Cleaning your Shop with a Leaf Blower?

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Forum topic by Slider20 posted 03-01-2017 04:54 AM 2592 views 0 times favorited 34 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-01-2017 04:54 AM

Topic tags/keywords: dust collection

I’ve heard people mention that they clean their shop with a leaf blower, they open the door, put a fan pointed outside and go to town with a leaf blower.

I’ve got decent dust collection and a passive air filter, but inevitably there is fine dust around.

My concern is getting the dust where it should be, is this a good idea?

Any experience.

Here’s a pick of my shop if that matters, I have some more picks if needed in my profile.

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#1 posted 03-01-2017 04:59 AM

Just used one today to clean up around the lathe :)

I have a little electric one for small messes, and a gasoline backpack blower for when the shop really gets out of hand.


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#2 posted 03-01-2017 05:32 AM

I do this all the time. I’ve got cheap Ryobi battery powered one that works great.. It is especially handy for getting dust off the top of things up high but it also allows me to get dust that can’t be reached with a broom or wide vac nozzle without having to move stuff around.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#3 posted 03-01-2017 05:38 AM

Absolutely! For me it’s the final step after I’ve trashed, vac’d and swept. Just make sure all the paper, brushes and half empty glue bottles are off of the tables. You’ll learn the technique and how to finesse it just like any other power tool.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#4 posted 03-01-2017 12:06 PM

The only way to go!

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#5 posted 03-01-2017 12:17 PM

I too do it all the time. I’ve got a little electric one that works great. Even good for all the cobwebs that accumulate in the exposed rafters. I’ve got an old fan from a furnace that I use for exhaust and start blowing towards it from the back.

-- --Zach

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#6 posted 03-01-2017 12:17 PM

Okay, seems like this method works, I’ll give it a go, thanks so much everyone.

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#7 posted 03-01-2017 12:28 PM

I set my shop fans in the open overhead doorway and open the side doors to the shop ( 2 of 3 bays in a 3 car garage) to get a good cross draft after I have swept and vacuumed as much as I can get. Then I go at it with my Husqvarna gas yard blower. It gets a lot of dust etc. you won’t get otherwise and all the extraneous cobwebs too. Lock down the light stuff first so you don’t have to chase it down the driveway. Works great-try it!

-- "Now I'm just another old guy wearing funny clothes"

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#8 posted 03-01-2017 12:46 PM

I do this, but the other way around kind of. Most of my shop is in my basement, but my table saw is in a large shed outside the house. I usually don’t use dust collection since I am in open air. When I’m done using the saw, I use the vacuum attachment on my leaf blower to suck up all the sawdust and then blow everything else to the wind.

-- -Will

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#9 posted 03-01-2017 12:54 PM

Yep … same here! I use a small electric blower every so often to clean out my shop. The leaf blower is the ONLY time I have anything electric in the shop … freaks out the neighbors!

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#10 posted 03-01-2017 01:26 PM

i like to blow my equipments out with a small air compressor and tend to use it and leaf blower for garage.

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#11 posted 03-01-2017 01:31 PM

Wear a dust mask.

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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#12 posted 03-01-2017 01:36 PM

And here I thought I was the only one with redneck dust removal! I sweep first then shop vac the inside of machines and in t-tracks, dog holes etc. on all the tables. Then I open the bay doors and start in the back of the shop and blow it all out. I usually use TS and miter saw out in the driveway and have DC on BS, jointer and planer so it surprises me how much fine stuff finds it way into the nooks and crannies.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#13 posted 03-01-2017 01:56 PM

And here I thought I was the only one with redneck dust removal! ...
- HokieKen

Hardly! I learned the technique from the Caddy Shack movie, and have used it often ever since.

I’ve employed it in the mudroom area of the house as well, when tracked in grit and dog hair puffs have gotten out of control.

Mine is a small electric. For more portability in the space, I’ve been thinking of adding one that would use the same 20v batteries as my Dewalt hand tools.

-- Jim, Houston, TX

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#14 posted 03-01-2017 01:57 PM

Good idea or not, I do it all the time…’s by far the fastest way to get leafs and saw dust out of the shop. If you’ve got an air filter, just turn it on for a while after.

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#15 posted 03-01-2017 02:00 PM

Great of you’ve got a garage door….. I don’t!

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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