This article is from the Woodworking FAQ Collection 2, by multiple authors.
From: email@example.com (Steve Aliff)
Date: 24 Jan 91 13:21:23 GMT
I've become concerned about the incredible amount of dust that I'm
creating in my shop and have decided to plunk down the bucks for
some sort of dust collector. I'm very interested in the experiences
of others who have purchased (or made) dust collection systems
lately. My goal price range is under $300. My principle offender (at
generating dust) appears to be my tablesaw; in addition, I have a
radial arm, a joiner, a surface planer, and lots of hand-held stuff;
the shop is about 12'x18'.
I'm presently trading off the advantages/disadvantages between a
fancy space-mask clean air system which creates a positive air flow
away from one's face by forcing filtered clean air through a tube
and up over your head. (I'm one of those bearded-hippy-freaks so
haven't had much luck with strap on masks.) This fancy mask would
protect me, but still leave a big mess. Or a "conventional" dust
collector with the two bags and 4" input line(s); or a
"fan-with-filter-medium-in-a-box" kind of system. I figure that in
the long run I'll probably have more than one kind going, but would
like the comments of others, especially on which to buy first, good
experiences/bad experinces, you know the drill.