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Planeman

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Topic tags/keywords: planer belsaw dust vacuum

I have an older 12 inch thickness planer (1970s Sears/BelSaw) that I need to connect up to a dust collector vacuum. I am preparing to bend up what I think will work out of sheet metal, but before I go to a lot of trouble and possibly try to re-invent the wheel I thought I would ask some of you if there was on off-the-shelf attachment I could purchase or if someone had a good workable solution.

Rufus

-- Always remember half of the people in this country are below average.


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marcb

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#1 posted 2171 days ago

I believe that a 6” round register vent (rectangular vent to 6” round) slides right into place with little work.

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CraftsmanCollective

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#2 posted 2170 days ago

I would start by brousing through the HVAC isles at your local home center. Sometimes something just jumps right out at you and says

“I’ll work!”

-- Robby Myer, Walnut Creek, CA

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Planeman

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#3 posted 2170 days ago

Hmmm . . . register vent, HVAC aisle at home center. Sounds like good ideas. I think I’ll make a trip to Lowe’s and Home Depot this afternoon. Thanks guys.! Any other thoughts guys?

Rufus

-- Always remember half of the people in this country are below average.

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#4 posted 2094 days ago

Rufus,

How did this workout for you? I recently found a old Belsaw 905 that I’m getting setup

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Loren

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#5 posted 2094 days ago

I made a hood for my Belsaw jointer/planer out of plywood.

3 pieces joined together with pocket-hole screws and glue…
just drill a hole and stick a hose in it and voila!

A couple of rare-earth magnets make it sort of “click” into place.

-- http://lawoodworking.com

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#6 posted 2094 days ago

Loren,

Any pix showing yours? Thanks.

-- The time I enjoy wasting is not time wasted

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Loren

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#7 posted 2094 days ago

My stuff is sort of in storage. I’m doing no woodworking right now.
Just writing and consulting so I have no tools set up… nor
ease of digging stuff out for picture-taking.

I guess I’m participating here to get a “contact high” off the
people who are actually building stuff right now.

-- http://lawoodworking.com

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lazyfiremaninTN

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#8 posted 2093 days ago

I just made a hood for my ryobi 10in planer. I used 1/8 in hard board. Glue and nail blocks on the inside. Cut out a hole that fits the end of my vac hose. Works great. Just a lil yankee ingenuity.

-- Adrian ..... The 11th Commandment...."Thou Shalt Not Buy A Wobble Dado"

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ChuckM

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#9 posted 2093 days ago

Hi Adrian,
Any possibility to post a pic here? I’m interested in knowing how it’s attached to the planer? Tks.

-- The time I enjoy wasting is not time wasted

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Planeman

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#10 posted 2093 days ago

I went to Lowe’s and Home Depot looking for something workable in the heating vent department but didn’t find anything I really liked. As I have welding equipment and other metal working equipment including a shear and a pinch roller I finally just bought a sheet of .031 steel from Lowe’s and decided to cobble up something from scratch. I have a design worked out but I haven’t gotten around to the actual construction yet as I am still working on rebuilding my workshop. I hope to get it done before too long.

Rufus

-- Always remember half of the people in this country are below average.

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marcb

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#11 posted 2093 days ago

I saw a picture after bumping this post, where someone cut into the original shroud over the cutter head and put a rectangular duct there.

I don’t have the original shroud so I have open possibilities if i can shape the sheet metal right. Of course I have a sheet metal shop about a mile from my house, so maybe they can help.

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marcb

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#12 posted 2093 days ago

The Belsaw is a bit different from the modern portable planers. Its the more industrial design like the larger “stationary” planers where the bed moves and the cutter head is stationary.

Once you remove the sheet metal top you expose the top of the cutter head. My 905 actually has a jointer bed option attached to it, where there used to be a solid top with a pork chop and fence along with some adjusting setups that made it a 12” jointer. I only have the framework unfortunately, nothing else.

I think the rectangular vent style addon attached to a new sheet metal hood is how I’m going to go. This way the DC is pulling directly over the cutter head.

How all I have to do is finish my 90 other projects and I can get this thing working.

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