An exhaust system is a real asset to your hobby or business. Moving
the various fumes and dusts away from your lungs is a big deal.
Saving those dusts can also be a big deal! The Handler 60U dust
collector (usual disclaimers) paid for itself the first year (1996) I
had it. I was casting a small line of nautical jewelry in South
Florida. One trip to the refiner and that sucker was a total asset!
An interim option to ordering from overseas companies would be to
get a shop vac and hook it up to collect the dusts from your grinding
and polishing. It's definitely a low end dust extractor but it's a
whole lot better than nothing. There is a mention of vacuum cleaner
dust collectors in a Ganoskin article here:
I bet that it would surprise you how much money comes back from the
refiner at the end of a year!
That's my two cents, not on tool co-ops, but maybe on a way to save
enough $ to afford those tools from the high quality tool dealer in
your town. Stores are there to make money. Ya gotta buy their
A tool co-op sounds like a great idea! Maybe you'll become the
premier tool importer to Australia!
Chuck in Asheville where I'm working between winter and spring