A beginner’s introduction on using a dust extractor

A dust extractor is a device that collects suspended dust. They have filters that effectively separate large particles to microscopic particles. These devices are very important if you’re working in an industrial setting, where there is a lot of industrial waste. If you have never used one or needed one before, make sure you read this beginner’s guide on using one of these devices.

The importance of a dust extractor

This device is one of the most important pieces of machinery in your workshop. Let’s face it, a clean workplace is not only a safer environment, but it also creates less work in the long-run. Why? Well, at the end of a day’s work, you have less airborne particles to remove and shavings to clean out. Likewise, it’s also far better for your machinery to have these shavings removed.

Moreover, fine particles can gravely affect the quality of your work. This is because the particles can get sucked into electrical components, which can later become a fire hazard. If you are not cleaning your equipment often, wood and metal shavings can form a blockage in your machinery, which can lead to these fire hazards. Worst of all, these particles can have grave health ramifications for those consistently in the work environment. The particles can cause damage to the lung tissue and other health problems.

Dust extractor vs. a vacuum cleaner

Most industrial workspaces have a vacuum cleaner on site. They are moderately effective; however, they often struggle when the particles of waste get larger. All you need is one small splinter to get caught in the vacuum’s hose and it’s probably defective. You’ll hear the motor begin to wheeze and struggle and you’ll know definitively that it’s done for. This is one of the big reasons why a dust extractor is your best bet.

Vacuum cleaners work on the principle of low volume air travelling at a high velocity. On the other hand, a dust extractor works on the principle of high volume air travelling at a low velocity. In this sense, vacuums are perfect for handling very fine particles (which could be trapped in your carpet). However, this doesn’t really work when it comes to industrial workshops. A dust extractor can cope with high intensity and high quantity waste, which it can handle because of its power and the wide diameter of its hose (which means it rarely becomes blocked).


These devices can be quite expensive; however, you can’t really put a price on safety, especially when you’re dealing with heavy machinery. It is in your best interest to take care of your equipment and having a clean workspace (free of dirt particles and other forms of waste) is a big part of it.

Prices range quite considerably, with cheaper models coming in at around $300 to $400, with more premium models coming in at over $1500. At the end of the day, your budget dictates what you can afford, so don’t overspend just to get a flashy model.


Finally, it is important that you maintain your dust extractor. It’s a long-term investment and something you should care about. Make sure you clean the collection bags in an outdoor area or somewhere that is well ventilated. While wearing a face mask (for safety reasons), shake the bags vigorously to remove any fine particles still inside. If you are struggling to remove any dirt, consider blowing the bag with high pressure air.


Hence, if you believe that your workspace could benefit from a dust extractor, make sure you do your research before committing to a purchase.

Mike Smith
Mike Smith
Executive Editor at Best in Australia. Mike has spent over a decade covering news related to business leaders and entrepreneurs around Australia and across the world. You can contact Mike here.
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