The wood shop is considered a creative space where fine products emanate from. Some even consider the wood shop their home away from home. No one deserves to work or live in a dirty environment. To make certain that space remains clean from all the debris and sawdust, many owners install centralised dust collection mechanisms. They work efficiently yes, but they can be out of reach for some. These centralized systems do cost a pretty penny. That is why most wood shop owners prefer to work with a wood shop vacuum.
In order to select the best wood vacuum, there are a few factors that you need to keep in mind. Understanding these factors will make selecting a wood shop vacuum a stroll on the beach. Yes, that easy. Let us look into these factors.
- Consider performance and capacity
When you look around the woodshop, you should be able to gauge the amount of dust that needs to be collected in a day. In the case that you produce a lot of sawdust, you need a unit that has high performance and capacity. Most units measure power in amperes or horsepower. The higher the rating the more power output. Remember that the noise levels matter. A high powered vacuum is likely to be noisy. Look at the decibels to gauge the sound produced. Most models produce 65Db which is manageable.
The sealed pressure (SP) determines the amount of liquid you will be able to pick up for wet applications. The cubic feet per minute measurement indicates the rate of airflow. The higher the CFM the more suction is provided. With a large tank, you will be able to save the time spent on frequent emptying. Whether for cleaning up liquids or debris, look at the tank size and power to determine how fast the work will get done.
- Look at the hose
The hose size and length will determine the effectiveness of the vacuum. If you are collecting super fine debris then you need a hose with a smaller diameter. This is because a small diameter hose produces more suction than a wide diameter hose. Large sized debris needs a larger hose. The length of the hose will also limit your reach. Select the length of the hose depending on the space that needs cleansing. The longer the better especially for large spaces.
- Filters and safety features
Wood dust does no good to one’s health. The filter prevents debris from being released back into the air and it also prevents the motor from accumulating dust. The filter you select should be able to contain all the dust and enable easy disposal. If you have fine ash or wet debris, seek one that can handle such. There are filters that are HEPA certified. These are used for those with allergic reactions or are sensitive to dust.
Safety features in any machine are important. Models that switch off the unit once the tank is full prevent the motor from overworking and overheating. There are models render the motor inactive if the hose is not properly connected. Al these features aid in maintaining the performance of the unit.
- Consider the price and compatibility
Depending on the size and the features offered, the price range will differ. The secret to selecting a unit with the right price is to consider the features offered. That way, you will estimate value for money. There are models that can be connected to power tools through different adapters which are very convenient. You will also find models that have a blower function installed for when you need to do yard work. These extra features will definitely affect the price. Consider the amount of money you want to spend and select the best unit within that price range.
We hope that this crash course has been helpful to you and that you find the best wood shop vacuum that suits your needs.