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Forum topic by Abn101mp posted 10-18-2016 12:16 AM 521 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-18-2016 12:16 AM

I have my work shop above my garage. It is insulated and heated with a Monitor propane heater. Nearly half of my work shop is currently filled with furniture and boxes covered with a giant tarp. I have 4 double hung insulated windows and constantly have a fan in one of them as an exhaust for dust. I spend a good 1/3 of my day shopvac’ing every surface in my work area. When I use my table saw I always hook up my vacuum and the same with miter saw and sanders.
Still, the tarp above mentioned has an 1/8 of an inch of dust on it an as we all know tarps arent a ziploc bag, so I know the stuff underneath is is far from free and clear.
As most people, I dont want to spend a ton of money on a system, but I NEED to something about the air quality. Winter is coming and I cant have windows open with my Monitor heater going when its -20 deg here in Northern Maine.

Any help or suggestions would be MORE than appreciated.

-- Dan,Mid-Maine

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#1 posted 10-18-2016 12:41 AM

There are numerous articles, blogs and projects on dust collectors on this site. The most inexpensive one is
the Harbor Freight model and can be easily modified. You can find several days worth of reading here and
on the sites of Bill Pentz and manufacturers such as Oneida. Have fun learning.

-- As ever, Gus-the 79 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#2 posted 10-18-2016 02:45 AM

Sad to say, but there is no cheap alternative to dust collection….In order to do a decent job of dust collecting, you have to spend in upwards of $200-300+ on a d.c., plus running d.c hoses to all your machines with blast gates, etc.It gets expensive. A shop vac just ain’t gonna cut it for the most part….

-- " It's a rat race out there, and the rats are winning....!!"

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