Dust Collection for the One-Man Shop
How to get the most performance for 1-hp to 2-hp dust collectors
Even the best dust-collection system won’t eliminate the need for occasional sweeping, but a good system will keep your broom and your lungs from wearing out prematurely. Anatole Burkin of Fine Woodworking gathered a sampling of machines and used them with his tools, which include a 10-in. cabinet saw, a 15-in. planer, an 8-in. jointer, and a 16-in. bandsaw. This article compares how they did in real use, along with offering tips on supplies and air-volume requirements. You’ll find out how to determine your dust-collection requirements and how to make sense of manufacturer specs. Burkin also discusses designing a central dust-collection system. The most economical and biggest-selling dust collectors are the two-bag, single-stage models. Burkin explains these, two-stage models, and two-stage cyclones and how they compare to one another. He also discusses the dangers of single-stage collectors and how to reduce the risk of fire.
From Fine Woodworking #141