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Forum topic by CueballRosendaul posted 02-11-2016 03:50 PM 687 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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CueballRosendaul

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02-11-2016 03:50 PM

I have a 14” Delta band saw, probably the most common model on the planet, and the dust collection is non-functional through the factory port under the table. Since my life in the shop has gotten a lot more curvy these days, and I’ve tuned it up so sweetly, I’d really like to get a handle on the mess it makes. Has anyone else had success collecting dust from this machine? I was considering cutting a hole in the bottom door (thick steel) and putting a 4” or 2 1/2” port on it, but I think I should do something closer to the blade too. Any advice?

Matt

-- Matt CueBall Rosendaul. I don't think I've ever had a cup of coffee that didn't have cat hair or sawdust in it.


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Rick Dennington

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#1 posted 02-11-2016 04:05 PM

Matt,

I did the same thing you’re talking about on my bandsaw….I have a Delta 14”, and like you said, the dust collection sucks…I cut a hole in the door just below the knob, and put an adapter on with screws to hook up a 2 1/2” hose connected to my dust collector….Go to my workshop and look at pics #3, and you’ll see how I did it…It helped some, but no that much, especially if you’re using jigs or other fixtures…..Overall, dust collection an ANY bandsaw sucks… Maybe a 4” would be better…..

-- At my age, an "all--nighter" is not having to get up and pee...!!!

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Harry

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#2 posted 02-11-2016 04:33 PM

I use a c-stand for so many things around the studio other than photography. Made a metal adaptor that fits around the 4” dust hose and clamp it in the knuckle of the c-stand. I can position it wherever is needed. Sorry, don’t have a photo of this but here is a photo of just a c-stand.

Harry

-- Harry - Professional amateur

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Fred Hargis

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#3 posted 02-11-2016 05:09 PM

I cut a hole in the bottom door and put on a 4” flange. I also got a small piece of plexiglass that covered the opening where the factory port was located. I can’t say it’s 100%, but it’s a hell of an improvement over the OEM. In the photo you can see the plexi (barely). It wraps around the front of the opening.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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Rick Dennington

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#4 posted 02-11-2016 05:14 PM

Fred,
I think that’s a better setup than what I did….I have been thinking about redoing mine with a 4”.....I’m sure it’s better than the 2 1/2” port..

-- At my age, an "all--nighter" is not having to get up and pee...!!!

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firefighterontheside

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#5 posted 02-11-2016 05:18 PM

Mine has a 4” fitting into the rear wheel area and a 2” right by the lower guides. It does pretty well, but to get any better i would have to have a hose attached to the guide rod right behind the blade. May try it.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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Rick Dennington

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#6 posted 02-11-2016 05:39 PM

Bill, That’s interesting….How would you attach the hose to the blade guide…? Use a clamp, or some fixture..? I can’t see it working w/o interfering with the cutting…. I don’t have it pictured in my mind how it would work…

-- At my age, an "all--nighter" is not having to get up and pee...!!!

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MrUnix

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#7 posted 02-11-2016 06:23 PM

Since I enjoy restoring old machinery and trying my best, to a point, to bring them back to their original glory – it breaks my heart every time I see holes cut in those wheel covers :-(

There are some very clever ways to provide dust collection without cutting up the machine if you want to go that route. One such example:


(See here for the whole story)

Delta used to make a ‘dust chute’ that fit under the table and captured the chips before they could make it to the lower part of the saw, which worked great – and snapped into place in a way that it would not interfere with the guide adjustments or table tilt operation:

Unfortunately, It’s no longer available but sometimes shows up on e-bay and similar sites (Part # 426020260003)

Here is another creative method from under the saw between the feet:


(Taken from this thread at OWWM)

Going to the other extreme – here is the turbo version of dust collection that just makes me die a little bit inside every time I see it:

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid

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tyvekboy

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#8 posted 02-11-2016 07:09 PM

Here is my version for Dust Collection For An Old Bandsaw:

The area around my bandsaw is a lot less dusty now … if I remember to turn on the dust collector .. lol.

I didn’t want to alter the original cover … OCD I guess …

However, I do like the TURBO Version above … that’s awesome!

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

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hiljac

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#9 posted 02-12-2016 12:27 AM

I gave up on the OEM port and just let the dust fly knowing theres going to be a mess. Some of the pics above have me rethinking that now…..

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CueballRosendaul

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#10 posted 02-12-2016 01:31 AM

Thanks guys. I’ll probably go the Fred Hargis route and put a flange on the bottom door and try to make the rest a little more airtight. I might even get creative and make the side port 3” and run another small hose to the factory dust port.

-- Matt CueBall Rosendaul. I don't think I've ever had a cup of coffee that didn't have cat hair or sawdust in it.

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Fred Hargis

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#11 posted 02-12-2016 12:13 PM



Thanks guys. I ll probably go the Fred Hargis route and put a flange on the bottom door and try to make the rest a little more airtight. I might even get creative and make the side port 3” and run another small hose to the factory dust port.

- CueballRosendaul

I think the second connection might be a good thing if you can pull enough air. Hope it works out for you!

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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Tennessee

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#12 posted 02-12-2016 12:24 PM

I like what Powermatic did, (although I don’t own one – yet). They put a 4” connection on the backplate, just under the table and just below the trunnion adjustments. Sort of in line with the cut, but just a bot outside of that.

People seem to think that position works pretty well. I would think anything on the front door, like my Porter Cable, is a PITA, which mine is. I attach a big HD vacuum to mine, and that hose always gets in my way, sometimes pops the door open, etc. Worthless, although it does pick up about 50% of the dust and fines.

-- Paul, Tennessee, http://www.tsunamiguitars.com

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Roger

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#13 posted 02-13-2016 03:01 PM

Lotsa gr8 ideas here. I have a Powermatic 14” and it’s about the same, not very good dust collection. I added a 4” Y at the bottom that helped a little bit. I do like the plexiglass idea or something up there around the bearings/cool blocks. I’m sure by closing that area up, dc would be a bit better. Good luck.

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

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