Experienced woodworkers know why dust extraction is so critical when they’re working on a project, but new woodworkers might not be aware of the many issues wood dust can cause. Many woodworkers, especially those who are new or are hobbyists, might want to avoid the cost of a quality dust extractor (like the Festool CT SYS) by convincing themselves that it’s not worth the price because wood dust is just your usual byproduct of woodworking, and a mask will keep you from experiencing any issues. It’s important to note, however, that wood dust actually causes several critical issues, and a mask won’t be enough to cover all of them.
The physical health of the woodworker is the most important aspect of a quality dust extractor. Wood dust is compromised of incredibly fine particles that get into the eyes and lungs of the woodworker and anyone else who happens to be in their shop or workspace. This is highly unsafe, and it requires masks and eye protection, as well as excellent dust extraction to keep the air and the workshop clear of dust.
When wood dust is allowed to build up in a workspace, it gets into every nook and cranny and can be difficult to remove. This can cause it to build up in your power tools and eventually damage them beyond repair, requiring you to replace them more often than should be necessary. Proper storage can help with this issue, but it can only do so much. Any tool you’re using or that you use regularly is constantly being exposed to wood dust and will need to be replaced more frequently because of this.
Wood dust harms the visibility within your workspace and can make it difficult for you to work precisely and cleanly. Shop lights won’t help with this since wood dust will simply block out extra light and make it difficult to see. Once the dust has settled, the problem is still there. It will be covering your project and equipment, forcing you to clear it off before you can move on to the next step or risk making a mistake.
Nobody wants to spend half of the time in their shop cleaning up after they’ve been working. A quality dust extractor will keep the dust off of your tools, tables, organizers, and floor. This will save you a lot of time in the long run and give you more time that you can spend working on your projects or doing other things that are way more fun than cleaning your workspace.
Hardwood Flooring from Jason Brown Wood Floors
At Jason Brown Wood Floors, our commitment to quality installation is clear in all that we do, which is why our customers consistently rate us as one of the top contractors in the region. We have been awarded Baltimore Magazine’s Best of Baltimore Award 4 times and have been proudly serving the Baltimore Area for over 16 years. If you’re ready to speak with someone about your hardwood flooring project, we want to hear from you! Contact us at 410-668-9131 or send us a message here.
Jason Brown Wood Floors is also your convenient dealer of high-quality, professional-grade power tools. We offer brands that tradespeople trust most for the job. Come check out our Abingdon showroom to browse the in-stock selection of products and tools by Festool, Freud, Diablo, Shaper, Mirka, Makita, Saw Stop, and Grex.