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Old 11-28-2009, 03:49 PM
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Dust collector Media recycler advice

Guys,

I have one of those cheap plastic blast cabinets (freestanding style) that I use in the garage. I'm tired of all the dust going everywhere from the leaks. I don't have a dust collector/recycler on it and I'm thinking that that would be a great first step in getting the dust down to a manageable level. Its only for my home garage and I only blast a couple of hours a week, but I have had to take the booth outside to keep the dust from getting all over everything. Now that winter has come around that is less practical. I have read numerous old posts about this topic but wanted to just ask your advice directly. For the somewhat limited use I have, can I make this a reasonable system by getting a dust collector/ reclaimer? I don't want to break the bank doing this either but I don't mind spending several hundred for something that will keep me indoors this january.

Thanks for your advice,

Mike

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Ayuh,... Just a thought,...
Wouldn't hookin' up a ShopVac to it create enough negative pressure on the cabinet to lessen the dust leakage,..??
Maybe not...
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Kinda what I was thinkin. Like when you port a set of heads.
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My sandblaster also gets limited use. All I use is a cheap shop vac with a drywall filter, and I run it with an exit hose running out side. REMEMBER WEAR AN RESPIRATER whether you think you are getting leakage or not cause you are.
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great question

great question i have a problem with this as well. my garage is heated and cooled through my central air and some how or anouther the dust from my garage gets everywhere even though i keep the door closed. do you think a air filtration device in the garage would help? and can you make a dust collector?
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you have to create a negitive pressure on the room , at the bodyshop we used a old furnace fan ( squirell cage ) with a filter box with several (filtrete) filters in it to create the pressure drop , it was mounted outside the building ( put it a window) to draw from the building,( pulling clean air thru filters into our heating system ,( mount oull out on oppisite side of inlet for cross draft , our paintbooth had several of these fans to create a severe pressure drop with the filters in the doors and infront of the fans themselves to control the overspray dust , just running a box fan with a good 3m filtrete filter on it overnight will clear the air but the dust will settle out in the air overnight , we used to vacum the shop with a Hepa filter from sears in our shop vacs the night before we painted and run the filter fans and the dust problem all but disapeared . keep the outlet fans near the source of dust to keep it contained to one area , our blast cabinet had a port for a shop vac which worked great with the drywall filter .
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This guy shares a lot of info on dust collection and their is enough info there to build your own if you lke..

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