Aluminum and Steel is bad, but Wood and Steel can be worse

by Fubarius

At our shop all our wood cutting machines are connected to a central dust collector. A bit 60 foot silo next to the building where all the dust is sucked up, swirled around, and eventually dropped into a dumpster.

You hit some steel with a cutter and it makes a spark and that can get sucked up into the silo and cause all the fine dust particles to EXPLODE.

Generally not an issue in your small garage shop, but on a big industrial scale it's a constant worry. Heck, I had to get special permission to use steel hold down clamps for this aluminum job.
David Johnson
AKA Fubarius

Posted on Jun 14, 2017, 5:26 PM

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  1. Dust explosions are NOT FUN!!!. Z-man51, Jun 14, 2017
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        1. They did it wrong.... Snowtroll, Jun 16, 2017
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