|Forum topic by StumpyNubs||posted 02-10-2011 07:10 PM||2722 views||1 time favorited||74 replies|
02-10-2011 07:10 PM
I got some great advise on my homemade dust collection thread this week (about using 2 HF collectors and building my own square ducts), but all of that got me thinking… Maybe there’s an easier, cheaper AND better way!
All the experts say you need a powerful cyclone with a big expensive filter and large 6” ducts, not to mention difficult to modify attachment hoods on every machine- AND perhaps as overhead filteration system… all to capture that fine dust that is so dangerous to your lungs.
That all adds up! I have a good medium duty collector, but only 4” ducts and a 5 micron bag. That makes for a good way to keep the shop clean, but not my lungs. So I’ve been looking into the difficult and expensive process of upgrades. If I upgrade my ducts it’ll cost at least $200-400 for my personal setup which is a bit complicated, PLUS at least another $100 for several short lengths of that hard to find and pricey 6” flex hose. Add a couple hundred more or less for a good filter, and another $100-200 to build my own cyclone, $100-200 for the overhead filter… that’s $600-$1000 IF I do it all on the cheap, and THEN if the collector I have doesn’t end up giving enough suction for this setup I’m in bigger trouble.
So I started thinking- my dust collector and its 4” PVC ducts with it’s 5 micron filter keeps the shop pretty clean. That’s half the battle. The second part is keeping my lungs clean, and THAT can be done with one of those Trend Airshields, can’t it?
So my question is, why put all the money in an upgraded collection system that may or may not get all the dust before my nose does, when I can get gaurenteed 0.3 micron filtration of every breath I take with a shield?
Granted, these things aren’t cheap. The standard model is over $300 and the much better Pro version is over $400. But that’s still cheaper than my upgrades at the low end, and this would be more effective.
Or am I missing something here? Any suggestions?
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