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Forum topic by Matt Przybylski posted 448 days ago 2867 views 2 times favorited 42 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Matt Przybylski

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448 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: band saw dust collection dust dc

Hey everyone,
I recently purchased the Grizzly G0555LX and got a 3/4” BladeRunner blade (the equivalent of a WoodSlicer) from Iturra Design (why more people don’t talk about/buy from them is kind of perplexing but ill save that for another post). In any case, I was testing resawing on a 2×4 just for fun and man, dust everywhere. I’m interested in seeing how you’ve all set up DC under the table and pictures/explanations would be greatly appreciated. there is alot going on under there with limited space so I’m not sure how to proceed in making something that’ll fit there.

-- Matt, Illinois, http://www.reintroducing.com


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PeteMoss

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#1 posted 448 days ago

Hey Matt. Sorry that I don’t have a picture handy, but I will try to describe what I did with mine. Basically, I have a Delta 14” bandsaw that is probably 15 years old. The built in collection is a measly little connection right below the table that you could hook to a shop vac. This is mostly useless. So instead, I cut a 4” hole in the bottom middle of the lower wheel cover, right on the front of the machine. To this I installed a 90 degree connector that I can hook my dust collector to. So, all the dust flows into the lower wheel housing and is collected there. It actually works very well, though it doesn’t look beautiful or anything like that. If you are resawing something pretty tall then dust will still make it through, but it is 10 time better than the factory port. Good luck with your saw.

-- "Never measure......cut as many times as necessary." - PeteMoss

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David Dean

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#2 posted 448 days ago

well I have a 14” craftsmen band saw and like pete I use my shop-vac

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JesseTutt

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#3 posted 448 days ago

My Grizzly 17” bandsaw has two 4” ports one just below the table and the other at the bottom of the base. After conferring with fellow LJs I simply connect my dust collector hose to the port just below the table. Almost all sawdust ends up either collecting on the lower bearing assembly, table trunnion, or in the dust collector.

-- Jesse, Saint Louis, Missouri

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MT_Stringer

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#4 posted 448 days ago

I don’t have a pic, but I do have the same saw G0555LX. I have been using my shop vac with the Oneida cyclone to capture the dust/chips from the tools in my shop.

For the band saw, I bought a 4 → 2 1/2” reducer and added a 2 1/2” “Y” to it. From there, the hose runs to the shop vac. The other part of the “Y” is connected to a shop vac piece that is held in place with a bungie cord. It collects the dust just below the table and the internal dust is collected through the factory 4 inch port.

Works pretty good.
Pic coming.
Mike

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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Don W

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#5 posted 448 days ago

-- There is nothing like the sound of a well tuned hand plane. - http://timetestedtools.wordpress.com (timetestedtools at hotmail dot c0m)

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Marcus

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#6 posted 448 days ago

Thanks Don, I am laughing way too hard sitting in front of my computer at work now.

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Fred Hargis

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#7 posted 448 days ago

This is probably similar to what Pete Moss did, except I put my port in a slightly different position on the door. If you look hard you’ll see I covered the area where the stock port was with a removable piece of polycarbonate.

-- 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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Rick Dennington

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#8 posted 448 days ago

Ok….here ya go….....

-- " I started with nothing, and I've still got most of it left".......

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pmayer

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#9 posted 448 days ago

4” port provides great CFM, but I like the upper right placement idea and if I had it to do again, which I will I’m sure, I will move it up and right a bit.

-- PaulMayer, http://www.vernswoodgoods.com

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Matt Przybylski

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#10 posted 448 days ago

thanks everyone, keep them coming!

@MT_Stringer: What is that piece that is connected to the pipe/hose and the bungee cord? It looks like a dust pan or something similar. Where would I get one of those and how has it worked for you? Also, have you found the stock port to be good for collecting the lower wheel dust? I’ve seen many people say to cover it and drill a hole in the front lower left portion but I’m not keen on putting holes in my brand new band saw…

-- Matt, Illinois, http://www.reintroducing.com

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Kazooman

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#11 posted 447 days ago

Matt: If you want to collect the dust you will have to get over the concern about putting a hiole in your new saw. I did exactly what the other posters did shortly after I got my 14” Delta saw and I have never regretted it. The little built in collection port is useless.

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Matt Przybylski

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#12 posted 447 days ago

@Kazooman: I understand, however, I have the same saw as MT_Stringer above and it has a big 4” port in the back. If you look at his picture you will see it coming out of the back connected to his hose at the bottom. I don’t think I should have to add another hole in front if this one is essentially the same thing but in the back which is why I asked if it was sufficient.

-- Matt, Illinois, http://www.reintroducing.com

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blackcherry

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#13 posted 447 days ago

Don thanks for the belly buster….lmao!

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TerryDowning

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#14 posted 447 days ago

I use the same one as Don W.

I absolutely love the power consumption on that unit. Very eco-friendly.

-- - Terry

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pmayer

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#15 posted 447 days ago

With a 4” port in the back you should not have to add on in the front. I don’t like cutting into new tools either, and definitely wouldn’t have carved mine up if it already had a port in the rear. Just keep the flex run relatively short going to it and you should be fine assuming that you are pulling adequate to begin with.

Don, simply outstanding. ROFL.

-- PaulMayer, http://www.vernswoodgoods.com

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