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09-21-2012 02:38 AM

Dust is a big thing in your shop. It is also very dangerous to have dust all over your shop. (WHERE A DUST MASK, AND DON’T BREATHE SAWDUST) Just wandering how you control you dust in your shop? What kind of Dust Collector do you have?

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#1 posted 09-21-2012 02:44 AM

Got dat hf impeller goin to random scraps of pvc from either around the house and the dump connected by duct tape. lots of random sizes and connectors. It goes to the bandsaw, the spindle sander, and a dust-right hose for the table saw. it vents outdoors. Its a pretty ghetto setup but it sucks hard!

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#2 posted 09-21-2012 02:48 AM

That’s a great Idea Cole! Thanks for the comment!


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#3 posted 09-21-2012 02:50 AM

I have a HF 2HP DC. I will be running ducting throughout the shop. I have a shop made ambient air cleaner, with a MERV 11 filter.

The best way to control sawdust, (IMHO) is to NOT cut any wood!!! Lol.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#4 posted 09-21-2012 03:10 AM

I use a HF 2HP dust collector and a Jet air cleaner and then I wear a dust B Gone mask. You have to be careful about dust and protect your lungs!

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#5 posted 09-21-2012 03:37 AM

I have large Ridgid shop vac going into a Oneida Dust Deputy to a long hose which I can easily plug to TS, BS, router table, sanders, sanding station, etc. In addition to that, I have an shop built air cleaner hanging from ceiling.

I also have a 1/2 3M Face mask with a top filter I wear on really bad stuff.

It could be better… but, it seems to be getting me by… Hope so anyway…

Beggars can’t be choosy… LOL

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#6 posted 09-21-2012 03:47 AM

1) I use a ClearVue cyclone through a 7” metal duct system in my small (8×20) shop. I spent some significant time and effort working the use of that air at each machine/location (band saw example: ) The dust collector is my most expensive machine due to the priority I set on maintaining healthy breathing air.

2) I use an air quality monitor to determine if my efforts work or not. (If you see dust in the air then the air quality is obviously very unhealthy. But if you do not see dust, then you do not know that your air quality is good because you can’t see the finest unhealthy dust. You need a monitor to tell you since the dust is invisible.)

3) I use a ceiling fan running 24/7 to stir up the air to minimize fine dust from settling.

4) I use a HEPA filter running 24/7 to collect the unseen fine dust stirred up by the ceiling fan.

This results in excellent quality breathing air in my shop (my highest priority goal) and good housekeeping (a nice lower priority side benefit). When the dust level rises from some operation the HEPA filter brings it back down quickly.

My shop vacuum has a HEPA filter with a Dust Deputy in front of it to keep it from plugging quickly.


-- Ed

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#7 posted 09-21-2012 05:16 AM

I have a Grizzly G1029 2hp DC with a 12” impeller with a JDS 1 micron cannister filter hooked to 6” mains, which go to 4” drops.

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#8 posted 09-21-2012 11:11 AM

I’m running an Oneida with 6” duct to everything that I could cobble a 6” connection to. I completely replaced the hood on the drum sander to accomplish this with a shop made hood. If I knew then what I know now I would have bought the CV over the Oneida, still may change that over to CV some day.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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#9 posted 09-21-2012 11:35 AM

My 2 car garage is my shop and the double garage door is always open when I’m working in my shop. I have a box fan that’s always on, gets hot in there! I only have a Ridgid shop-vac and it sucks up most of the dust. I’ll put a mask on when needed. When I quit for the day I sweep up the floor to pick most of what lands there and then used my leaf blower to blow the rest of the dust out the door. Works for me! I recycle the wood waste by adding it to our garden soil. At my last residence I had a dream set up. All my equipment was hooked up to a Grizzly double bagger system. I miss that so much!!! But I’m thankful for what I do have!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#10 posted 09-21-2012 11:51 AM

I just got my ClearVue cyclone setup finished. I haven’t used it much yet, but it seems to work really well. I ran 6” PVC to all the machines.

I was using a Powermatic 1300 1.75hp DC, but was still finding the fine dust all over the shop.

I also have an air filter hanging from the ceiling.

I’ll either use a better quality paper dust mask, or pull out the real halfmask respirator depending on what I’m doing. Sanding always gets the half mask.

-- John

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#11 posted 09-21-2012 01:56 PM

HF DC with felted bags, ambient air cleaner, ceiling fans (2), 16 gal Ridgid vac with good filter, cross circulation from windows and doors, and I clean the shop when I finish each day. Since I have a cvt floor, I damp mop once a week too.
Do I sound like your mother with all the cleaning being done? If so, that’s a compliment. I can’t STAND working in a dirty, cluttered shop. :)


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#12 posted 09-21-2012 01:59 PM

2HP w/Wynn, an Echo mulching vacuum for shaving clean-up, a Trend respirator, and a JET ambient filter.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#13 posted 09-21-2012 02:11 PM

hand tools.

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#14 posted 09-21-2012 02:25 PM

I have a shop vac, that’s connected to most of my tools. But I normally just sweep up the dust on the ground with a broom. I don’t have room for a dust collector, but i’m considering getting another shop vac. Maybe a dust deputy too.

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#15 posted 09-21-2012 05:12 PM

I have a 2HP Laguna cyclone. I have run 6” spiral ductwork from Penn State Industries througout the shop. Overall, this does a very good job. It is a night-and-day improvement compared to my old system, which was a 1-1/2 HP Jet bag collector that ran through 4” PVC.

There are a lot of improvements I could make, but this system works extremely well as is, so those improvements are pretty far down on my to-do list.

-- Kelby

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