I received the Delta AP400 dust collector this morning I ordered from
Amazon. Couldn't wait to get home and play. Usually between the jointer,
planer and table saw I would usually look like a tree exploded in my shop
and all over me. SWMBO had me order it, really twisted my arm. She was tired
of the constant mess. It went together easy and for a test I hooked it to
the Dewalt 734 planer and ran a few boards through it. Nary a chip on the
floor. Heading to WoodCraft in St. Louis next week to get the multi machine
kit to get the rest of the tools hooked up. Can't wait.
A dust collection system is the most important thing in your workshop
if you have power tools. I bought a odel similar to your -- the 2 hp
Jet. It gets stuff down to 10 or 5 microns - I don't recall exactly. I
also bought the delta ceiling mount unit that gets down to 1 micron
(it does not have pipes to the tools).
At my age (50), my respiratory system just can't cope with what it
used to could.....
firstname.lastname@example.org (Never Enough Money) wrote in message
I have one of the Delta dust collectors, too, and have been eyeing the
I was curious if you found the ceiling-mounted units to be of much
benefit in keeping the dust down. How much good do they do?
On 21 Oct 2004 12:56:57 -0700, n email@example.com (Nate Perkins)
I have one of the JDS units. I use it especially when using a router or
sander where the DC doesn't connect to the tool. It helps clear the air
faster, but I still wear dust masks when sanding because there is still the
time the dust travels from the tool then through the air cleaner.
It's not as noticable as the other unit but it will freshen the air in
about 30 minutes. I got it because it's the tiny 1 micron particles
that are most hazardous to the lungs. After a day of table sawing and
routing, there will be a thin film of dust on everything but it won't
be nearly as bad as before I had the unit.
I work in a large three car garage. So I really should have two of
these units but you know the story.... there's never enough money.
n firstname.lastname@example.org (Nate Perkins) wrote in message
On 21 Oct 2004 06:30:28 -0700, email@example.com (Never Enough
Honestly how do you define "Most Important" or Important in what way?
Walls are important too.
My Dad and Grandfather both were serious woodworkers and neither
had Dust Collectors in their shop... Both smoked, drank and enjoyed
life..(wink wink) and both lived to their late 80's...
Like you I installed DC's and air filters in my shop when I was in my
early 50's.... (I am now 64) But I did NOT install them to save my
lungs etc... I installed them to have a cleaner and neater
shop...because I enjoy working in a clean shop and was about to
have lots of time (close to retirement) to spend relaxing in my shop
I always hear hot important DC and filters are for "our" health but
rarely do I hear anyone singing their prases because they keep the
shop cleaner and neater ...
Just my opinion...
I agree. I run a one man shop and got tired of wading through and
cleaning up shavings etc, like 6 bags a day.
The cyclone makes life a lot easier. On the other hand do not have as
many 'ebony boogers' (lovely description - think it came from Renata)
That is the only reason I bought mine.
I ingest enough crap at work that I figure the few hours dust a week from
wood dorking is not what will kill me!
The other day I spent a hour hacking my lungs out from crawling around in a
damp, moldy crawl space.
Problem is, it will be the combination that will likely get you. All
these hazards--added together over a few years with the wood dust from
power tools--eventually will play havoc with your(my, our)lungs. We
didn't evolve in dusty, moldy shop/crawl spaces (might be the same
place for some of us--:), so our lungs don't have the capacity to fend
off these insults on a sustained daily basis. It's just not wise to be
all macho about this.
By all means, let's work in clean shops, but keeping our lungs clean
is a priority--I hear you can get replacements, but they cost a mint
and come used.
I hear you Dan..
But in my case the number 1 priority was a cleaner shop....Any health
benifits I achive by using the dust collector is an added plus...
Any yes I do appreciate the health benifits.... but not nearly as much
as I appreciate the pure pleasure of having a neat and clean shop in
which to unwind...
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