Hopefully the collective intelligence at Orchid can enlighten me.
For the past eight years, I have used a Shop-Vac attached to a
polishing hood to collect the dust and debris from my polishing
motor. This has worked really well, but noisier than I would prefer.
When I recently moved my studio, I decided to “upgrade” to a nice,
quiet polishing cabinet. I had seen one at Rio’s Catalog in Motion
and thought it would be perfect. You can see it on page 315 of the
most recent Rio Grande catalog, item B.
After I hooked it up and had been polishing for a few days, I
noticed that my studio was very dirty with polishing compound and I
had to keep cleaning it away from the front of the filter. It was
then I realized, duh, the debris wasn’t going anywhere! It was just
being drawn towards the filter and needed to constantly be removed.
Nothing was behind the filter to collect the debris! This was
definitely not going to work!
So, my question is… what exactly is the point of these polishing
cabinets? They don’t seem to work well, except for the very smallest
amount of polishing. Does anyone use one of these and is happy with
it? I now feel as if I’m stuck with a $200 piece of useless
equipment. Aaargh! Any suggestions?