Dust Extraction And Sanders

By Robert Robillard on Dealing With Dust

dust extraction

Reduce Wood-shop Sanding Dust

Dust created during the sanding process may contain toxic materials such as isocyanates, lead, chromium, and silica that are harmful to the lungs and nervous system.

Workshop Dust Extraction And Sanders

Using a HEPA vacuum connected to your sanding tools can significantly reduce the harmful dust.

Many woodworking shops have dust collectors that are connected to all major woodworking tools in the shop to collect sawdust but its the real fine dust, the airborne dust from sanders that cause the most lung damage.
Many PROs and DIYers have limited space and tools in their shops and often neglect the importance to capture the airborne dust. 
The simple solution is to hook up your sander to a dust collection system or a dust extraction vacuum.  I prefer using the DEWALT D27905 10 Gallon Dust Extracting Vacuum in my shop.
I like the DEWALT D27905 Dust Extractor Vacuum for several reasons.In my opinion it’s a perfect vacuum for woodworking, concrete and drywall power tools.   The best component to this tool is the power tool actuation which turn on the vacuum when you turn on your sander and keep the vacuum on 15 seconds after the sander is turned off.
This allows the vacuum to clear the hose of dust.  Able to filter 3 microns @  99.97% efficiency when equipped with a HEPA filter which means you can sand all day with out a dust mask.
When choosing a vacuum make sure you pay attention to the length of the power cord, hose and the casters.   You want to be able to move around your shop as needed for sanding operations.
Another pointer is to make sure the vacuum is able to be easily moved if needed. My DEWALT vacuum weighs only 29 pounds and has reinforced casters that easily allow the tool to be moved around my shop.
Sand dust free!
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Robert Robillard

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Rob Robillard is “The Concord Carpenter” Rob is a builder, general contractor, carpenter, woodworker, and editor of Concord Carpenter and ToolBoxBuzz As a General Contractor and carpenter, Rob owns and operates Concord Carpenter LLC. A full-service remodeling and construction company. Rob is a recognized leader in home building best practices and a source for how-to information for building professionals. On this website, Rob covers all aspects of home construction, building science, home improvement, woodworking, remodeling, and some of the best product and tool reviews. Rob is in charge of our Tool and Product Review series - Concord Carpenter Videos where we post all of our tool reviews and video tutorials. Rob approaches remodeling and building construction with a pragmatic and problem-solving approach. He enjoys using his knowledge and experience to help and educate building professionals as well as DIYers on best practices in the construction and remodeling industry. He's a strong advocate for "raising the bar" in the construction trades and promoting the trades to youth. #BeAMentor #Green2Great Craftsmanship, quality, and pride guide his journey on this channel The Concord Carpenter's motto: "Well done is better than well said!" : Read more about Rob

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