Dust collection systems are of vital importance for all woodworking shops. They keep the air quality good and prevent you from being exposed to harmful dust that can end up in your lungs and cause serious problems for your health. That's why it's a good idea to invest in a dust collection system for your garage or working space where you work with wood products. In order to choose a dust collection system that suits your needs as well as your wallet, there are a few things you need to know.

Chip collector

Chip collection systems are large, powerful dust collection systems that are designed to suck up chips, dirt and pieces of wood as well as dust. This type is mostly common in industrial or large scale production environments. If you wish to have a chip collection system installed, you need to prepare to spend quite a lot of money. The equipment itself costs quite a lot, and you'll also need appropriate safety hoods and gear to protect yourself from the blades inside of it. You'll also need a spiral welded pipe that is quite large, meaning your garage needs to have a lot of free wall space in order for a system of this type to be fitted in it.

Fine dust collector with outdoor dust collecting

Fine dust collectors are systems smaller than chip collectors, and also not as powerful. They only aim to improve air quality and remove the harmful fine dust from your working space. This type is a system which leads to an outside container, or simply out in the free air. It can be built with spiral tubing of a small diameter while still collecting the dust in your space. The downside of these systems is, however, that you might need a permit if you intend to release the dust just outside your working space, which can add extra time to the process of installing the system.

Fine dust collector with indoor dust collecting

This type of fine dust collectors work the same way as the type that releases the dust outside, with the difference that they instead release it in a container mounted inside your working space. This is an advantage if you can't get a permit to release the dust outside or if you don't want to make holes in your walls for the spiral ducting penrith to fit. The downside of this type, however, is that you need to be very careful when emptying the container, as you will be subjecting yourself to large amounts of fine dust. If the container is left full for too long, dust might also circle back out the system and spread the old dust in your working space.