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Project by timbertailor posted 02-10-2015 07:22 PM 3884 views 14 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I finally got around to modifying my band saw to incorporate some dust collection. WOW, what a difference!

I can not believe how big of an improvement it is over the factory 1 inch port near the blade.

I drilled the fist hole on the drill press with a 3 inch hole saw bit and then cut the rest out with my jigsaw. As you can see, I was very generous with the silicone.

My next step is to devise a way to mount a second duct port where the factory port is now located. I will provide an update when completed and as always, I am open to suggestions and new ideas.

The dust port was siliconed and pop riveted into place and works well with my recently built dust collector.

Hope everyone had a great holiday season.

-- Brad, Texas, https://www.youtube.com/user/tonkatoytruck/feed





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hotncold

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#1 posted 02-10-2015 07:31 PM

This looks like a great improvement Brad. My Laguna bandsaw has the worst dust collection of any tool in my shop. This may be something I have to look into.
Thanks

-- Dennie - Tennessee

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StickleyStyle

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#2 posted 02-10-2015 07:39 PM

Can’t wait to see your solution to the challenge of collecting just under the blade. It’s a difficult area to address due to the lower guides and the fact that the lower door must still operate.

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timbertailor

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#3 posted 02-10-2015 07:49 PM

Dennie – you will be glad you did. My band saw produces more saw dust per minute of operation than any other tool I own. Now that I have a larger dust collection solution, it was a good time to make the upgrade.

I will share the splitter ducting that works with my router table and fence (4 inch and 2 inch) with the band saw.

Stickley – I have seen some very doable solutions on this site and hope to make a box for the dust port going to the blade next. It will probably be mounted using the existing bolt holes for the 1 inch port provided by Delta. It may have to be removable but I do not mind. I do not open the lower door very often except for blade changes or cleaning and the latter will be less frequent now.

Thanks guys.

-- Brad, Texas, https://www.youtube.com/user/tonkatoytruck/feed

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tyvekboy

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#4 posted 02-10-2015 09:44 PM

Good solution for a bandsaw without dust collection. Like you I got tired of all the dust generated by my bandsaw. I just couldn’t bring myself to cutting into my original lower wheel guard like you did. Must be a mental flaw on my part. I did my this way.

Unlike your solution, I put my dust port closer to the source. So far mine seems to work. Less dust.

Can’t wait to see phase 2 of your BS Dust Collection.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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timbertailor

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#5 posted 02-10-2015 10:27 PM



Good solution for a bandsaw without dust collection. Like you I got tired of all the dust generated by my bandsaw. I just couldn t bring myself to cutting into my original lower wheel guard like you did. Must be a mental flaw on my part. I did my this way.

Unlike your solution, I put my dust port closer to the source. So far mine seems to work. Less dust.

Can t wait to see phase 2 of your BS Dust Collection.

- tyvekboy

Wow. That was a lot of work!

It looks great and the attention to detail is quite apparent.

I had no such qualms about cutting up my cover. In fact, I am looking to buy another BS with a MUCH larger maximum cutting depth, once the move is complete.

Thanks for sharing your link. Should give others an alternative if they too are reticent to butcher the factory door cover like you.

-- Brad, Texas, https://www.youtube.com/user/tonkatoytruck/feed

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Marv88

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#6 posted 02-11-2015 12:43 AM

Here is my solution for catching dust right below the bandsaw table. I cut the 2 1/2” dust collection fitting so it actually wraps around the lower guide and “choked” the 4” port to increase velocity under the table. The fitting is bolted directly to the original plastic cover so it pivots out of the way to open the door/change the blade (looks like you have to right click and choose view image to see the pics full width)

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timbertailor

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#7 posted 02-11-2015 03:31 AM



Here is my solution for catching dust right below the bandsaw table. I cut the 2 1/2” dust collection fitting so it actually wraps around the lower guide and “choked” the 4” port to increase velocity under the table. The fitting is bolted directly to the original plastic cover so it pivots out of the way to open the door/change the blade (looks like you have to right click and choose view image to see the pics full width)

- Marv88

I like your solution. Looks really easy to do without having to construct a box like other designs I have seen.

I really appreciate the input and this should make it easy for me to complete my DC solution.

Thanks for taking time to post some detailed photos for me\us.

-- Brad, Texas, https://www.youtube.com/user/tonkatoytruck/feed

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BoardCop

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#8 posted 02-11-2015 03:44 AM

Awesome solution!! I know what I’ll be doing in the next week or so!! Great work! Thank you for sharing

-- Angie, If dogs don't go to heaven, then when I die I want to go where they go!

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Marv88

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#9 posted 02-11-2015 03:45 AM

You’re welcome and glad I could help!

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Roger

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#10 posted 02-11-2015 12:52 PM

I’m sure that makes a world of difference, and for the betterment of dust collection.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

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#11 posted 02-11-2015 02:26 PM

A great modification, and one I should make. However, I’m like tyvekboy and can’t bring myself to cut onto my lower guard.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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backcountrymike

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#12 posted 02-11-2015 05:06 PM

Thank you for this post! I have the same bandsaw and same issues with dust in my shop! Excellent work!

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Marv88

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#13 posted 02-11-2015 06:00 PM



A great modification, and one I should make. However, I m like tyvekboy and can t bring myself to cut onto my lower guard.

- HillbillyShooter

I experimented with both connections individually on mine and it collects WAY better with only the 2 1/2” port under the table connected than it does with only the 4” port on the side connected. With both connected I get a barely noticeable amount of dust inside and sometimes just a little dust left on the table top (I use this bandsaw strictly for scroll work mainly in MDF).

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JoeinGa

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#14 posted 02-11-2015 10:02 PM

I’ve seen this modification before, and I really need to add it to my old Delta. Thanks for the reminder

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