Purchasing a Dust Collector: 6 Factors to Keep in Mind

  • If you’re in the market for a dust collector, whether it’s a new purchase or an upgrade for your facility, it’s essential to make an informed decision. A dust collector is a crucial component for maintaining air quality and safety compliance in various industries.

To ensure you get the right dust collector for your specific needs, consider these six key factors:

1. Dust Control Requirements

Different processes generate various types of dust, from wood chips to welding fumes or grain dust. It’s vital to not only recognize the type of dust you generate but also how your processes create it. How much dust is generated by the process? Is this dust hazardous or does it require special handling? Are there regulatory standards for air quality that you need to meet?

In response to these challenges, two primary dust collection systems have proven effective: baghouse-style dust collectors and bin vents. These systems offer reliable solutions for grain dust control, each with its unique advantages.

2. Customization Options

Dust collectors are not one-size-fits-all solutions. The space constraints of your facility may require customizations in terms of height, footprint, or additional features like discharge devices, monitoring equipment, or fire and explosion mitigation tools.

Other common custom features include:

  1. Rotary airlocks, screw conveyers, or other special dust discharge equipment
  2. Special construction materials like stainless steel for food applications
  3. Customer controls including integrated motor starters, timer boards, differential pressure gauges, or outputs to connect to control systems
  4. Special sizing for very light dusts or restricted spaces

3. Complete System Design

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The type of dust and your operational needs will determine the most suitable dust collector. In the cases where dust is hard to collect due to being too fine or sticky, you should obtain a dust collector that is equipped to capture it effectively. Another instance could be if your industry demands complying to food-grade standards.

Additionally, different dust collector styles are more suited than others for certain applications. Generally, cartridge collectors work best for light dust loads and fine dusts at lower temps, but perform poorly with heavy dust loading, irregularly-shaped dusts, or sticky dusts. Baghouses on the other hand, are able to work in a wide range of applications. Many companies will only offer you a single style and try to convince you it can do more with less so it appears to be the cheapest bid, regardless of how well it will perform later.

Finally, if your dust is hazardous or explosive, it’s crucial to obtain a specialized system (collector, ductwork and safety devices) designed to comply with NFPA regulations.

4. Installation Simplification

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The ease of installation depends on the size of the dust collector and its location. Smaller collectors located close to the dust source may eliminate the need for extensive ductwork, simplifying installation. Understanding your processes, localizing dust collection, and minimizing collector size can streamline installation. It is critical to work with an expert in dust collection systems who can foresee potential installation issues and address them early on to ensure a smooth install.

5. Long-Term Value for Your Investment

Your investment in a dust collector goes beyond the initial purchase. Think about the operational costs for the entire lifecycle of the system. Factors like replacement filters, downtime due to maintenance, and energy consumption need to be analyzed closely. Evaluating collector style, location, and design can help you make a cost-effective choice. Watch video: Intro Guide to Sizing and Designing Your Baghouse

6. Post-Purchase Support

Baghouse.com is an original equipment manufacturer with extensive experience in design, installation, and parts supply. This makes us stand apart from others in the industry who simply resell catalog components. Our extensive experience enables us to provide tailored solutions, designed to meet every industry need. From design to installation and ongoing support, choosing us means opting for a partner invested in the success and longevity of your dust collection system.

In conclusion, investing in the right dust collector will significantly contribute to a safer and more efficient workplace. Making a well-informed decision ensures that your dust collector not only meets your current needs but also serves you for years to come. It’s an investment in both your facility’s air quality and the longevity of your operations.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know if this dust collector will work for my application?

When talking about dust collection, it’s rarely a “it works or it doesn’t” scenario; rather, it spans a spectrum from highly effective to very poor performance. While some smaller/cheaper systems may “work” for an application, that’s not the whole story.

A well-designed system, with the right collector size and style, operates efficiently, maintains low operating costs, and captures all target dust without compromising safety or emitting pollutants. However, poorly functioning systems may fail to capture all dust generated by a process, leading to compromised product quality, frequent filter blinding, high maintenance costs, safety hazards, and/or emissions that risk exceeding air permit limits.  At Baghouse.com, we help you choose the right system, ensuring not just functionality, but the best performance.

Different companies recommended different kinds of dust collectors, with an ample range of prices. What should I consider when choosing my supplier?

It’s not uncommon for companies to try to convince their clients that a one-size-fits-all approach is best when it comes to dust collectors, either because it’s the only style they manufacture or because they aim to provide the lowest bid. However, at Baghouse.com we offer multiple kinds of dust collectors and we prioritize recommending what works best for your application rather than trying to be the lowest bid without regard for how it works. We ensure that you not only get a dust collector but the right one that aligns perfectly with your operations.

Who can I contact if I have technical issues with my dust collector?

Whether you need parts, filters or a system inspection to improve the efficiency of your dust collectors, the experts at Baghouse.com can simplify the maintenance process by providing you with the knowledge and supplies needed that will save you lots of downtime, money, as well as headaches!

Contact Us to Speak to One of Our Baghouse Experts.

For more baghouse related training and information, be sure to check out our Baghouse Online Training page.

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