Dust collection modifications for band saw?

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Forum topic by johnjoiner posted 02-05-2008 07:54 AM 5627 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-05-2008 07:54 AM

Topic tags/keywords: bandsaw dust collection

I’ve got my 14” jet band saw running pretty nice. But for dust collection all it has is the 2” port near the lower trunnion. I’ve got a converter to 4” so I can connect the hose from my DC. But that just doesn’t do much.

Has anyone modified these kinds of saws to improve dust collection? I recall seeing some things about cutting a hole in the lower wheel cover and screwing on a 4” connector. Anyone tried that?

Thanks for any ideas or help.

-- johnjoiner

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#1 posted 02-05-2008 07:57 AM

I did it.

Look at the third picture:

Works great, but nothing will get every speck of dust.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 02-05-2008 09:03 AM

One cheap trick is to use a soda bottle. The top third is shaped like a funnel. You can cut the bottle (funnel portion) to match the 2” port. The large part can be duct taped to either a dedicated hose or a quick hook up. The small length of bottle is suprising stable and duct tape covers any gaps.

-- Jeff, South Carolina

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#3 posted 02-05-2008 09:45 PM

”nothing will get every speck of dust”

Heck. I’d be happy getting just a majority of the specks! I’ve forgotten to turn on the DC once or twice when using this saw, and there isn’t much of a difference.

-- johnjoiner

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#4 posted 02-05-2008 09:50 PM

John I use my shop vac on my jet, but like you said sometimes it works well and sometimes not. I’ve contempated trying to seal up some of the gaps around the door to get better pick up. Don’t know if it will help, but might be worth a try.

-- Jim Hallada, Chesterfield, VA

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