I have a Grizzly G0555 14” band saw and have had a problem collecting the dust adequately. It has a 4” port on the back but I don’t have a big dust collector so I made a reducer for my 2 1/4” Genie Shop Vac that did not do much at all. I have been thinking about collecting the dust right below the blade for some time now. Wednesday I cut out some time to design and close in port.
This is the first pic of the area under the blade:
Then I made a paper model to get the shape of the parts needed to enclose the dust area.
I decided to use steel to make the box because I had to braze it together so I made a piece for the back with a lip to hold it up and then I made the box with two holes to screw it to the frame of the saw. I laid them out flat first and punched all the holes. Then I formed them using steel and hardwood to make the bends.
After brazing, I painted the part green- close to Grizzly green.
I used a piece of scrap PVC for the dust port and bored a taper in it to fit my shop vack hose. There was not much of a wall on this pvc and some of the threads came through the side, but it holds well. Here it is installed on the saw.:
I found that a little dust does get through. I’m going to do a test on cutting the same amount of feet of wood with and without the port on there to see what the real difference is on the floor. The next step is to add an outlet box on the saw that becomes HOT when the saw is turned on so the vac can be triggered with the saw switch.
I’d like to thank my good friend Mafe from Copenhagen for guiding me through the photo adding process for blogs. I hope they come throught okay.
ps. While measuring things I found that the G0555 is not a true 14” bandsaw. The table is 14” square, but the cutting width is actually 13 3/8”. It is posted as such on the saw
-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!!