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Forum topic by hairy posted 1024 days ago 2272 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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hairy

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1024 days ago

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!

-- what a long, strange trip it's been...


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Fred Hargis

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#1 posted 1024 days ago

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.

-- I long for the days when Coke was a cola, and a joint was a bad place to be (Merle Haggard)

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wiswood2

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#2 posted 1024 days ago

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

-- Chuck, wiswood2 www.wisconsinwoodchuck.com

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gfadvm

10557 posts in 1288 days


#3 posted 1024 days ago

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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Beginningwoodworker

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#4 posted 1024 days ago

Bandsaw has those kind of dust collection hose.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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