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Question by miss b: What type of shop filtration should I get?
I am looking to buy my boyfriend a filtration system for his wood shop. And I see their are air filtration systems or dust filtration systems. Am only looking to spend $ 300. Which one is more important?
Answer by Bryan Yager
According to the Rockler website, the answer depends on a few factors:
1. If you have a dust collection system in your shop, you may think you’re in complete control of your woodshop dust situation. In reality, you’re only half way there. Unfortunately, dust collection systems don’t often do a very good job with the most pernicious aspect of the dust control problem: fine dust particles. And many actually make matters worse by letting minute particles of dust pass through their filter.
2. To really get on top of the woodshop dust control problem, you need to take a two-pronged approach: You need a dust collection solution for the bulky chips, shavings and large particle saw dust, and you need a ventilation or air filtration solution to keep the fine dust in check. And unless you live in the most favorable of climates where fresh air can be continually brought in form outside, air filtration will be the most practical solution.
If you have only $ 300 to spend, it may come down to an either/or situation. Getting an inexpensive “Portable Dust Collector” will cost about $ 150 with replacement cartridges running around $ 27 each. A good shop vac or downdraft table may be helpful for controlling larger wood chips and sawdust particles, but most start at around $ 230.
So if your boyfriend doesn’t already have a shop vac or downdraft table then that is probably the best gift to give, but if he has a handle on the larger stuff already then it would make sense to get a good air filtration unit to control the finer stuff floating around in his shop. The “Delta 50-875 3-Speed Air Filtration System with Remote” looks like a good buy in your price range, running around $ 307 on the Amazon web site.
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