In this guide we’ll look at the best dust extractors.
We’ve compared power, performance, design and cost
to give you our top recommendations.
What Are The Best Dust Extractors?
More Detailed Dust Extractor Reviews
Makita VC2012L 240 V L Class Dust Extractor Review
The Makita VC2012L 240 V L Class Dust Extractor is one of the best dust extractors on the market.
This dust extraction system features a powerful highly efficient 1,000 Watt motor that can be used with both power tools and heavy-duty machinery that create a lot of dust.
In fact the PET filter removes 99% of dust and particles from the air. The dust extractor and filter keep your workshop surfaces nice and clean, your work clear of dust and debris and they also protect your equipment from the clogging effects of dust. The filter also protects you yourself from harmful airborne particles.
In addition the unit also features a fast-clean system. This allows you to clean the filters in seconds with no fuss and saves you time.
In addition the wheels and carry handle make this one of the best portable dust extractors so if you are looking for the best power tool dust extractor this should be top of your list!
Lumberjack Dust Extractor Collector 50 Litre Bucket Shape Review
The Lumberjack BDE1200 Dust Extractor Collector is another good choice for best dust extractor because it features a 1,200 Watt motor, a large 50-litre storage bucket and only weighs 10.5 kg.
The 1,200 watt motor means this workshop extractor can be used with large machinery for fast and efficient dust removal. The large tank means enables you to work for extended periods without having to stop to clean out your machine.
Weighing in at only 10.5 kg, this is one of the best portable dust extractors on the market. It is very mobile and can easily be moved around the workshop from machine to machine.
Makita 195902-4 DX02 Dust Extraction System Review
The Makita 195902-4 DX02 Dust Extraction System is a smaller battery operated dust extractor that fits directly to other Makita power tools. It is a completely portable solution that ensures a highly efficient dust collection operation. Not only that the dust extractor works with a HEPA filter, which has the highest efficiency rating of any filter used for dust and particle collection, up to 99.75%.
This portable dust extractor works with compatible tools to automatically start and stop in conjunction with the power tool itself. The dust extraction process begins once you start using the power tool and continues for a few seconds afterwards. This is good because it saves you turning the machine on and off, and even better if you forget to turn it on in time.
Being battery operated this diy dust extractor is portable and light. Moving it around the workshop to different tools and workstations is a breeze!
Record Power DX1000 Fine Filter 45 Litre Extractor Review
The Record Power DX1000 Fine Filter 45 Litre Extractor is a powerful and efficient dust extractor thanks to the combination of a good filtering system and powerful motor.
The 2-stage filtering system allows it to filter particles down to 0.5 microns, thus removing virtually all small particles created from using power tools such as saws and sanders.
This is a relatively lightweight home workshop dust extraction system weighing 11 kg, and features a canister with a decent 45 litre capacity.
The long 4-metre hose is particularly handy when attaching to tools that have their dust output ports located higher up on the machine.
This is a good portable dust extractor for a small workshop.
Scheppach 240V Dust Extractor with Reducer Kit Review
The Scheppach 240V Dust Extractor is a quiet, efficient and compact 1,000 Watt dust extraction machine.
This workshop dust extractor is very efficient in its removal of general dust and small particles, but its main selling point is its ability to remove wood chips and fine wood dust, down to 0.5 microns.
The unit is low noise which makes it perfect as a home workshop dust extraction system where you don’t want to disturb the family or neighbours.
It comes with a hose and reducer kit so can easily be fitted to most standing power tools such as a table saw or router.
Despite a large bin size this fine dust extractor / chip extractor is small and can be tucked away in the workshop when not in use, perhaps under a workbench or in a storage cupboard.
Dust Extractor Buyer’s Guide
The motor capacity, normally measured in watts, affects the performance of your dust extractor. The higher the capacity the more efficient and effective your dust extractor will be.
Sometimes high powered dust extraction systems come with different speed settings. This can be useful if you don’t always need full power as you can run the machine on a lower setting to reduce noise and electricity consumption.
Dust box capacity
The larger the dust box capacity the longer you will be able to use you dust extractor without having to empty it. This means you can keep working and not have to stop to empty the dust box midway through a task, saving you time and energy.
The speed at which the dust box fills up depends on the type of machinery you are using. A sander that creates fine particles will not fill up the dust extractor box as fast as for example a planer thicknesser that produces larger wood chips.
HEPA or PET filter extractor for fine dust collection
If your dust extractor is fitted with a HEPA or PET filter it will catch most air borne micro particles that might be produced by your machine. These fine-tuned filters can catch incredibly small particles saving you from breathing them in. They do however require more maintenance as they must be cleaned more often, but the added filtration is a definite benefit for your health, so it is surely worth it!
Low noise levels
The workshop is already a noisy place so you don’t want to add excessive noise with your dust extractor. It’s well worth investing in a quieter home workshop dust extraction system if you can.
Dust extractors with auto settings also reduce overall noise levels produced in the workshop because they only work when your machines are powered on.
If you intend to use your dust extractor with multiple machines, it helps to have a lightweight, portable dust extractor as this makes the task of repositioning your dust extractor much easier.
Hose length & diameter
The hose length you require depends on your home workshop needs. Some machines have the dust extractor outlet quite high up from the floor, so you need enough length to reach those ports. Hose diameter is also a consideration although dust extractors often come with converters to ensure they fit multiple outlets. If they don’t, these can be purchased separately.
However, the longer and wider the pipe the more suction will be lost, so don’t buy a hose that is longer than your requirements.
Why do I need a dust extractor?
Dust extractors are an important machine in the workshop. Workshop dust extractors help maintain your own health and the health of your machinery. When cutting or sanding, fine particles will be produced. If you don’t extract these particles efficiently and you are a regular workshop user, breathing them in will damage your health. They will also degrade your machines by getting into their mechanical and electronic components and affecting their performance.
A dust extraction system also helps to keep your workshop clean and tidy. This makes your workshop easier, safer and nicer to work in. When you come to the finishing touches of your project, like oiling or varnishing wood, having a clean dust free environment is going to greatly improve the finish of your workpiece.
How does a dust extractor work?
Dust extractors work by creating high-pressure airflow travelling at low velocity that extracts particles from the air. These particles are then stored in a dust box inside the machine to be later disposed of. Often dust extraction systems will have filters to ensure that even the finest particles get caught and prevent them from getting back into the air.
Dust extractors can be attached to ports on power tools or machinery or positioned with flexible hoses to collect dust as it is created.
What size dust extractor do I need?
The size of dust extractor you need depends on a few factors. If you are going to pipe your dust extractor to multiple machines you will need a large extractor that can cope with the loss of suction that extended pipe lengths create.
A more common approach for small or hobbyist workshops is to simply move your diy dust extractor between your machines so you won’t need to spend so much on your workshop dust extractor and piping solution.
This will also ensure you achieve adequate extraction from even small extractors as they are as close to the machine as possible and suction is not lost as the air flow passes through piping and bends.