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Any small vacuum you recommend to remove dust after modeling?

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Any small vacuum you recommend to remove dust after modeling?
Posted by DarkWoods on Monday, May 17, 2021 8:06 AM

Hi everyone!

Since I am beginning to do more sanding and creating lots more dust on my workbench, I would like to know if you have a small portable vacuum that you recommend?

Thanks for your help!

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Stef

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Posted by Eaglecash867 on Monday, May 17, 2021 8:36 AM

I just use a dust pan and hand brush, followed up with a damp microfiber dusting cloth.

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Posted by the Baron on Monday, May 17, 2021 1:34 PM

DarkWoods

Hi everyone!

Since I am beginning to do more sanding and creating lots more dust on my workbench, I would like to know if you have a small portable vacuum that you recommend?

Thanks for your help!

 
I don't use one, but I've thought about it, and thought that the IT world is a place to look.  Removing dust from a keyboard or from inside the cover and the chassis of a desktop, is similar to removing dust from our bench-a lot of small pieces, and small spaces, so you don't need the suction of a household vac.
 
But MicroMark offers this product, which you might want to have a look at:
 
https://www.micromark.com/Miniature-Vacuum-Kit

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Posted by Hutch6390 on Monday, May 17, 2021 1:54 PM

I use one meant for computer keyboards, bought last year from Amazon for about £10, I think ($14 - ish).  I'm no good at posting links, but mine resembles a small black pistol -  a drum with a circular (sorry, tubular!) barrel & a pistol grip, recharges from a USB port, & comes with a spare filter & a couple of interchangeable brush-type nozzles.  I've seen the same one advertised by numerous sellers on-line.  It deals with plastic shavings & dust very well.

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Posted by Tanker-Builder on Tuesday, May 18, 2021 8:41 AM

Hmmm;

 Here's a suggestion. Make a Vacuum Box to Sand on. If you MUST sand at the bench this works great. Take a window screen type of mesh and then take the Larger mesh like they used to decorate the bottom half of storm doors with. I think they called it Preforated sheet. Now put the screen on top. Take a sturdy box the same size and duct tape all this together.Don't forget to make sure that except for the top that the box is sealed well. Now get a small household vacuum. Like one of those little ones with the big wheels on it. Get a replacement hose for it.  Measure and cut a hole in the box for it. Duct tape the hose to the box. Now there you have it! a vacuum box that will collect that sanding dust. Or DON'T sand at the Bench, sand somewhere else like in the garage or wet in the sink in the laundry room.

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Posted by Don Stauffer on Tuesday, May 18, 2021 9:21 AM

I use my airbrush.  I take the paint bottle off, run it for a few seconds to make sure no thinner left in it, then blow against model while sweeping with one of my soft paint brushes.

It would be even easier with a top feed, though you would still want to blow into air for a few seconds to get any thinner out.

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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Posted by the Baron on Tuesday, May 18, 2021 9:55 AM

Blowing the dust around isn't the same as vacuuming it into a filter/bag to eliminate it, though.

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Posted by Don Stauffer on Thursday, May 20, 2021 9:37 AM

I have a small portable vacuum in my shop.  It has a 2" hose, however, which is too big to vacuum a model.  However, recently I found a half inch to two inch adapter/corregated hose (1foot).  Havent tried it yet on a model but it looks promising.

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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Posted by Cadet Chuck on Thursday, May 20, 2021 1:16 PM

I tried one of those miniature vacuums that MicroMark was selling, and found it to be quite useless.  Save your money.

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Posted by Pj's thunderbolt on Sunday, March 17, 2024 4:08 PM

Purchase a small "2gallon" shap vac and use the wedge tip and put a pantyhose type sock between the hose and tip To catch small parts in the off chance you accidentally vac up any small parts. 

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Posted by keavdog on Sunday, March 17, 2024 4:37 PM

My wife loves this one for counter tops around the coffee station etc

 

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B082D4XXJJ/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&th=1

 

Thanks,

John

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Posted by Bakster on Sunday, March 17, 2024 5:47 PM

Pj's thunderbolt

Purchase a small "2gallon" shap vac and use the wedge tip and put a pantyhose type sock between the hose and tip To catch small parts in the off chance you accidentally vac up any small parts. 

 

I have one as well. I keep it on the floor and the hose is long enough to reach my benchtop. Plenty of power. There is an attachment that has a small brush, works great.

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Posted by Having-fun on Thursday, March 21, 2024 3:59 PM

 

After reading this post, I went to Amazon and found a small hand vacuum and ordered it, the price was about $30. It arrive promptly and try it out, it appears to have sufficient power and pretty good.

 

As to how I keep my area free of dust, well, I do not, I simply wait until I am done working on the ship for the day then I take out this small electric vacuum, I believe it is called an electric broom, and with it I clean up the areas to pick up everything that has fallen on the floor. By using this vacuum I manage to keep the area decent. As to the hand vacuum that I purchased, I intend to use it to clean up my ship models, since all my ship are sail ships, they are hard to clean, I intend to use the small vacuum to attempt to control the dust on them.

 

Joe

 

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Posted by Real G on Thursday, March 21, 2024 4:48 PM

I use the "Magic Pot", and old secondhand enameled steel pot, with water and a small amount of dish soap.  The soap really helps contain the dust to the water.  For major destruction work, I take it outside.

I did get a miniature vacuum cleaner as a gag gift, but it didn't really "suck".  Or rather, it did.  Not suck that is.  Stick out tongue

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Posted by MJY65 on Friday, March 22, 2024 6:26 AM

I use a damp rag on my bench top, but don't vacuum until I'm sure the kit is complete and on the shelf.   A vacuum will definitely find and lost parts temporarily and lose them permanently.  

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