Bandsaw dust collection blues

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Forum topic by hairy posted 10-04-2011 10:02 PM 5489 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-04-2011 10:02 PM

I’d like to say it sucks, but it doesn’t. I wish it did. My problem is NOT my dust collector, it’s the way this bandsaw is set up to collect dust. It’s a Jet JWBS-14CS, with a riser. It’s a craigslist find from 2 years ago.

That connector is too small for a shop vac hose, but I did get an adapter to 4” from Woodcraft. It’s like no dust collection at all.I’m thinking about cutting a hole in the bottom door, and putting in a Y pipe.

I thought the saw was a total piece of crap until I put on a good blade – Carter 1/2” x 3 TPI. Now, it’s ok.

What did you do to get good dust collection from a bandsaw? Thanks!

-- My reality check bounced...

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#1 posted 10-04-2011 10:20 PM

I did exactly what you propose, but I cut my hole in the upper right quadrant of the door (near the blade). I think if I was going to do it over, I might put it down at the bottom like you plan to do. I didn’t put in a wye, choosing instead to just make a plexiglass cover to place where the factory port was (my saw is a Delta). The new connection is a huge improvement, but still far from perfect. Bandsaws are tough for DC, I’ve kinda chosen to just live with what I’ve got.

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

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#2 posted 10-04-2011 10:57 PM

I cut a 4” hole in the bottom part of the door. It gets most of the sawdust. but with one in the top it should catch it all.

-- Chuck, wiswood2

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#3 posted 10-05-2011 05:14 AM

My 17” Grizzly has a port like yours in the same place (4”) and my Ridgid shop vac does a super job with no sawdust anywhere but in the vac. I’m wondering if you need more suction? I had to make an adapter to step mine down from 4” to 2 1/2” to fit my shop vac hose.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#4 posted 10-05-2011 06:07 AM

Bandsaw has those kind of dust collection hose.

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