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Project by Rayne posted 03-09-2016 05:50 PM 1176 views 5 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I think I figured out my dust collection problems on my bandsaw. If it works for me, I’m sure a similar approach should work for you. It’s not 100% perfect, but it’s working. It’s currently attached via friction fit, so no drilling to the bandsaw required. And if the fit becomes loose, I can add a spacer block with some rare earth magnets on the lower overhang to firmly keep it in place. This doesn’t impede on the opening of the door either, so it’s a win-win. I just removed the old 2” port from the door and that’s it. You can see in the picture how I built it, so if you have any questions, just let me know. Any existing dust in the wheel housing was MDF dust I couldn’t get out with my vacuum before I made the cuts with the port on. If you’d like to see additional test photos let me know what kind you are looking for and I’ll see about running them and posting the pics here. Thanks for looking.





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Roger

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#1 posted 03-09-2016 06:28 PM

Looks like a good solution.

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

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English

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#2 posted 03-09-2016 09:00 PM

What size hose did you use, Looks like 4”.

I added similar 2 .5” hose in the same location and added a 4” to the lower door on mine. works OK. Not great.

-- John, Suffolk Virgina

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Rayne

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#3 posted 03-09-2016 09:14 PM

It is a 4” port with 4” hose. Lot of airflow preventing most of the dust from going down.

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RJ2

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#4 posted 03-10-2016 01:45 PM

Great job . Idid a variation of that style , ended up taking it off , using the factory flip up chute flap and put the 4” on the bottom of wheel cover. Works just s well and I can change my blades without the hassle of disengaging the table top collector.

-- RJ, Tampa Fl, RJMETALWOODS.COM

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RichCMD

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#5 posted 03-10-2016 03:39 PM

Great idea. Something like this might help with the dust that always seems to amass around the lower guides of my band saw and not go into the lower cabinet where the dust port is located. That dust port does not seem to be very effective even for the dust that does fall into the lower cabinet. This kind of set up might be a big improvement.

-- Men admire the man who can organize their wishes and thoughts in stone and wood and steel and brass. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Rayne

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#6 posted 03-11-2016 01:13 AM



Great job . Idid a variation of that style , ended up taking it off , using the factory flip up chute flap and put the 4” on the bottom of wheel cover. Works just s well and I can change my blades without the hassle of disengaging the table top collector.

- RJ2


Awesome. I had plans to add it to the wheel cover as well, but since I would have to remove the hose to get access to the blade/wheel, this method seemed to be the best route for me. In my case, I don’t remove the hose; I just remove the entire port. It just slips on and off easily. Trust me, I was surprised that it fit the way it did and how easy it was to remove it if I needed access to the lower guides.

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Rayne

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#7 posted 03-11-2016 01:16 AM



Great idea. Something like this might help with the dust that always seems to amass around the lower guides of my band saw and not go into the lower cabinet where the dust port is located. That dust port does not seem to be very effective even for the dust that does fall into the lower cabinet. This kind of set up might be a big improvement.

- RichCMD

That’s the first thing I checked was to see if there was any dust on the lower guides and it’s spotless. Then I checked the wheel and it’s pretty much the same since the dust doesn’t have a chance to go down with that much air-flow going through the lower guide assembly area. I think this was the idea of those small built-in 2” port, but when I took a closer look at it, it really wasn’t a port but rather a 2” wide, 1/2” tall slot…no idea how dust is supposed to get through that. crazy.

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