The Operation and Advantages of a Cyclone Dust Collector

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The Operation and Advantages of a Cyclone Dust Collector

Cyclone dust collectors are designed to efficiently capture the dust and debris created by machining operations, such as planing or jointing. 

How it works

Cyclone dust collectors are often referred to as two-stage dust collectors because, unlike traditional dust collectors, cyclones have two collection points for dust and debris. The primary collection point is for the heavier chips and debris, while the second collection point is for finer particulate matter.  Cyclone dust collectors utilize centrifugal force as the primary means of particle separation. The airflow transitions into a downward spiral or centrifugal vortex as soon as it enters into a cyclone dust collector. This action forces the larger particles from the airstream into the first collection point, while the finer particles move with the airflow on to the second stage filter element. The particles that are captured by the filter are then collected in a secondary collection point.

Jet Cyclone


  • When emptying a collection bag from a standard dust collector, a huge cloud of dust emerges from the collection bag as soon as it is removed. Since the cyclone’s primary collection point only contains heavier chips and debris, emptying the primary collection bag is a lot cleaner and safer. 
  • Since the cyclonic method significantly diminishes the amount of particles contacting the filter element, the frequency of cleaning and/or replacing an expensive filter is drastically reduced.  

Special Note

Most cyclone dust collectors available today for the woodworking market will remove dust particles 2 microns or larger, so there is still a certain amount of very fine airborne particles being released into the shop environment. Therefore, to insure a healthy shop environment, we recommend an ambient air cleaner be utilized in conjunction with any cyclone or standard dust collector.      

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