Frequently Asked Questions
What is the best dust collector for a small shop?
The Laguna Tools Hepa Cyclone Dust Collector gets our award for the best dust collector for a small shop, since it really does collect lots of dust and leaves your work environment much cleaner with better air quality than before.
How much CFM do I need for a dust collector?
A study by billpentz.com showed that small shop stationary tools need about 1000 CFM of airflow to have good fine dust collection and only need around 350 CFM for good “chip collection”.
Is Harbor Freight dust collector any good?
Yes, the dust collector made by Harbor Freight does a great job at collecting and trapping dust inside so you can work without breathing harmful dust and other air particles.
How loud is Harbor Freight dust collector?
The Harbor Freight dust collector is about 80db which is much lower in frequency than a shop vac which makes it more tolerable.
Can a shop vac be used for dust collection?
Yes, a shop vac can be used as a secondary option to build your own dust collection system. Just know that this system can remove lots of dust but it is critical that you protect yourself from fine particulates by wearing a respirator mask when cutting wood.
What is a 2 stage dust collector?
A 2 stage dust collector consists of a first stage cyclone. It also consists of a blower and a second stage after filter.
What is the difference between a shop vac and a dust collector?
Unlike shop vacs, a majority of dust collectors contain two compartments where the dust is separated and filtered. Shop vacuums can be used to clean up small areas, but dust collectors will work to cover larger spaces more quickly and efficiently.