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Comparing Dust Collection Systems

Whether building a new shop, expanding a current shop, or upgrading a dust collection system, it is important to ensure the right dust separator is in the plan. In this guide, we’ll compare our line of cyclone dust separators. If you have any questions or need help designing your ductwork, feel free to contact us.

Do I need a dust separator?

Most commercial and industrial workspaces that produce dust are required to have dust collection or extraction systems to comply with industry, state, or local regulations.

Oftentimes, such systems are designed to remove large particles, not fine particulates that are proven to diminish air quality and cause breathing issues or loss of respiratory capacity.

Cyclone dust separators incorporate the removal of fine dust particles that many dust collectors and extractors fail to filter.

While dust separators are most commonly used for woodworking, fine particle separation is also beneficial with ash, metal shavings, concrete and plastic production.  Fine dust remains airborne longer as well as a greater risk combustion risk with certain types of fine dust.

Adding a dust separator collection system provides an additional defense to individuals, employees, and families against the health risk of fine dust particles that escape the human body’s natural protection mechanisms.

What Size Dust Separator Do I Need?

There are several factors that determine the size and layout of your dust separation/collection system.

Codes & Regulations
Requirements for dust collection and particle separation can vary by industry and municipality. Check with your local authorities for regulations and guidance.
How many tools are you planning to connect to your dust collection & separation system? Do they produce a significant amount of fine dust particles – like a CNC machine or wide belt sander? Will you be running them all at once, or individually?
Power Service
Do you have access to 3-phase electric service, or do you only have single-phase in your workspace?
Tool Requirements
Most tool manufacturers provide requirements for dust collection systems. This includes CFM (amount of airflow), as well as the size of the ductwork.
Commercial dust collection systems have a higher price entry point. Industrial facilities and large woodworking shops receive six-figure quotes for industrial dust collection systems, while our EF5 cyclone systems provided the same performance at a fraction of the cost.
Size of the Shop
A larger shop footprint allows proper spacing between tools and longer runs of ductwork. This may mean a larger dust collection system or multiple systems at different points in the shop. Low ceilings (under 96”) require a system design with height considerations.
Future Growth
Will the current operational arrangement meet the growth demands of the shop? This includes the layout, addition of new tools and overall space considerations. Planning for future growth will benefit the long term cost investment and reduce future rework.

Best Dust Separator for Small Shops

For the hobbyist woodworker with a small shop or the requirement of a mobile dust collection system, it is hard to beat the value and convenience of our CV06 Mini System.

Our mini cyclone dust separator requires lower air volume than our larger systems, so it can work with smaller dust collection systems – even shop vacuums. This small but mighty system packs a punch – separation of airborne dust is 6 times better than competitive models, and it removes 99.9% of large dust particles (5 microns), and 80% of fine dust particles (0.5 microns).

Add the Mini Wheel Cart to provide portability and dust separation anywhere in the shop. Our customers have even built their own carts to house the CV06 Mini with their shop vacuum in one using the Mini Wheel Cart for transport around the shop.

Best Dust Separator for Large Wood Shops

Larger wood shops benefit from adding a cyclone dust separator to their dust collection system to eliminate the need for an overhead air filtration system, dramatically minimizing the debris in your dust collection system and providing better air quality in your shop.

  • For single operators or shops that don’t require more airflow, you will find the CV1700 cyclone dust separator a perfect solution.
  • Shops that run tools like a planer, drum sander, or CNC machine will appreciate the additional airflow offered by the  CV1950

For the necessity and convenience of running multiple tools at once, work with our team to design an efficient dust collection system that works within your budget and needs.

Best Dust Separator for Commercial Shops

The Pentz EF5 Three Phase cyclone is the only all-metal cyclone dust collection system on the market designed and authorized by Bill Pentz. Beneficial for large scale environments that demand significant dust separation air volume while most NFP 866 commercial fire codes.

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