In a workplace, the dust has become an unavoidable part that is why it also is becoming neglected that we tend to forget that clouds of dust also pose danger to our health, aside from the fact that it impedes on someone’s work included the overall discomfort that it gives. With this, you should now start to put into the thought of putting an industrial dust collector in your workplace in order to maintain a safe workplace, while simultaneously giving a positive contribution to the preservation of the environment.
When there is dust, it can either block or obscure the workplace, but, more importantly, it can cause difficulty in breathing and might even lead to possible respiratory-related diseases such as pneumonia, asthma, asphyxiation, lung infection and some other similar respiratory diseases that are caused by inhalation of irritants.
Thus, if you are serious in wanting to maintain a safe and healthy environment in your workshop, then it is best that you give a serious thought of putting an industrial dust collector in your company.
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Planning to install an industrial dust collector in your company? Here are things to know about!
Functions of an Industrial Dust Collector
The usual function of an industrial dust collector is that it is being attached to mostly different woodworking machines, and tools with the sole purpose of collecting the dust from the machine, just as what the name purports it to.
The industrial dust collector will collect the dust from machines by inhaling or, on the other hand, removing airborne sawdust and fine debris into its chamber which will then be screened through a filter. With this, the industrial dust collector will prevent the dust from accumulating in the work area.
The dust collector functions in the same way as that of a vacuum type that is being powered by an electric motor that drives an intake fan and then moves the air at a high rate thereby functioning in the same way as that of a household vacuum cleaner. The only difference is that the industrial dust collector works on a much larger scale.
So, if you will need to operate any grinding or bladed power tool for your woodworking, it is always a good idea to have the machine attached to an industrial dust collector if the machine can support it. It is always good if you will be able to maintain a dust-free working area even though it is already well-ventilated.
The Industrial Dust Collector and Other General Dust Collectors
In determining what the best dust collector there is, the capacity of the dust collector is the key. There are three general types of dust collectors that are available to be bought in the market. Each type of dust collector focuses on a certain range of collection capacity. The three main types of dust collectors are the portable dust collector, the medium-sized dust collector, and the industrial dust collector.
The efficiency of the dust collectors is also classified as to whether or not they have a separator stage. If the dust collector only has a single-stage, this means that it makes do with one dust collection bag. On the other hand, if the dust collector has a dual-stage, this adds an intermediate separator chamber for the dust that is being subjected to the filter stage.
The Portable Dust Collectors
The portable dust collector is the smallest species in the dust collector genus that is available in the market. Portable dust collectors are generally the easiest ones to own. In comparing the portable dust collector to the other two types, the portable dust collector is inexpensive and has a lot of varieties available out there.
As the name suggests, the portable dust collector is designed to be light, portable, and also easy to use and very easy to store. And because the size is small, the portable dust collector tends to run quietly as well. This is because portable dust collectors have the smallest motors and the smallest dust bags. However, this also means that portable dust collectors have a lower dust removal rate and a lower capacity as a whole. Another drawback with portable dust collectors is that you will need to keep regular attention from the user in order to clean the dust back every now and then.
What to look for in portable dust collector:
- It must have rollers in order to facilitate easy transport and portability.
- It must have a compact body design so that it can be easily stored.
- It must have a good filter to make sure that the clouds of dust will not escape from either the dust bag or the dust bin.
- It must have a longer hose so that it will be much easier to maneuver and so that will be able to move freely.
- It must have a lighter bodyweight so that it can be easily transported and it will also contribute a lot to its portability.
- It is better if it has a Bluetooth start-up to be able to have a hands free control.
The medium size dust collector
The medium size dust collector has become a fairly common piece of equipment that is being placed in a number of workshops such as the furniture-making business.
You can consider the medium size collector as one that is a bigger and improved version of the portable dust collector with a bigger motor that can suck dust at a much higher rate thereby it having a bigger dust back or dust bin that can be able to hold more as compared to the portable dust collector.
The medium size dust collector can also accommodate larger machines and they really go a fairly good job when it comes to collecting dust for an extended period. This is mostly because medium size dust collectors also have larger filters as well. One thing that might put off a business owner though, is that buying a medium-sized dust collector will require a significant investment from the company.
What to look for in a medium-size dust collector:
- It must have either a bigger dust bag or dust bin to be able to have a longer interval between the time of having to empty them.
- It must have a higher motor capacity which typically starts at 1 horsepower or more. This can ensure better performance on the medium-sized dust collector.
- It must have a noise-canceling feature to be able to provide comfort for the nearby users and also to minimize the noise in the workplace.
- It must have lighter bodyweight to enable easier transport, including portability and storage as well.
- It must have a robust and stronger hose so to yield a longer dust collector life.
- It must have a good filter to be able to keep the dust in place and also to avoid the dust coming back up which can make it escape to the surrounding area.
- It is better if the medium size dust collector is provided with a remote control feature so to add convenience to the user.
The industrial dust collector
Obviously, from the name itself, the industrial dust collector is the best pick when it comes to workshops or working areas that are already in need of an industrial-scale power when it comes to the capacity of collecting dust.
These industrial dust collectors are heavy, bulky and are generally installed in a fixed place because of their sheer size and weight. The industrial dust collector can also become very noisy when they are running that is why it is essential that it is to be placed in an isolated area because they are generally louder than a shop vacuum.
Even with these drawbacks, industrial dust collectors are still excellent at what they do, and that is by keeping the air of the workshop clear of dust. With their bigger motors, intake fans, separators, and dustbins, these produce an unparalleled capacity when it comes to the collection of dust and debris.
What to look for in an industrial dust collector:
- It must have a noise-canceling feature so that it can be able to provide convenience to the users.
- It must have a larger and thicker hose in order for it to have a maintenance-free performance without leaks.
- It must have a high overall airflow rate. The standard airflow rate for an industrial dust collector is measured in terms of CFM or cubic feet per meter. This will entail a faster dust collection for a larger volume of dust.
- It must have a thick filter so that to will result in a better saw dust containment and longer running times between the changes.
- It must have an industrial-grade motor which usually starts at 2 horsepowers and above. This will give the industrial dust collector a consistent performance even with having continuous workloads.
Comparing a Single State Dust Collector from a Double State Dust Collector
As mentioned, there are two variants of dust collectors that are available for sale in the market. The first one is the single-stage dust collector, while the other one is the double stage dust collector. These two variants can determine what is going to be the overall efficiency and capacity of a dust collector.
The Single State Dust Collector
This type of dust collector is the most common type especially when it comes to the portable size and the medium size dust collectors. This is because models that are only having a single stage are generally lighter which makes the equipment more suitable for home use and other spaces that will just require smaller, simpler dust collection features for some power tools and appliances.
Another advantage of a single-stage dust collector is that it can easily be fitted into the power tools directly. However, they only usually come with smaller dust bags and filters. Thus, the user is usually forced to empty the dust bag or bin much more frequently because it easily fills up.
The double stage dust collector
Of course, double stage dust collectors outperform the single-stage dust collector when it comes to the capacity of keeping larger debris and volume of dust at bay. With this type of dust collector, the motor and the intake fan goes over an additional separator chamber before it will lead to the filter and the dust bag.
With this type of arrangement, this will mean that bigger debris can be collected in the chamber before the debris passes through the filter. This two-stage design will also help in keeping the filter clean for a longer period of time because it also prevents chips and larger pieces from getting lodged in it.
General Features That Should be found in Dust Collectors
- It must have canister filters that can also be sourced easily from third-party sellers and can also be easily changed. For dust collectors which have standard filters, this will let you choose from a wider selection of filters in order to suit your budget.
- It must have casters and durable wheels because this will greatly in carting your dust collector from one location to another.
- It must have solid metal blades with a durable finish to make sure that your dust collector will last for many years.
- It must have steel impellers for it to have a durable, maintenance-free intake.
- It must have a long, flexible hose to make sure that you can conduct a dust collection whenever you will need it without having the necessity to move your dust collector frequently.
- It must have HEPA filters so that it can also trap small particles even smoke.
- It must have an automatic tool start feature when turning on the dust collector. With this, the dust collector will then turn on as soon as you start using a power tool which will then help you save some extra step of having to personally turn on your dust collector before working.
Considerations in Purchasing Dust Collectors
- It must have a strong build quality
- It must have sufficient air suction capacity and power
- It must have good filtration capacity
- It must have a considerable bag volume capacity
- It must consider shop size and portability