shop upgrades #4: Making the delta 6" jointer dust collection ACTUALLY work.

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Blog entry by Julian posted 04-24-2009 12:21 AM 7700 reads 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I have dealt with the sub par dust collection opening of this jointer for over ten years now. Today I went out to the shop and said no longer will I deal with a clogged dust chute, and wood chips all over the shop. All I did to correct the problem was to box out the chute and make it 4” deep all the way to the bottom, then put the chut facing 90 degrees to the chute, which would solve the problem of chips collecting and clogging up the chute. Well, I just ran a ton of boards through the planer and it worked perfectly for the FIRST time in ten years. Why I never did this before, I will never know, but I do know this. Delta really dropped the ball on the dust collection on this one.

-- Julian, Park Forest, IL

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#1 posted 04-24-2009 12:41 AM

well sometimes it takes some of us some time to think of the right fix brian

-- gagewestern

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#2 posted 04-24-2009 01:42 AM

I’m glad to know I’m not the only one who needs to be pushed at times to come up with simple solutions.

-- If at first you don't succeed...Don't try skydiving

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#3 posted 05-01-2009 02:06 AM

Julian – I am having a dust chute problem with my jointer I thought you may have an answer to. I have a similar size Jet jointer with the dust chute on the left side like yours. I recently picked it up used locally. The jointer works find, but all the chips shoot out the right side of the jointer, under the infeed bed. I assumed there was a clog somewhere so I shot air through the entire machine. I got to some chip build up I handn’t seen before, but it is still doing it. No chips go into the dust chute – all just shoot out the right side.

Thanks. Mike

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#4 posted 11-17-2012 11:13 PM

Funny – I have been out in the shop making a dust chute for my “what the heck is it” jointer now I can go back and change my plan a little.

Thanks – Julian good job!

-- chocked Tn.

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#5 posted 11-17-2012 11:40 PM

mike, i have the same issue on my jet. i am planning to fix it by installing a 45 degrees plate inside the cabinet to restrict the suction to the area that matters if that does not work the backup plan is to run the 4” hose inside the cabinet all the way to a funnel aimed at the knife area.

-- Yves

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