Band Saw dust collection improvements

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Project by Phil277 posted 02-18-2012 02:58 PM 10165 views 8 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The tiny hose port that is part of the Delta band saw doesn’t collect much of the dust created when using the saw. I cut out a 4” hole in the door and made an adapter out of 3/4” MDF to connect a 4” hose with a PVC elbow. This was an improvement but some dust was still escaping. The second improvement was made from a collection of piping parts that I had in my “I’ll find a use for it eventually box. I had to drill a 2 1/2” hole in the PVC elbow with a hole saw.

-- The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing. From a sign on a surfer bar in So. Calif.

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#1 posted 02-18-2012 03:44 PM

Good idea. Bandsaws are notorious for their lack of good dust collection.

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#2 posted 02-18-2012 03:46 PM

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#3 posted 02-18-2012 04:05 PM

Nice improvements to the band saw,I just hooked up my BS to my DC a few weekends ago by adapting a shop- Vac attachment and it has been a welcomed improvement as well !

-- Rob,Gaithersburg,MD,One mans trash is another mans wood shop treasure ! ;-)

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#4 posted 02-18-2012 04:18 PM

nice improvement

i sometimes wonder
if the tool designers
even try out their designs

or just draw something
and call it a day

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#5 posted 02-18-2012 04:50 PM

Good job ….I made something similar for my JET band saw : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#6 posted 02-18-2012 05:08 PM

I like this! A couple of questions; is the upper port (by the table) a delta port or did you add that and how much of a hassle is it to change blades?

Thanks for posting,

-- Cal Noguchi

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#7 posted 02-18-2012 06:43 PM

Very good idea indeed. What are you using for the dust collector itself and how much dust do you still have, if any?


-- Ron, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#8 posted 02-18-2012 10:18 PM

Great. Now work on drill press dust collection and get back to us will ya…............

-- mike...............

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#9 posted 02-19-2012 12:01 AM

Hello Phil I like your idea. I have one question would it have been better to mount this in the back to make changing blades easier. I ask because you don’t have any picture with it opened . I not sure if there is enough clearness. How fair in does the attachment for the vacuum go. Thanks

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#10 posted 02-19-2012 01:48 AM

My Grizz came with 2 dust ports and they function as advertised.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#11 posted 02-19-2012 05:16 AM

He probably does the same as I do …Loosen one clamp , separate hose and open door…..magic : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#12 posted 02-19-2012 02:22 PM

Ya know I’ve been running a lot through the Band saw the last few days and have had the problem of “My hook-up” (only on the front) not collecting enough of the dust problem and BAM! come on to LJ’s and someone has posted a solution.

-- Doug...

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#13 posted 02-19-2012 03:32 PM

Patron – I agree, if they had tested the DC port on the BS I’d like to think they would realize they had more work to do.

Cal – the small upper port is part of the BS. I just connected a hose and fittings to it. Some dust still beats my system but there is a lot less than there used to be.

Ron – the DC is a no name Chinese 1 1/2 HP, 2nd hand connected to all of my power tools.

Woodman – it may have been better to go through the back but it was easier to remove the door to cut the hole. Also the 4” elbow is only held in by friction, it’s very easy to remove for changing a blade.

Mike – I have yet to see a really good design for the drill press.

Thank to all for the compliments – this is a terrific forum. I wish I had discovered it sooner.


-- The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing. From a sign on a surfer bar in So. Calif.

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