When it comes to the subject of dust collectors I'm seeing more and
more posts that allude to the fact that these things are somehow
supposed to be used to remove health risks.
That is not what a dust collector is for, and it will never work that
They should, more appropriately, be called 'chip collectors' cause
that was the original purpose, and for the most part remains that way.
And this chip collecton has nothing at all to do with health. It's
mainly to get the big chunks out of the way and help a bit with
Forget all the bullshit the commercial companies put out. Their job
is to sell machines and all the crap about health is just playing on
your current fad thinking.
All this obsessing about micron sizes and filtration is just that,
First you want to get a machine with a high CFM, and then you want to
cap it off with a filter that wont let any air thru, defeating the
purpose of having the thing in the first place.
And it seems that too many people expect these things to capture every
particle of dust thrown by any machine, and keep the shop in a clean,
pristine, operating room condition at all times.
The fact o' the matter is that woodworking is a dusty, dirty business.
I defy you to find a commercial shop with more than one or two workers
that's clean, no matter how many Oneida's or Wood Mag cyclones they
So if your main concern is health, get a respirator. If it's just to
keep some of the dust down, get one of those overhead air filters and
change the filters once a month. If it's collecting up all those
mountains of chips and sawdust that a planer, jointer and table saw
will throw up, get a 'dust collector' and start calling it a chip
But realize that it aint never gonna protect your health, and it aint
gonna do away with the need for you to own and use a broom once in a
My two-cents. I'll read, but not respond to, any differing opinions.
I'll bet most of them will be at least 99% anal.