Talk:Wood Shop Dust Collection

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Just a comment on the miter saw/chop saw: My experience has been that the little dust port behind the blade looks nice but doesn't actually catch the dust, which tends to fly off to the sides. I ended up building a "box" behind the saw to catch the dust. A google search turns up many examples. But this means that nothing can be behind it on the other side of the bench. Rbean (talk) 11:11, 20 May 2014 (CDT)

  • I agree. In the proposal we called it a 'shroud'. Dba (talk) 20:53, 23 May 2014 (CDT)
  • What is being done about metal shop dust collection? This looked like a very thorough list but only for the wood tools. I noted that the language said that a second system is needed for metal; does it make more sense to incorporate both and/or buy a dual system (it sounds like the latter isn't advisable)?

--Acatherinenoon (talk) 06:21, 23 May 2014 (CDT)

    • Typically the debris generated in metalworking operations does not stay suspended - it falls right to the floor. You don't want to combine a metal dust collection system and a wood dust collection system, anyway (because it'll totally explode!). More pressing is fume extraction for hot metals, and I think Tom has a plan for that. --Dbever (talk) 16:55, 23 May 2014 (CDT)
  • The tools in the cold metals area (lathe, mill, drill press, bandsaw) don't create much dust if things are working well (sharp cutting edges). Grinders are the dust producers in a metal shop and in our shop, these are in the hot metals area. Sometimes grinders, especially surface grinders, have dust collectors. With the particle counter, we'll be able to see if the grinding is creating an air quality problem and then deal with it. I agree with Derek - combining wood and metal collectors is not safe. Dba (talk) 20:44, 23 May 2014 (CDT)