chips/shavings should be combined with the solution to the invisible health threat (and cough inducing) airborne dust problem.
Simply put, you have to filter a huge quantity of air to solve the later, and you have to suck really hard to solve the former. Putting those two together creates the horse power and hose size wars we’re all familiar with from this forum.
My own first experiment along this path will be the following: The theory to be tested is that the same or much better dust/chip/shavings remediation can be accomplished with a 2” hose and a cyclone/separator and heavy-duty shop vac…and the same or better air cleaning can be accomplished separately with way less than a horsepower worth of box-fan-with-half-micron-filter type air cleaners and a similarly equipped downdraft table for sanding.
Seems to me this kind of a solution would accomplish the goal for a much smaller price tag.
Since I already own most of the stuff to try out such a system, I plan to work on putting it together and will compare its performance to the (somewhat disappointing) 1.5 HP 4 inch system I have cobbled together so far.
I would really welcome any insights from folks who have already experimented with this dark side of dust collection.
If you are one of the many who have already spent the big bucks doing it the “normal” way, please realize that the “normal way” is already well represented and documented on this forum. If you will permit me the space, I would like to keep this thread about information on and experimentation with alternative solutions. thanks :)
So, what have you tried, and what were your results?
-- Last week I finally got my $*i# together. Unfortunately, it was in my shop, so I will probably never find it again.