Dust Extractor or Vacuum Cleaner? What To Use In Your Workshop

Worker using a dust collectorFor decades professional workshops have considered an adequate dust collector to be a necessary machine in the workplace. It’s only the serious DIYers that seem to doubt whether getting one is worth the price, especially if they have a trusty old vacuum cleaner readily available at home. Here’s why you should get a dust extractor instead of relying on your home’s vacuum cleaner.

Vacuum Cleaners Aren’t Ideal for Heavy-Waste Machinery

Many workshops have access to a vacuum cleaner, whether it’s the car cleaner, a dedicated unit, or the household’s cleaning companion. In some cases, it can suffice when getting fine dust off the floor in the workshop. However, most of the time you will find a splinter stuck in the hose. You hear its engine start to whine and struggle, and you carry on to do whatever ritual that you hope will remove the offending piece.

Vacuum cleaners aren’t made for heavy wood-shaving clean-up. Compared to the heavy-duty extractor, you’ll see a huge difference in cleaning performance. It all comes down to its simple mechanic – extractors are made to extract, and vacuums are made to vacuum. A vacuum cleaner for lifting fine dust and other small particles off of the carpet through its tiny hose. It works on the principle of a low volume of air travelling at high velocity.

Dust Extractors Are Engineered to Handle With Large Quantities of Waste

A dust collector uses high volume air at a low velocity to gather vast amounts of wood shavings constantly being produced in the workshop. It features a hose with a large diameter to prevent blockage, making it a perfect partner for most drilling and cutting machinery.

A clean, dust-free workstation doesn’t only provide an ideal atmosphere for doing projects, but it also improves safety. You won’t have to deal with heavy clean-up and there would be less airborne dust to compromise your health especially during the finishing stage.