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I know I preach safety when I can and practice the safest habits I can every time I am in my little shop. I have made a resolution to get serious on something that has been overlooked in my shop and that being DUST,DUST and MORE DUST..... I vacuum with shop vac after and during every project to keep shop clean but without proper filters it was putting the finest dust back in the air to breathe and most face mask due not block any of this so , I have a Oneida Dust Deputy ordered due this week which will help my shop vac and also found a HEPA filter for same shop vac this will be used on small hand sanders and such .... Also have a 1 1/2 hp. Dust Collector on order which will be used on router table and saws etc. I will be posting more on this in the coming weeks... I hope this will help Me enjoy making sawdust and not breathing as much....Been doing some research on this for about 3 weeks now and am sure this is where my headaches and some of the sinus problems were originated....I hope that all who read this look into wood dust a little more seriously and if starting a new shop please incorporate some type of dust collection. There is alot of info on the net...Some of the best systems around include
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Type any of these and You to can be breathing cleaner air in Your shop...

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Good resolution and you are making good progress toward that end. One thing to concider some time, maybe you have one or mentioned it and I missed it, is a dust filter that curculated the air and removes dust down to the 1 micron range. I use a Jet 1000B and love it, it keeps the air clear, granted it is not the end of the line for dust but it does a great job. Some may say that a couple furnace filters and a box fan is all you need but that set up is not able to clean the air down to the 1 micron range and it is those small particals that do the most damage to our lungs and health. Check out these filters, in my shop it runs when I am in there and it is my first line of defence aginst dust.

BTW 3M has a mask that takes care of not only dust but also the fumes of finishing and is well worth the 30-40 bucks I paid for it on Amazon.

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Any steps taken towards dust collection really helps. You do not have to lay out big money to get great results. Using an old Honeywell HEPA filter will collect most sanding dust if it is within 3 feet of the project as well as cleaning the air. You can find these at garage sales or flea markets for a song. Using the drywall sanding bag filters over your regular filter keeps the fine dust in your shop vac and helps prevent your regular filter from clogging. Many people have a difficult time shelling out $300 for a shop air cleaner but HEPA filter elements are available for shop vacs for around $40 with similar results.

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The Hepa filter for Shop Vac was $32.99 plus tax, not bad for the protection. The dust collector will filter 98% @ 1 micron. I will prolly upgrade that filter in future as a 0.3-0.5 microns this should help. I am thinking of also buying the air filter to help clean the air, but thought starting at the source of my dust was a better place to start.. My future plans do include a good air filtering unit

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Mike is correct regarding the 300.00, I did get my Jet for new around 235.00, just kept looking. Later saw one on Craig's list tor half that. Anything one can do to keep that out of the air is a heads up guy.

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I too just purchased a 3M dust mask and I can say after wearing it for several hours at a time (mixing concrete) I can say that this works! No fogging (built-in check valve for exhaling) and very comfortable. One other thing--I am an Amazon shopper, but have noticed that their prices are not always the lowest. I purchased from the site where I did my research (envirosafetyproducts.com):
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Which model 3M Mask?

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BTW 3M has a mask that takes care of not only dust but also the fumes of finishing and is well worth the 30-40 bucks I paid for it on Amazon.
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What is the best way to mount this type of dust filtration system
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I have both the "BIG O" and the ROCKLER cyclone dust separator and they are EXCELLENT! If you are going to control the work area for airbone dust these are GREAT ACCESSORIES! I also have a couple of home made collectors that link up all my dedicated machines-even tho it seems to take a lot of time to set up in the beginning-you save much time on the back end and you save your lungs, throat, eyes et cetera! GREAT RSOLUTION!
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From my own personal experienc,e of working in my house attached garage, my addition of a dust separator to my shop vac not only cut down on the dust, but maybe 3-5% of the residue dust ever makes it to the actual vac itself. It is not uncommon to empty 4-6 inches of saw dust from the 5 gallon bucket with the separation on top. Cost to male was under $100.00
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