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post #81 of 88 (permalink) Old 02-07-2013, 10:00 PM Thread Starter
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The power tool woodworking hobby/professsion, is a not an inexpensive proposition. A proper dust collection system is costly. If you take your health and safety seriously then make the investment or switch to the exclusive use of hand tools.
this is a hobby for me, and i won't spend a few hundred dollars for a big DC system and run tubing all over.

that, and the fact that all the machines are so noisy and dangerous, and you have to wear eye, lung, and ear protection to work finally wore me down to the point that i did not want to go out there, so i said "enough is enough" and decided to get rid of the machines and use hand tools instead.

so J, i have taken your advice ... not exactly for the reasons you stated, but i have nontheless switched to almost exclusive use of hand tools.

i still use the drill (and drill press), and the table saw (outside with a mask) if i need to rip something, but that is it. i even sold all but one of my routers, and the miter saw.

and i made myself a traditional woodworking bench with a leg vise and planing stop and everything, all by hand. it's a little small and not heavy enough, so a bigger one is in my future.

this hobby is much more satisfying now, and my dust collection solution is a broom and dustpan.
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Hi Chris,

My blower came with a collection bag for the suction function, why don`t you just use this bag as a dust collector?
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My blower came with a collection bag for the suction function, why don`t you just use this bag as a dust collector?
mine came with a bag too. the dust is so fine that the bag does not catch it. also, you would still need to figure out a way to attach it and set it up so the bad was not kinked or anything.

not for me
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Very good question - Ive done the very thing your asking and found out its not a good idea - BUT (big But) I found it to make more of a mess than I wanted - what I did is use a few items from garage sales and things around the shop I have collected over the years and made a dust collection system, with the ability to hook vac hoses to the system to clean the small messes the system couldn't suck up - I made the system for under $80(us) and the biggest cost was the filters i used to keep the very small particles - I've done allot of Google searches and got mostly the same, It cant be done - or that it would make a bigger mess than a ready made system - I dont like to be told something wont work - with a little reading and studding of the type of systems made I came up with a way that works as good or better than a system costing a lot more - my advice is , to think way out of the box keep trying till you get it right.. I have no problem with the systems you can buy ready made they work very well - but when I'm told it wont work or its a waste of time, I've got to be proved wrong or find it wont work as well or better.

If any would like to discuss the items i used, or how i did it. pm me ill be happy to talk about the method i used.
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Very good question - Ive done the very thing your asking and found out its not a good idea - BUT (big But) I found it to make more of a mess than I wanted - what I did is use a few items from garage sales and things around the shop I have collected over the years and made a dust collection system, with the ability to hook vac hoses to the system to clean the small messes the system couldn't suck up - I made the system for under $80(us) and the biggest cost was the filters i used to keep the very small particles - I've done allot of Google searches and got mostly the same, It cant be done - or that it would make a bigger mess than a ready made system - I dont like to be told something wont work - with a little reading and studding of the type of systems made I came up with a way that works as good or better than a system costing a lot more - my advice is , to think way out of the box keep trying till you get it right.. I have no problem with the systems you can buy ready made they work very well - but when I'm told it wont work or its a waste of time, I've got to be proved wrong or find it wont work as well or better.


If any would like to discuss the items i used, or how i did it. pm me ill be happy to talk about the method i used.
the statement above in red is wrong - I've done it and it WORKS VERY WELL !!!!!
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Default let's put dust fire danger to rest?

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I hope that this attempt to sneak a link into my message here works.
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If not, go to thewoodnerd dot com and look for an article on "Boom goes the dust collector" "On PVC, static electricity, and the myth of home shop dust explosions"
I know that the arcing of a brush motor is not the same thing as what's discussed in the above article, but i do think that many of the points are the same. The conditions are just not conducive to ignition. Especially with router 'dust'.

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Guys, I am not trying to make light of your concerns, but to me, they seem a tad unrealistic.

I have used a leaf blower/vac to suck up my leaves for as long as I can remember. And this is in a yard with 10+ big trees around it, resulting in huge piles of leaves and 50+ bags of copmpressed leaves per year. It usually takes a total of 10 hours or more to suck up all those leaves and empty them into the bags. I have never had a fire. And the bag has never even come close to breaking due to something coming out of the exhaust side at high velocity.

Joe, have you ever used a leaf blower/vacuum? If so, then you must know that there is an awful lot of fine dust in a leaf pile. I doubt that dry leaves and leaf dust is LESS combustible than sawdust; if anything, I would think it is probably MORE combustible.

Duane, do you realize that a good amount of things other than leaves get sucked up and spit into the bag (eg - sticks and even small stones)?

To me it seems like a leaf blower/vac is perfect for sawdust, especially when combined with a separator and then exhausting ot the window. Am I really that nuts?
I've been playing with this concept, myself, over the last few days. I have a spare leaf blower. Would you share your results?
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I would not recommend that idea, too easy to blow off chips, memory, etc. Not to mention that objects like sand/grit are permitted to blow thru a leaf blower. But for PC restrictions alone.
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