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Forum topic by PASs posted 03-27-2013 12:59 PM 1555 views 0 times favorited 22 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-27-2013 12:59 PM

Topic tags/keywords: shop cleaning clean dust dust collector blower compressor tip trick pndswipes pndselling sawdust shavings dust collection quick clean fast clean

My shop is also my garage and my storage for way too much stuff. Every nook and cranny is packed with something. Even with a dust collector I still have shavings and sawdust everywhere, and sweeping just can’t reach some spots.

So occasionally I grab the old Toro electric leaf blower, a full face respirator, and blow out the shop (think Bill Murray in CADDYSHACK).
I check prevailing wind, open the big front door and both side doors, and blow all the junk down-wind starting with the up-wind door.
Works like a charm.
Even if I don’t get everything it gets tons of dust I can’t get any other way. And I keep finding things I’ve lost.

I tried compressed air but even 120 psi doesn’t put out the volume of air the leaf blower can.
It’s like the difference between a shop vac and the dust collector.

Just thought I’d share.

-- Pete, "It isn't broken, you just aren't using it right."

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#1 posted 03-27-2013 01:12 PM

Every time my wife cranks up one of those infernal machines and starts cleaning up near me, especially if I’m sitting on the patio thinking about something, she drives me crazy. It takes me hours to recover my thoughts, which seem to have been blown to hell and back. I’m sure they can do wonders in the right hands – maybe a woodworker’s hand. Pete, I hope they work well in yours. A clean shop is a wonderful thing to have. May you always be happy in your work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#2 posted 03-27-2013 01:16 PM

That’l teach you to think….I try to avoid it whenever possible.

-- Pete, "It isn't broken, you just aren't using it right."

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#3 posted 03-27-2013 01:17 PM

I do the same thing. just have to put papers and light objects away first.

-- What if the Hokey Pokey really is what its all about?

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#4 posted 03-27-2013 01:20 PM

Pete, you’re probably right – especially if my wife is around. ;-|

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#5 posted 03-27-2013 01:21 PM

My garage shop gets blown out every time I mow. Much easier than sweeping or using the shop vac!

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#6 posted 03-27-2013 01:34 PM

I have the same garage shop with the same problems. Quarterly, new stuff gets piled up and I gut the garage and rearrange it. I use my Echo blower.

It sorely needs it again, but I lack time!!!

-- jay,

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#7 posted 03-27-2013 02:33 PM

I use compressed air, mainly to blow the dust off tool racks and such. A leaf blower in my small shop would probably be like a tornado! A leaf blower might be a great idea though for a large shop.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#8 posted 03-27-2013 02:40 PM

I do the same with my leaf blower. That’s one advantage of having a garage shop over a basement shop.

-- Julian

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#9 posted 03-27-2013 02:47 PM

Hunh! Well! See what you know?

That dust is a protective coating to keep the surfaces of the stuff looking handsome and nice!

(That’s my story and I’m stickin’ too it!)

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#10 posted 03-27-2013 03:03 PM

I do the same in my garage with a gas leaf blower from time to time. It works well


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#11 posted 03-27-2013 03:09 PM

I’ve done the same, but point all my fans out the door and open one window. It is amazing how much brighter it gets after the flour tubes are clean. (sorry neighbors :)

-- Who is John Galt?

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#12 posted 03-27-2013 03:57 PM

Make sure you remember to shut the car windows outside…..because then more cleaning ensues.

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#13 posted 03-27-2013 04:01 PM

When you start cleaning out the inside of your car with the leaf blower then you know it is time to seek professional help… just sayin’

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS251

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#14 posted 03-27-2013 04:07 PM

lol. Ohhhhhh…..I thought it was a car cleaner….......woops.

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#15 posted 03-27-2013 05:24 PM

PAS s, I also clean my garage several times a year with a leaf blower when weather allows. I turn on all the fans and help remove any air born dust also. I do notice that I have to wash the outside of my over head doors as they seem to always have a coating of fine dust on them when I am finished.. I must laugh as I have an old ford ranger pickup that I use to only haul lawn mowers around during the summer. I give it a good cleaning also with my leaf blower. It is a real “beater” but it is just right for hauling around lawn mowers to the yards I must mow. My wife just shakes her head when I “clean” my mower truck – lol

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