Dust Collectors

Next Generation Dust Collectors

    The key to effective dust collection is something you can’t see.The tiniest dust particles are the most hazardous to your health, so the best collectors capture the largest number of the smallest particles.  According to Jet, the polyester spun-bond filters on their new single-stage dust collectors (1-1/2 hp,2 hp and 3 hp)...

One-Switch Chop Saw Station

        I decked out my chop saw station with a shop vacuum for dust collection and a shop light so I can see where I’m cutting. It worked great except for one thing: I had to flip two switches just to make one cut.The solution was simple. I bought...

Tool News – Delta 1-1/2 HP Dust Collector

Delta just announced the new 1 1⁄2 HP Dust Collector, the newest addition to their line of premium dust management products. The new dust collector (model 50-786) delivers power and filtration superior to previous dust collection offerings in a durable sheet metal frame design for added stability and maneuverability. With a...

Tool News – American Fabric Filter Cartridge Filters

American Fabric Filter offers replacement cartridge filter elements for baghouses and dust collectors. Their replacement cartridges fit most OEM units and are manufactured to the OEM specifications or higher from quality components to provide top performance. They can cross-reference virtually any product or modify a design to solve specific problems. Cartridge...

Anti-Slip Dust-Collection Table

Anti-Slip Dust-Collection Table Here’s a pair of sanding helpers that work great together. The rug pad provides a soft anti-slip surface. The Peg-Board, combined with the holes in the rug pad, allows dust to be sucked down through the table. My shop vacuum provides plenty of airflow.  I bought the wood...

Cartridge Dust Filters

Better filtration for single-stage collectors by Dave Munkittrick The cartridge filter is the first significant improvement in single-stage dust collection in more than 30 years. Cartridge filters offer better filtration, better airflow and easier cleaning than bag filters (Photo 1). They are available on new dust collectors or as a replacement for the...

$1 Blast Gate

        Adding a dust collection system to my shop was a great move, but it wasn’t cheap. I did manage to save money by making my own blast gates. The main component of the dust gates is a 3-in. PVC coupler. It cost me only $1 at my...

Window Shade Dust Control

      Woodworking in my basement workshop used to leave a layer of dust everywhere until I hung window shades from the ceiling. Now I box myself into a temporary “clean room” before I start making dust. The shades are easy to wipe clean and they’re up and out of...