Q: Can A Dustek be placed outside?
A: No, a Dustek must be located inside. The upper cloth filter bags cannot get wet.
Some customers have built weather proof ‘sheds’ next to their building which house Dusteks.
Q: Does Boshco-Dustek take trade ins?
A: Yes, we are always looking at any machine customers would like to trade in.
We offer delivery of the new machine and removal of the trade in.
Q: What if I have a Dustek and I want to upgrade to a larger unit?
A: We offer delivery of the new larger Dustek in a heavy wooden crate.
And customers can put their old dust collector (does not have to be Dustek) in the crate and we will take care of shipping this back to Boshco-Dustek.
Q: If I need a roll of Dustek plastic collection bags TOMORROW can it be shipped overnight?
A: The rolls of Dustek (50) plastic collection bags weigh 50lbs.
It is too expensive to ship overnight. What we do is ship the customer maybe (12) individual plastic collection bags overnight then ship the roll regular UPS.
Q: What if I want to buy a machine but it is too expensive. Do you offer financing?
Yes. Boshco-Dustek is aligned with several financial institutions who offer
Excellent rates. For example if you wanted to purchase a machine costing $30,000.00, your payments would be $599.00/month for 60 months.
Q: My Dustek dust collector is about 10 years old. It does not have the suction it used to. It is worn out?
A: No, in most cases the upper cloth filter bags need to be replaced.
They only last about 5 years in normal installations. We always keep them in stock.
Q: AMPS – What is the AMP draw on the motor?
A: Click AMPS and you’ll find a list of all our motors and their amp draw at 208/230 or 460/480 3 phase or 220 1 phase.
Q: Ducting Material – Can I use HVAC ducting or how about PVC, it’s cheaper and looks like it can do the job?
A: It does look like it can do the job, but it can’t. HVAC duct is of a much lesser gauge than the ducting used in dust collection. Generally it cannot withstand the pressure and will “collapse” (According to some of our customers who have tried it, it’s not a pretty picture!!). PVC will generate generous amounts of static electricity, and therefore create a fire hazard. Rule of thumb…if you see lots of dust clinging to the bottom of your PVC ducting it is there because of static…otherwise gravity would have intervened.
Q: Filter Bag Maintenance – How do you maintain the upper filter bags?
A: Preventive maintenance is always the best method. Of course you’ll need to do a bit more if your Dustek is running 24/7 than if it runs several hours a week. If you run 24/7 you should “beat” the bags before turning the collector on in the morning and after you shut it down at night. A canoe paddle or similar works very well. Fringe benefit: I’ve been told it helps relieve stress.
Q: Filter Bag Cleaning – Can we clean the bags and how?
A: Yes you can. There are several ways of doing this. The most obvious and easiest is to take off the bags, take them somewhere outside, turn them inside out and beat them. Some customers use compressed air and tell me it works. Commercial Dry Cleaning is also an option. Buy a second set of bags and send the others to be dry cleaned. Generally Cleaning companies that clean uniforms, gloves, etc. will clean the bags as well. Washing – Somewhat Controversial…our manual tells you not to wash the bags yet a number of customers have done it with good results. The key here is to turn the bags inside out, get most of the dust out by beating them, and finding a Laundromat far away from your company or neighborhood!!
Q: Filter Bag Life – What’s the productive life of a Dustek Filterbag?
A: It depends on the kind of dust collected and the usage. All filterbags love wood shavings such as come from a shaper, planer, jointer or moulder….they’ll last longer than bags used primarily for fine dust. As a rule of thumb…you should plan to replace bags more often when you have fine dust applications such as wide belt sanders running 80 grit or higher, sealer sanders, etc. than you would if you run moulders, shapers, planers, etc. I consider this the cost of doing business and it applies to our dust collectors or to million dollars bag houses…..the concept is the same.
Q: Can you “prime” Filter Bags?
A: Yes you can. If your dust collector runs on let’s say a planer, jointer, CNC machining center and widebelt sander you run your planer or jointer for the first few hours with new filterbags. This provides the bags with a nice non-dense coating and will keep the fine dust from penetrating the pores too much.