Summary: These Cyclone and Dust Collection Research web pages share more than you probably ever wanted to know about fine dust hazards and how to get good fine dust collection and protection. By definition fine dust is invisible without magnification, but when magnified fine dust particles are covered with razor sharp edges and sharp often barbed points that irritate and damage our respiratory tissues. This is why the peer reviewed medical research clearly shows every exposure to fine dust of every type causes a measurable loss of respiratory capacity, some of this loss becomes permanent, and the greater and longer the exposure the higher the damage. Additionally, fine dusts, particularly wood dust contain and carry toxic chemicals that cause irritation, chronic sinus problems, worsening allergic reactions, lung diseases, nerve damage, poisoning, and can increase our risk of cancer. These pages share how to choose, upgrade and set up your dust collectors, cyclones, ducting, shop vacuums, air cleaners, tools and downdraft tables for better fine dust collection. They share how to inexpensively test your air quality, airflow, and filtering. They share plans to build my dust collection solutions that protect my family and me. You can use the included free plans to build a cyclone of my design for your personal use or purchase my cyclone design from Clear Vue Cyclones. These easy solutions let you get good fine dust protection and collection without having to master the complex air engineering science that air engineering firms who guarantee customer air quality use to provide good fine dust collection.
Applicability: Although woodworking dust inspired this site creation, many respiratory doctors now recommend small shop owners and their family members, fiberglass workers, stone finishers, sand blasters, concrete cutters, coffee roasters, granary storage workers, and others with fine dust exposure read and follow the recommendations shared on these pages. Two major commercial dust collection vendor air engineering groups recommend their staff and customers read these pages.
Bottom Line: I strongly recommend good fine dust collection and these pages share how, but please do not get overwhelmed and forget your goal is to protect yourself and those close to you from fine dust. All need and can easily get affordable good fine dust protection. We must put on a good properly fit dual cartridge NIOSH approved respirator mask before we start woodworking. Our particle counters show we cannot take this mask off unless we first clean out our shop because woodworking builds up so much fine dust that just walking around will stir enough previously made dust airborne to have very unhealthy air. Our particle counters show it is easy to prevent this fine dust build up. Before we start making fine dust in addition to putting on our respirator mask we also should turn on a good strong commercial fan blowing out a back door or window with the main shop door cracked a little. Our particle counters show we need to leave the mask and fan on with good airflow through our shops for about a half hour after we stop making dust. This minimizes fine dust build up. So protection is easy, just wear a good respirator mask and use a strong fan to avoid dust build up.