Importance of Using Fleece Bags in a Dust Extractor
Fleece Bags vs Filter Replacement: What’s the REAL COST?
Dust Extractor Fleece Bags are less expensive to use and replace than the vacuum pleated filters. Using fleece filter bags drastically improves the lifespan of both standard and HEPA filters, and protects the vacuum motor. Using them provides you with a massive cost savings over the course of a year, or lifespan of the vacuum unit.
One Year Operating Cost Example
|Manufacturer||1 Fleece Bag||Regular Filter||HEPA Filter|
|Dewalt||$8.00||N/A HEPA only||$75.00|
|Makita||$7.00||N/A HEPA only||$60.00|
Importance of Using Fleece Bags in a Dust Extractor: 4 Reasons
Below are four reasons to use dust extractor fleece bags. Probably the BIGGEST and most important reason to use fleece filter bags is to keep Silica, lead dust and other harmful dust exposure to a minimum when emptying the vacuum.
Exposure / Safety
Annual Cost Filter vs Fleece Bags
|Assuming remodeling jobsite use and using the Bosch dust extractor I will go through a pack of bags on a kitchen and powder room remodel. This is an occupied space so I am cleaning up the whole site with this dust extractor every day. If I were not using filter bags I would replace the filter at the end of this job. Total job duration will be approximately 4 months (frame to high end finish). So for the estimated cost of use, I am assuming 4 packs of filter bags or 4 filters annually.|
|Manufacturer||Filter Bags||Cost [Reg Filter]||Cost [HEPA]|
|4 packs per year||4 filters per year||4 filters per year|
|Dewalt||$151.96||N/A HEPA only|| |
|Makita||$143.60||N/A HEPA only||$241.00|
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How often do fleece bags must be replaced?
Thank you for these wonderful thoughts! ❤️❤️❤️
I agree that fleece bags are more durable and may perform better for longer, that is, when near full, thereby “protecting” the machine.
However when removing the full bag a mask should be worn in any case and many paper extractor dust bags have closers.
I prefer the fleece bags just because they don’t split when sharp debris gets sucked up.
My main problem with them recently is what they are made of. Fleece implies wool or something biodegradeable but I believe they are a plastic material (non-biodegradeable) and so made as a by-product of the fossil fuel industry.
As we need to be moving away from using oil-sourced plastics I wonder if you know of a “fleece” bag made of more sustainable materials.
Tom – Interesting question / observation. You are likely correct that fleece dust bags are similar to fleece clothing which is a petroleum product. But a lot of the fleece on the market uses recycled plastics (bottles) so all is not lost. To me there are far bigger areas to cut down on these type of plastics in our industry than dust bags, but I appreciate your goal. To answer your question I’m not aware of any that might be made from natural cloth.
can some one help with a question please,
can a hessian bag be used as a dust extractor bag, I have to replace mine but the cost of replacing is ridicules, from what I can see is that a hessian bag can breathe air thought is as the bag I currently have, many thanks in advance for any prompt replies, enjoy your day
If you’re looking to trap dust then the answer is no.
Am I understanding correctly that you don’t need the standard shop vac filter when using these fleece bags?