There is little doubt that a properly functioning dust collector can make cleaning up at the end of a woodworking session a breeze. Just a little sweeping and vacuuming can turn a difficult chore into a quick and easy exercise.
But, it’s not just for convenience that woodworkers have dust collection systems. They can improve the functioning of tools, reduce the amount of contamination you can see in a finish and – most importantly – keep sawdust out of your lungs.
The only problem with dust collectors is that while they do have numerous benefits, they don’t actually cut, shape or joint wood, meaning that some woodworkers see them as an expensive luxury. After all, aren’t we supposed to be working with wood, not running an expensive shop vacuum?
So, this week, I want to know if you have a dust collector and how powerful it is.