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Forum topic by Ben posted 06-10-2017 12:29 PM 969 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-10-2017 12:29 PM

I’m thinking of adding a second band saw to my shop. I have an old Yates Y30 that is amazing for large resawing jobs, but it’s a hassle to change blades and readjust the guides every time I need to make a scroll cut.

I have a two car garage shop that is maxed out. I also have a “bench room” in the back of my house, that is 18’ X 12’. Essentially just hand tools, assembly/glue-up space. And where I’d like to eventually build a classical guitar, if not several.

I’m thinking of parking the new band saw (specifically a Walker-Turner 16”) inside the house in the bench room.
This room is separated from my living space by pocket doors, but I’m still concerned about dust flying everywhere.

Is there a very small dust collector that would work well with the WT 16” and its existing dust port, and keep the house clean? Or am I dreaming?

I have no dust collector in the garage shop – just let it fly. Place is a mess. I don’t want my house turning into this.


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#1 posted 06-10-2017 12:50 PM

I think you are going to want lot us of CFM, like 1200, and a very tight filter. Bandsaw dust is fine, and like your mother in law. It will get into your house unless you take measures drastic enough to aggravate your wife.

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#2 posted 06-10-2017 01:44 PM

A lot of old bandsaws do not even have ports, so consider yourself lucky. Yes, I think a dedicated DC will be a necessity. You have health considerations with a machine like that in an enclosed space.

Bandsaws can be a hard machine to collect so I would not depend on a shop vac-based DC unit having adequate CFM’s to collect a bandsaw. But folks like Mattius Wandel and Marius Hornberger have DC builds on YouTube that might be useful. However, I would suggest something like a 1HP standalone unit that will give you at least 3-400 CFM. Do some research on bags vs. cannisters. IMO a cannister is an absolute necessity.

The pocket door will be an issue. At the minimum, you need to add some kind of weather stripping or sweeps to sides and bottom (even with good DC). Better yet would be replace with a weatherproof door.

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#3 posted 06-10-2017 02:26 PM

I guess to directly answer what you asked: Yes, I think you’re dreaming. Which is OK, I keep dreaming I’ll wake up one morning and find out bacon is good for your health.

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#4 posted 06-10-2017 02:33 PM

I’m not saying I’ve tried it, and I’m not saying it will work, but here’s a video that Rob Cosman put out about how he handles dust collection on his band saws (of which several are of similar vintage)

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#5 posted 06-10-2017 04:23 PM

The Rob Cosman method looks really good.

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#6 posted 06-10-2017 05:09 PM

I intend to try it with mine. The admitted issue is that you’re far more limited when tilting the table, but I’m not sure I’ve ever tilted the table on mine beyond just making sure it would when I bought it lol

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#7 posted 06-10-2017 07:31 PM

Would this work as well with a 1200 cfm dc choked down from 4” pipe to a small diameter port on the saw??

-- Ken

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#8 posted 06-10-2017 08:02 PM

It all depends. If it is a real 1200 cfm….3-5 hp with 15” impeller maybe. If it is the exaggerated claim from a 1.5 hp one then no.

I have a 5 hp with 15” impeller and still find some applications where a Ridgid shop vac works better. A dust collector gives you 8-12” static pressure while a shop vac is more like 80+” static pressure. For small diameter port the shop vac does well

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