Workshop Dust Collection Systems
Written by Todd Fratzel.
Dust Collection Systems
Dust collection is extremely important in any workshop. Not only is it important to your health but it’s also an important step in keeping your tools clean and running well. Workshop dust collection systems can be as simple as a shop vac hooked up to a single hose or as complex as the one in the photograph.
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Dust Collection Equipment
The following equipment can help you create a custom dust collection system for your workshop. It’s really easy to come up with a system that fits your workshop, power tools and budget. The sky really is the limit so use some of the following information and your imagination to come up with a great dust collection system.
The heart of any dust collection system is a dust collector. Dust collectors can be as simple as a Shop Vac or as complex as a huge baghouse for manufacturing plants. I recommend you buy Woodshop Dust Control: A Complete Guide to Setting Up Your Own System which is a great book showing you how to design your own dust collection system. Shop Fox makes some really great dust collectors and most average size shops can take advantage of the SHOP FOX W1685 1.5-Horsepower 1,280 CFM Dust Collector.
If you’re going to build a dust collection system you’ll need to buy quite a bit of pipe for the trunk lines. I recommend you buy Clear Flexible Dust Collection Hose so you can see any blockages that might occur. You’ll also need to buy hose clamps, reducers, Y-fittings, and blast gates.
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