There are a couple things that are not really being addressed in
this thread. One is the health aspect. The other is metal loss.
The dust blows everywhere without a collector. All over your work
space as well as you.
At the minimum, use a dust respirator when buffing. A commercial
buffer keeps your work area, your clothes and your lungs cleaner.
The next question would be to find out what metal you polishing. Any
time you polish, you are removing material from the surface. With
copper it is not so costly so metal loss is not as large of an
Brass can contain small amounts of lead. Removing silver or gold can
cost you money.
When you polishing silver, you are removing material, making the
scratchessmaller and smaller until you cant see them any longer.
Where is that silver going? Without a collector, it is going into
the environment and getting lost. Are you polishing silver? Is it
blowing around the room or being walked out the doors on your
shoes?. If you see dust on your work surfaces, that dust contains
Your dust can be worth a lot of money, depending what you are
polishing and how much you grind and polish you do.
Filing, sanding, and grinding and polishing removes material. At
$25.00 per ozt, With gold at $1145.00 per ozt, it adds up even
faster. you can loose a lot of money very quickly. How much do you
want to through away. If it is blowing that dust out a window or
around your shop it is costing you money.
This may be a case of being “Penny wise and pound foolish”. If your
working in precious metals, collect everything.
Technical Support Specialist
Rio Grande, A Berkshire Hathaway Company