I’ve noticed that a lot of you have a DW735 thickness planer like I do.
I use the heck out of mine and it is a great machine. But, there was a design flaw in my opinion that needed to be addressed. The dust port is placed above the middle of the out-feed table, and the dust collector hose has to be tied back or hung up to keep it out of the way, unless you are blessed with a permanent attachment.
I hung it or tied it for a long time until I came up with this solution.
With some scrap oak, a little hard ware I had laying around and about 10$ in dust collector parts, I fixed my problem.
Woodcraft had dust collector parts on sale and I picked up a couple of elbows.
I had some spare hose I wasn’t using, and I re-routed the dust chute to the side.
I cut the block to length; cut out a notch for the out-feed table screw and drilled out the table lip to attach the support block.
With the flexibility of the hose and the size of the elbow clearance, I can dial up the cutter to about 5” with no trouble at all, and that is about as high as I ever need. If I need more, I can easily loosen the hose clamp and gain the extra inch, but I don’t think I’ll be planing 6” pieces any time soon.
I leave a section of hose attached and secure it to the machine with a rubber belt from a long ago discarded vacuum cleaner.
This way the whole package takes up very little space and is ready to use any time.
I thought I may have a problem with two elbow turns affecting the exhaust, but if you have one of these, you know that the atomic power blower on these things is sufficient. And, when attached to my Harbor Freight 2hp dust collector a couple of feet away, it is almost scary how hard the chips come out! LOL
I have been coming up with ways to make my small shop easier to work in and I have been ironing out a few issues that I’ve put up with for too long, like this one.
I’m not saying that this is the best way to fix the problem, but it works great for me and I thought I’d share my idea.
-- Eric, central Florida / Utor praemia operibus duris