Dust collector maintenance variables play a large role in how often you need to service your machine. Unfortunately, ongoing and preventative maintenance for blasting cabinet dust collectors is not a black and white issue. A fixed maintenance schedule won’t work for every machine and every application, but knowing how these ten variables affect dust collector maintenance can help you establish a maintenance schedule that works for your needs.
Pro Tip: A good rule of thumb is the hardest abrasive on any dust collector is one that costs the least like slag and garnet.
Unfortunately, no. With so many variables impacting machine performance, we can only make suggestions based on normal machine operation for the model purchased. This handy list of dust collector maintenance items is another good reference.
Cleaning and maintaining the dust collector is the responsibility of the user. General Guidelines can be offered based on specific applications and machine models to help establish a good maintenance schedule.
Pro Tip: When first using a blasting cabinet, make sure to monitor the dust collector filters for the first few weeks. This will give you a good idea of how many times or how many hours you can run the equipment before a cleaning cycle is required. Be aware the duration between services can vary greatly with the blower operating the dust collector.
Dust collector maintenance variables mean there is no one-size-fits all service schedule. Always remember that changing the blasting pressure, mesh size, type of media, or the hardness of the part being processed will all affect your maintenance needs.
Just because the abrasive is still inside the machine does not mean it should remain inside the machine. Treat blasting cabinets the same as oil in your car – drain it and replace it regularly in accordance with your operational needs.
Pro Tip: You can never have enough dust collector on any blasting cabinet, purchase the most you can budget then add more but make sure it matches the daily duty cycle of the equipment you are thinking about purchasing.