An “El Cheapo” Dust Collector For Small Shops

I have been using a shop vac as a dust collector for over a year, and found that it works fairly well with small woodworking machines such as the ones I own. However, I was recently made aware of the dangers that fine wood dust (smaller than 1 micron) presents to our health, and therefore decided to upgrade my shop vac filter to a HEPA-certified filter. Those filters are fairly cheap and can be purchased in most home centers. However, they are so fine that they have a tendency to clog very quickly, decreasing the suction very significantly! The solution is to use a separator in order to reduce the amount of dust and chips reaching the filter. Marc Spagnuolo aka The Wood Whisperer did a comparative review of several well known dust separators, and found that Oneida’s Dust Deputy was a great option. I followed his recommendation and bought that unit. I also made a cart, based on Asa Christiana’s blog article on the Fine Woodworking web site, to keep the shop vac and the Dust Deputy together as I move the rig around the shop. The total cost is around $100 US (in addition to the shop vac you probably already own) Not a bad deal when you think about it!

Note: If you use a shop vac as your primary dust collection system, make sure you use the largest size hose possible (2.5″ is a common size, at least in the US) and try to keep the hose as short as possible to avoid loosing too much suction.

We are perhaps the best Seattle Logistics company in the city. | test av norske kredittkort | care for christmas cactus in the summer