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View Poll Results: What is the main method of dust control in your shop?
Shop Vacuum connected to the tool(s) 79 30.38%
Shop Vacuum after the job is done 24 9.23%
Cyclone Dust Collector 44 16.92%
Single Stage Dust Collector 75 28.85%
Broom and Dust Pan 18 6.92%
None 4 1.54%
Other (specify) 16 6.15%
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I have dust collector with a25' long 5"duct along shop wall. Duct was installed with fall towarrds dust collector. 5" duct reduces to 4" at connection risers wich are gated. Flex 4" pipe connects TS mounted on plywood box with particle collection in box. router tables connected with "elephant trunks made of fittings and flex pipe reducing from 4 to 2 1/2
Elephant trunk idea used to connect belt sander, and Trend routers to dust collector
Planer mounted on plywood box with drop down door Shop vacum connected to box 12" disc sander has discarded bagless carpet vacum as its dust collection.

I find if I have enough vacum to move the fine dust I can clean up large particles with shop vac.

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What is a HEPA FILTER ?

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If I use my hand tools I use a dust pan and broom. If I use my router, clean up is with a shop vac. When using the router, I am wearing a dust mask to reduce what I am inhaling.
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I have a 2Hp dust collector out side that I removed the motor and impeller and mounted on a cyclone, I am looking for a couple of truck air filters to attach to the outlet.
I would like more help in making this more efficient.

Inside have 7 outlets, the saw-table, B/saw and lathe permanently connected to it.
I have an air 1400cfm Room Air Filter hanging from the ceiling.

And have just bought an Oneida Dust Deputy System for all the portable power tools.

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I've got a 5hp 12 gal Shop Vac with a Clean Stream hepa filter and a new Dust Right Vortex separator which works pretty good. Only a couple of my tools have built in ports. For most I just clamp a tube or clean up after.
I make most of my dust in a two car garage with the big door open and both back doors open. I put a large high cfm fan in one door to exhaust the air.
I also use either a paper dust mask with vent or a Trend Air Pro air helmet depending on how long I am going to be making dust.
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Hepa filter is the finest available in controlling dust meaning it traps .5 or finer dust particles which is smaller than diameter of a human hair.... I have this on my shop vac which just replaces the filter the shop vac comes with, I also have a Dust Deputy (Oneida) on shop vac this captures almost all dust before it even goes to shop vac,the small hose that shop vac sells will fit into the back of Dewalt sanders when using this hookup I do not see hardly any dust when sanding ,,,, I am trying to keep my lungs clean A lesson learned the hard way last year while building some swings sanded some Cypress for 2 days almost I coughed for over a week and had headaches so this year I did not work on anything till I got my dust collection issues straight......

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Depending on the tool making the dust - I do different things. Some tools have dust collection as part of the tool, others can have large shop vac attached to dust ports, I even let it fly or fall in some cases, I use a mask as needed, and after all that I still end-up picking my nose. Another thing is compressed air. A few years ago, I decided I needed to be able to "blow off the walls" with compressed air; problem was that tools, templates, jigs, fixtures, etc. were falling to the floor. Determined to be able to continue making a clean sweep on my walls, I installed 1/4-20 hanger bolts on my walls and now everything hanging on the walls has holes to fit over the hanger bolts - then it gets secured with 1/4-20 brass knurled nuts. Many if not most tools have a hole in them when they're new that will fit over these hanger bolts. Where I used to have nails, I am no longer having small items to fall and fly all over my rooms. For my needs this helps!

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I use a Jet 1.5 hp collector with a pleated dust dogg filter on top. I placed the collector in a storage room in the other side of the wall to cut down on noise. I have it connected to 9 stations as well as a floor sweep. I have multiple gates. My system tees several times, and then splits after that. So I put a 6" gate above every split, and then added some 4" gates where needed, but its set up so that I can always have it sucking through either a single 6" pipe or three 4" at one time to maintain velocity. I also have a trash can drop built in by the planer to collect the big stuff. I use a small shop vac to hook to portable tools like sanders and such.
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Hepa filter is the finest available in controlling dust meaning it traps .5 or finer dust particles which is smaller than diameter of a human hair.... I have this on my shop vac which just replaces the filter the shop vac comes with, I also have a Dust Deputy (Oneida) on shop vac this captures almost all dust before it even goes to shop vac,the small hose that shop vac sells will fit into the back of Dewalt sanders when using this hookup I do not see hardly any dust when sanding ,,,, I am trying to keep my lungs clean A lesson learned the hard way last year while building some swings sanded some Cypress for 2 days almost I coughed for over a week and had headaches so this year I did not work on anything till I got my dust collection issues straight......
Just to clear up some possible confusion;

A human hair is between 40 and 120 Microns.

A standard dust collector filter is rated at around 5 microns.

A HEPA rated filter in the U.S. must be capable of removing 99.97% of particles .3 microns and larger. (1/3rd of a micron)

So there is a BIG difference between a standard filter and a HEPA filter. Recent studies have determined that these Ultra Fine particles cause much of the damage to our lungs.

This is why many manufacturers are beginning to offer HEPA rated filters for their equipment.

Another issue is the fact that after a standard filter filters out what it can, it lets the rest of the fine dust back into the shop where it's very tiny size allows it to float in the air for extended times.

This is what the Air Cleaner type of filter is used for. The job of the Air Cleaner is to filter the air in your shop for fine airborne dust. They typically have a finer standard filter than a Dust Collector though not all come with a HEPA rated filter. They also typically are left on for a significant time after making dust to scrub the air clean.

To clear the air in my garage shop I just open all the doors and place a commercial type high CFM fan in one of the back doors while making dust and for a time after sweeping and vacuuming.
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Fein turbo II and a Ridgid (home depot version) wet/dry vac......

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