Whether you are in the woodworking shop dusting out your lathes or sanding that excess pine wood to finish your home theater, you need to understand the role that dust plays in woodworking. Most woodworking shops use a variety of different machines for woodworking. Consequently, they also generate much dust which contains a wide range of particle sizes and characteristics as well.
In order to make sure that you are maximizing the life of your woodworking equipment, it is important to take proper care of your machine. Unfortunately, because of the type of machining processes that are used in woodworking shops, there is often much more dust than one would think is possible. Many people are surprised to find out that it is actually quite difficult to eliminate all of the dust produced by their machines. That said, there are options available to help you maintain the optimal performance of your woodworking tools as well as to improve their life expectancy. This will not only help you make the most of your woodworking tools and equipment, but it will also save you money by allowing you to make fewer repairs or simply keep them operating at peak levels.
One of the best ways to improve the life of your woodworking tools is to add a woodworking dust collection device. Dust collection systems come in many forms. Some simple and inexpensive units include a bag which can be placed over the work piece while it is being worked on. These simple units are extremely helpful and do an excellent job of collecting the woodshop’s dust. A more advanced woodworking dust collection device collects the dust from a much larger area and can be used to clean up a shop quickly and easily.
There are several types of woodworking dust collectors that can be used in woodworking shops. The most popular dust collectors are most often found in commercial duct systems. Commercial duct systems are used by shops which generate large amounts of dust because of their size and continuous operation. Many commercial duct systems are made out of plastic and/or metal. The material has been specifically designed to provide superior air flow properties for long lasting durability. Unlike smaller duct systems, commercial ducts are not only very effective at collecting dust, but they are also highly efficient, making them ideal for airless environments.
Another type of wood dust collection system is a small cyclone dust collection machine. cyclone machines use high-speed fans to move the air through the cyclone. The air is forced through a HEPA filter (High Efficiency Particulate Air) that is designed to trap smaller particles of dust. The larger particles of dust are usually sucked into the large HEPA filters located on the top and bottom of the machine. The filter helps to ensure the air is kept fresh and conditioned, while the fans help to move the air through the machine.
For the home DIY enthusiast, an industrial woodworking dust collection system is not an expensive purchase. The machine will be more than sufficient to collect the wood dust from all the corners of the shop. Home DIY woodworking enthusiasts may consider purchasing an off the shelf dust collection system, as this may be all that is needed to keep the shop clean.
Most DIY enthusiast prefer to go with a custom, handcrafted dust collector. These types of units are designed for the experienced welder, and are built specifically for the customer to help improve airflow, reduce particle accumulation, and maximize air circulation. The customized units are built to last longer, have a wider dust collection area, and can be tailored to specific application needs.
Woodworking dust collectors are an excellent investment for anyone with a shop. These systems offer clean air to all working areas without the need for a large ventilation system or expensive power sources. Woodworking shops can save thousands of dollars on power costs, as well as the cost of toxic chemicals. DIYers may not see significant savings in these types of power sources, but the dust collection systems can still prove quite beneficial. The investment may not seem like much now, but every dollar saved can eventually add up and help make the projects finished much faster and safer.