Portable Dust Collection Systems: Protect Your Health, And Make Money With Them?

Most industrial or commercial business owners know that it’s a good idea (well, it’s actually OSHA law) to keep indoor air pollution and air quality under control when you have employees. And for a lot of businesses, controlling toxic fine dust generated in various types of workshops or construction sites is accomplished by using a portable dust collector. But I bet you didn’t know that some business owners are not only using these dust collection systems-they’re renting them out when they’re not using them!

Portable industrial dust collectors are, in many cases, better than fixed or non-movable cyclone-type dust collection system simply because the unit can be moved to whatever room or site where dust removal is needed. This is especially important if your business is conducted at different work sites or shops on a regular basis. Cyclone dust collectors are do often include HEPA and carbon filters to remove both particles and fumes effectively, but also cost 3-4 times as much-and if you don’t really have fumes or odors to remove (just particles / dust), then why spend the extra money on a cyclone system when a dust collector will include the pre-filters and HEPA filters to effectively remove the toxic fine dust and larger particles and give you good air quality control for a lot less money.

So how much are quality portable dust collection systems? They’re usually around $2000-3000 (not $8-12,000 for a cyclone system), and as we mentioned, if it’s a portable unit, that means you can rent it out when you’re not using it (something you can’t do with a fixed cyclone dust collector), or get a second dust collector just for rental purposes (recommended). Who’s going to rent out a dust removal system? Mostly business owners that normally do sandblasting or woodworking in their own workshops, but sometimes need to do sandblasting or woodworking, repair, etc on-site at a customer’s location. This would enable them to increase revenue since they weren’t able to provide their services at other locations-but now they can because they can rent a dust collector and meet OSHA regulations wherever they go!

Construction sites sometimes need particle filtration as well, and especially when negative air (sucking particles / dust out of a room) or positive air (bringing clean, particle-free air into a room) is needed. You’ll find that there are construction or remodeling contractors that don’t need dust extractors all the time, but when they do, they’d probably be happy to rent one for a day or two. Portable dust collection systems are great for removing drywall dust, brick dust, & ceramic dust, too. And they’re especially good for large cabinet shops and sandblasting shops as they can be moved around as needed.

One particular portable dust collector that we recommend for your industrial or commercial business and for rentals is the Air Rhino 2000 VS HEPA industrial air cleaner from Electrocorp, mainly because of its superior performance, reputation, good warranty and lots of options, as well as an affordable price. The Air Rhino 2000 VS HEPA is made of solid steel, includes 2 prefilter stages and a commercial-grade HEPA filtration system, is positive and negative air capable, and it can even be mounted to an HVAC system for whole building air cleaning–or hung from the ceiling to save floor space!

And, since the Air Rhino can accept duct work on the input end, this dust collector can work as a source capture unit as well! Just position the duct or tubing over or next to the area where particles need to be removed! The Air Rhino 2000 VS HEPA is one of the best portable industrial dust collectors we have seen, with the best value, the most options, best warranty, and quality particle filtration for the money.

Also, if you are going to rent out a dust extractor system, we do recommend getting a second or third unit for rentals simply because you don’t want to bring pollutants into your business that might somehow be lingering in or on the unit after customers use it. Set some guidelines and rules for using the dust collector, too-i.e., don’t use it to remove fumes and smoke as the HEPA filters won’t remove those but will likely leave an odor in the unit and chemical pollutants that blow out for a while after that!

And be sure to change the filters a little more often, not only to improve performance for your customers, but also to ensure that their isn’t something transferring from one customer’s use to another. Also check to make sure your liability insurance is in place to cover this rental activity, just to be sure. Once you have all that covered, you can start renting probably make at least a couple hundred bucks a day per unit-or more. Just check around and see what other people are charging, if they’re even offering dust collector rentals!