The Importance of Woodworking Dust Collectors

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Although probably the most popular use for hand power tools at home is for woodworking purposes, there are many amateurs who do not appreciate the dangers of inhaling woodworking dust. Effective dust collection and air filtration are two very important elements when setting up a workshop.
There is a lot more to dust collection than meets the eye. Collecting the coarse particles, generated by your power tool, is only a small part of the solution. The fine dust that floats in the air is a lot more dangerous. Not unlike tobacco smoke, it can cause asthma, emphysema, other severe allergies and possibly even cancer.
Dangers
Frequent exposure to wood dust can cause chronic bronchitis and emphysema whilst extended periods of exposure can result in more dire consequences such as cancer. Different types of wood contain different types of hazardous chemicals, which can become airborne and lodge in the lungs, causing these illnesses.
Consequences
There is more than enough reason for us to be concerned. Many health hazards such as irritation of the eyes, nose and throat, skin rashes, asthma, allergies and some serious lung diseases can be linked to wood dust. Wood dust has even been linked to a rare form of nasal cancer. Estimates indicate that more than 10 percent of woodworkers suffer from dust-induced asthma. During their lifetimes, one third of all woodworker experience some adverse health effects from contact with wood dust.
Solution
While commercial vacuum cleaners are quite popular among woodworkers, they are not a sensible solution for effective dust control. Firstly, their capacities are typically far inferior to large stationary machines. Secondly, their filters do not trap all of the micro particles that induce allergies and irritate the respiratory system.
The only effective means of dust collection is through a high air volume cyclone that offers adequate airflow in order to create an envelope of collected air surrounding the power tool so that any micro-fine dust is captured and carried along with the coarse dust, shavings and chips to where it is separated from the air before it even reaches the blower. The blower output is then fed to an air filter that traps more than 95% of all dust particles down to as low as 0.3 microns in diameter enabling you to re-circulate the collected air safely back through your shop.

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