Put a Cyclone Outside?
I am building a new woodshop and want to keep the level of machine noise to a minimum. I plan to put my two-stage dust collector outside, but protected from the weather. To improve airflow, I want to run it without a filter, as the dust will not pose a problem in this backwoods environment. Is it OK to run a cyclone unit without a filter?
Matt Mattick, Menahga, MN
A cyclone will run fine without a filter, but there are some considerations you may have overlooked. Some woods contain toxins; walnut dust, for example, is highly toxic to horses. Wood dust is also a fire hazard, so you don’t want it accumulating around the electrical components of the collector or other possible sources of ignition.
Robert Witter, president of Oneida Air Systems, offers some additional advice: “The dust collector will draw a slight negative pressure on…