How does a dust collector cartridge filter work?

Cartridge filters are made of different medias that capture suspended particulate as it moves through the dust collector. The particulate sticks to the filter until it is pulsed off by compressed air that is sent down through the inside of the filter. The particulate falls into the hopper below the collector. Cartridge filters usually have pleats to increase the surface area for capturing dust.

How often should I replace the filters in my dust collector?

There is no set filter life, as it is determined by a variety of factors including your application, how much dust is produced, and the type of dust. The best way to determine when it’s time to replace your filters is to monitor the differential pressure. This measurement gets higher as it becomes harder for air to get through the filters. Read more here.

How do I know when to change my dust collector cartridge filters?

Regularly monitoring your differential pressure will alert you to when your dust collector cartridge filters need to be replaced. When your differential pressure reaches about 5” WG, your filters have reached the end of their useful life. Ordering and keeping a set of filters to be ready for a filter change can help to prevent down time. Each system is designed to handle different amounts of pressure drop across the dust collector filters. Your system may vary from 5″, and although you will see this as the standard measurement, always follow your equipment manufacturer’s instructions.

Is it easy to damage dust collector cartridge filters?

Cartridge filters can be damaged by rough handling or accidents. Among other causes of damage, filters should never be dropped, crushed, stored in wet places, or handled by the filter material itself. Read more here to learn how to keep your filter in good working order. If your filters were damaged during transit, please reach out to us at 800.918.3013 or via the chat box below.

Are there different types of dust collector cartridge filters?

Filters for dust collectors can be vertical or horizontal. This is determined by the type of dust collector that they fit into. Because different manufacturers, or even different machines from the same manufacturer, may use different filters, we’ll help you get the right ones. Contact our experienced sales team to determine which filter is best for your collector and facility. Reach out to us at 800.918.3013 or via the chat box below.

How should I clean my dust collector cartridge filters?

Some companies offer the option of “cleaning” your filters so you can get more use out of them. Some people also remove filters and blast them with compressed air. These cleaning methods do not improve the function of the filter. They damage the media and put holes in the filters. These holes may not be visible, but they will be revealed by a dye test. The efficiency of the dust collector decreases, because air can now bypass the filters through the holes. You may also begin to see a fine layer of dust on your equipment or floor in your facility due to the damage.

How do I know if my dust collector cartridge filters are leaking?

If you’re seeing dust on the clean air side of your collector, you could have a leaking filter. A dye test performed by a dust collector technician can confirm your suspicions. They will introduce a florescent dye powder into the system and use a UV light to reveal leaks. Read more about leaking filters and dye testing here. If you suspect that your filters may be leaking, we can help! Schedule a ServiceMAXX visit here

Is my dust collector undersized for my shop?

Many factors affect the design of a shop’s dust collection system, and sometimes the dust collector may be undersized. One way you may know your dust collector isn’t big enough would be having to change the filters with unusual frequency. You may also find it’s not removing as much dust as you need it to. Sometimes, a dust collector filter expert can help improve the performance of an undersized or struggling collector by finding a better filter solution. Contact us so we can start helping you solve your dust collector filter problems today!

How can I get tax exempt status on my filter order?

To place an order with tax exempt status in Pennsylvania or North Carolina, you must first submit your information for your account. Go to your account in the menu and then visit the “Tax Exemption” tab. This will allow you to submit your exemption information and upload you tax exemption file. Once your submission is accepted, all of your applicable orders will be tax exempt. If you are having trouble setting this up, or if you have any questions, please call 800.918.3013.