This site will look much better in a browser that supports web standards, but it is accessible to any browser or Internet device.
Clubs, glossaries, museums, shops and much more......
...all of your model making needs from one site.
If you are working with wood on a regular basis then the first thing you must buy is a dust extractor and preferably a pack of face masks.
This is like an oversize vacuum cleaner with a 0.5 micron filter and 2 metres of 100mm diamter hose.
Record make two machines that are the same in specification, the DX1000 and the RSDE1.
The DX1000 is £30 cheaper and is not quite so nice looking but when hidden under the workbench (see below) who cares about looks.
The machine has a paper filter with a claimed 0.5 micron filter capability and must admit that having used it for around 6 months with no problems and great dust extraction then appears to work very well.
This is not to say that now and again when doing a lot of wood maching that you should not use a mask as well. I use a mask on a regular basis in addition to the extractor when I′m using any kind of power sander.
When I bought this extractor I originally thought I would mount it on the wall and if I rearrange my workshop I still may do this.
For now the extractor sits under the workbench and when not in use I coil the hose around it.
Price: approx £140
Have been using it for more than 6 months and it works a treat. It is not too loud and is more than capable of doing the job in my small workshop. A dust extractor is a must for any bandsaw, circular saw, wood turning, sander and you really should buy one of these before buying the power tools.
I bought mine from Alscot Timber - great showroom to drop in and see the tools before you buy and unusually have first hand experience of using most of the machines and so able to give advice.
Have a look at Record Power and compare the specifications of the dust extractors online.
See also: Tools.