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Drain Your Dust Collector Daily & How to Safely Lift with a Crane

Improve Your Dust Collector’s Lifespan: Daily Drain and Safe Crane Lifts

There is a growing environmental concern with the dust generated by abrasive blasting. May old coatings contain a high percentage of lead which when pulverized into powder by abrasive blasting can form a hazardous and toxic dust. Some project now require full dust-tight containment, which encapsulates all blasting operations to minimize danger to personnel and the environment.

A dust collector is used to give ventilation inside containment structures in order to maintain operator visibility and maintain the encapsulated area under a negative pressure. But just like any hardworking capital equipment asset, they require proper care to function at their best. This blog post tackles two crucial aspects of dust collector maintenance: daily drain procedures and safe lifting with a crane.

Let’s first address the importance of daily draining. Dust collectors can accumulate significant amount of moisture during operation. Leaving this moisture unattended can lead to several issues. Reduced airflow can compromise the collector’s efficiency, hindering its ability to capture dust effectively. Additionally, a clogged collector can put undue strain on the motor, potentially leading to premature failure.

Daily draining establishes a simple yet effective habit that prevents these problems. To learn more about daily maintenance tips, check out our dust collector walkthrough video.

Now, let’s discuss safe lifting techniques for situations where you need to move your dust collector with a crane. Lifting a heavy piece of machinery requires careful planning and proper execution to avoid accidents. Crucially, ensure the crane has the capacity to handle the dust collector’s weight. Always use certified lifting slings or straps attached to designated lifting points on the collector. It’s vital to have a spotter guide the lift and ensure everyone stays clear of the path of movement.

By incorporating these practices into your routine, you can ensure your dust collector operates efficiently for years to come. Remember, a well-maintained dust collector not only protects your equipment but also contributes to a cleaner and healthier work environment.

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