Do I need to use a Sandblasting Dust Collector?
Probably one of the main cons of using the sandblasting technique is the dust created by the very nature of the process. Sandblasting creates dust and generates a lot of dirt you must properly handle to not convert your working area in a garbage zone.
Keep in mind that blast cleaning is by its very nature a dusty process. But the main objective of a dusto collector is not keeping the area clean but to maintain visibility while blasting by exchanging the air in the cabinet. To maintain this level of visibility, a dust collector should provide at least 6 to 8 air changes per minute.
My recommendation of the sandblasting dust collector to be used depends on the work to be done. Ill explain in detail. It is not the same using sandblasting to get rid of old paint in a car than small pieces of ceramic to be polished.
Basic considerations in choosing the right dust collector must include sandblasting use, generated noise, estimated cost, maintenance process and costs, filtration, and operating area (how large, how clean, how humid and what sort of ventilation is available.)
If you would like to buy a dust collector that actually works there are a few models available.
- TPTools makes a couple different models, but you’re going to need to bring your wallet. Their VAC-36 is the one that I recommend since it has a HEPA filter built into it, but it costs about $350.
- Cyclone makes one that does not have HEPA and is available from Northern Tools for $199.
- A similar Cyclone model is available from ENCO for $153.
I recommend you exploring some of the sections of our sandblasting website to research other info and resources about Sandblasting Dust Collector.