Buying Guide to Dust Collector Systems


Dust collectors are specially designed systems and devices that filter the air surrounding you by collecting all the impurities or dust particles that are known to pollute the air. A dust collector and filtration system perform two simple jobs: it pulls the debris from your machines and also filters out tiny and unhealthy dust particles. Choosing the best dust collector system may take tons of your time and energy, but this guide will help you to decide on the best model. There are a number of elements that you should consider when you are shopping for a dust collector for your facility.

1. Common terminology

There are a few common terms with which you can familiarize yourself and it will help you to find the ideal dust collector system. One of the important terms to remember is Micron, which is a unit of measurement for unhealthy dust particles. Static pressure resistance which is measured in inches is another important term. It is produced by the suction of air moving through the duct in machines.

2. Suction power

Suction power is measured in CFM and your suction power is dependent on the tools that you use in your workshop. Make sure you calculate the static power loss that will occur between your dust collector and where your tools are set up, this is because every foot of pipe will add resistance to the suction. You should check the manufacturer’s website for performance curves as each manufacturer is different.

Though you are very clear with the common terminology and filter size mentioned here, you should also know the airflow rating which removes the dust from any given material. Keep in mind that the dust collector and filter system should use a lot of air to ensure that all of the dust gets removed properly. You can also find the airflow rating of dust collectors mentioned in cubic per minute of CFM.

3. Filter Size

Filter size is an important aspect of a dust collector and filtration system. You can notice that the filter fabric has gone through significant changes over the past two decades. It is said that the dust collection filters need to be able to block particles smaller than 10 microns for effective filtration to take place. Pleaded filters can successfully eliminate these small particles which are often the most harmful and which potentially causes severe lung damage. Make sure to choose the dust collector that can filter particles measuring 2.5 microns.

4. Capacity

The dust and debris should be collected in one place so that you can use it after removing them from the given material. Interestingly, some of the dust collectors have a collection bin at the bottom that keeps collecting the final cleaned product.

Final Verdict

Whether you run a small workshop or large scale industry, each of the above-mentioned aspects can help you to find the perfect dust collector system. Choosing one of the dust collectors from plenty of options can be a bit difficult, but knowing the major features and options can help you out.

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