Inexpensive dust/chip collector for Delta planer

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Project by SST posted 04-13-2008 05:54 AM 30524 views 20 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I recently reviewed my new Delta TP305 planer (which I mis-typed as YP305) and since it doesn’t come with any way to collect dust & chips, I decided to stay true to (cheap) form by adding one to the machine. I don’t have a real dust collection system so I decided to use my shop-vac to suck it up.
I used an extra standard plastic shop-vac tube and notched it to slip on the cutterhead guard using 3 small screws. The blue end cap is a paint spray can top.
Other than drilling the 3 screw holes, the only other modification I needed to do was slit the side of the guard and peel it back to open it up for air flow. I could have cut out the shape of the tube, but chose to just make the slice & bend in case it didn’t work, I could bend it all back with minimal change to the guard.
The good news is that when I planed a board, most of the chips ended up in my shop-vac. Total cost…well nothing, I had all the pieces laying around. -SST

-- Accuracy is not in your power tool, it's in you

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#1 posted 04-13-2008 06:23 AM

That a pretty good idea. I could have saved some money, because I bought the dust chute way back when.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 04-13-2008 07:21 AM


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#3 posted 04-13-2008 07:48 AM

Awesome. I commented on the review about the lack of DC. I have the same model and will give this a shot. I have some tubing at hand so it’s worth a shot at no cost. I have a weak DC, but it does more than my higher quality shop vac. I want to try the shop van, however. It will be easier to use than running more tubing and blast gates. Thanks.

-- Jeff, South Carolina

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#4 posted 04-13-2008 12:38 PM


Very good idea. Once again you show how thrifty that you are. ( I would never even think of using the word cheap) :)

I am like Gary. I wish I had seen something like this earlier. I just bought a chute for my Delta unit last month.

Thanks for the post. As ever you are an inspiration.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#5 posted 04-13-2008 03:47 PM

I was going to do this but the delta part for this was only 17.00. So I just bought it.

-- Tony, Ohio

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#6 posted 04-13-2008 06:19 PM

That’s pretty cool. My brother has a Delta, I’m going to show him this. Thanks
for the idea.

-- Martin, Kansas

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#7 posted 04-14-2008 03:04 AM

Form and function, what more can you ask for.

-- Grant...."GO BUCKEYES"

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#8 posted 04-14-2008 06:24 PM

Just a follow up…I need to check & clean out my shop-vac filter often to retain good suction, otherwise, it seems to be doing fine. -SST

-- Accuracy is not in your power tool, it's in you

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#9 posted 04-17-2008 03:07 PM

SST – one thing you might try is the dust bags for the shop vac – after putting one of those in my shop vac -
the filter never fills – except for some very light dust – which is very easy to get rid of – and all of the wood chips/dust goes into the dust bags – when its full – just toss it. I picked the bags up at my local Home Depot.

-- "Have you hugged your pet today?" ---------- Larry

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#10 posted 04-17-2008 06:22 PM

Great idea, I wasn’t aware of that. I’ll probably get some today. Thanks

-- Accuracy is not in your power tool, it's in you

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#11 posted 06-19-2008 08:02 PM

Interesting idea, I have a Dewalt 733 with no dust collection manifold…I may be able to rig something up based on your idea. Thanks.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#12 posted 10-01-2008 05:13 PM

The DC hood came with my planer, BUT… it connects to the rear of the planer right in the center. You are very clever for making your connections to the side of the planer—the boards come through mine and often pop the hose right off the end of the chute (which I find more desirable that being trapped inside the planer…)

Well done!

-- There's no tool like an old tool...

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#13 posted 10-20-2010 06:16 PM

I wish I saw that sooner, I already bought a Delta dust chute for my planer, great Idea>>

Thanks, Michael Frey
Portland, OR


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#14 posted 10-05-2020 01:50 AM

I have a late model 10” delta planer that my dad’s friend gave me. Would this mod work for me as well? Also could you just get a piece of PVC and cut it to fit in the same manner?

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#15 posted 06-14-2021 11:13 PM

I needed a 4” chute for my Delta and couldn’t find a factory one so I used a 4” register connect. You can see the pic in my Shop pictures.

-- Woodworking is in my blood and my blood is on some woodwork.

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