What DC set-up do I need?

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Forum topic by Clarence posted 12-17-2009 01:01 AM 1022 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-17-2009 01:01 AM

I haven’t yet started doing much woodworking; I’m mostly setting up my “shop” and collecting tools. Until I retire next year I won’t have much project time.

I have learned that I’m very sensitive to dust—-wood dust and ‘dirt’ dust. I’m wondering how well the respirators work.

Primarily I’m wondering about a system to remove dust and chips at my tools—-routers, sanders, saws, jointers, planers, etc. I’m not interested in “collecting” this stuff unless it’s a necessary step in the removal process. I live on 12 remote acres, so all I want to do is pipe the dust and chips out of my building and let the southerly breeze deal with it. Anything that piles up outside I can shovel into a trailer and give it a John Deere ride.

I may have to deal with dust and chips as separate issues. I’m limited to 110 for now. I’ve wondered about a little squirrel-cage blower Grizzley sells (459 cfm). Would I be better off with a Shop-Vac, or should I just open my doors and turn on a box fan?


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#1 posted 12-17-2009 01:54 AM

Fine dust is bad, hours after you turn your tool off its still around, so unless you like wearing a mask 24/7 while in the shop I would recommend the biggest best DC you can afford. The big chips are just a pain, the fine dust can be a killer. Just my 02 cents. Also depending where you live if you pipe your dust out the heat or AC will go with it.

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#2 posted 12-17-2009 02:24 AM

I would get two things, one a DC and two an air cleaner. You can either install rigid duct and hose going to each tool from the DC or you can move the DC from tool to tool. There are web pages on the internet that tell you what size DC you’ll need depending on the tools you plan to use and how much duct work you have in your shop. The DC will only get the bigger particles of dust, the rest will be taken care of by the air cleaner, my air cleaner completely cycles the air in the shop in about a minute on its highest setting, this removes all the fine dust particulate. I have everything contained in my shop (not vented outdoors) there are some other Lj’s that have their DC’s vented outdoors that can help you more with that topic, the only thing I could tell you is that if you plan to work with walnut there is a natural chemical produced by the walnut tree to kill off other trees (this is a defense mechanism) so if you have a forest around you that you would like to keep you would have to find a way to contain the dust. Hope this helps.

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