I never intended to turn the bandsaw into a project in itself, but that's
what it's turning out to be. This time, I upgraded to a link belt and
added a dust collection vacuum port.
The link belt was from HF. It's cheaper than most others, but looks just
like the more expensive one I bought from Woodcraft. Vibration at startup
has been reduced, but I haven't tried cutting anything to see how well it's
The dust collection vacuum port was a little harder upgrade, as I had to
take the lower door off and cut a hole. I placed the angled fitting in the
center of the door, near the bottom. A test cut showed reduced dust output
vs the pathetic dust "shoot" on the side.
I'll have to try some real cuts to see how well they work, but I think the
dust collection upgrade will be most worthwhile.
I tried one at the bottom (like you) and it wasn't as effective as the
modified one that I have under the table.
I'll post a picture of my under table one. I used rare earth magnets to
hold it... works well.
But not perfect. If I had a DC I would have both at once working.
Take a look at the binaries or http://imgur.com/a/wLzRs#0
Although imgur is having some trouble right now... I think they are
upgrading their software and have a few bugs.
Makes blade changes quick and easy, and better than the original dust
port.. more juice..
Woodcraft. they have one that points off at about 22.5 (router fence
type) and one that is straight. Because I have a delta circle cutter for
the bandsaw, I had to switch to the straight, I originally had the 22.5
but it intefered with the clamps screw for the circle cutter. The
magnets hold pretty good and are less of a pain than the original setup,
and it sucks more than the original that came with the saw.. a 1.25 port
My JET saw has a smaller port in that location. It does draw some of the
dust away, but it doesn't get very much of it. (Enough to keep hooking
the vacuum up.) Perhaps if I upsized it to fit a vacuum hose it would do
The top port would seem to be wanting to pull dust off the blade (before
gravity can get to it), while the bottom port would catch the dust
falling away from the blade. Connecting both together might give the
best of both worlds.
"Puckdropper" <puckdropper(at)yahoo(dot)com> wrote in message
Its an Accu-Link belt. The price is pretty good though. If the local store
has them in stock I may pick up a couple so I have them for belt
replacements when needed. Thanks for mention HF has them. I would have
never even thought to look there.
I have links on both my wood and metal lathes.
The link belts are great. The belt must be attended to for the first
while. They have to have one or two links taken from them as they
conform to the V grove in the pulleys. Without removing, the belt will
wobble and make noise and vibrations. They are to long. Take a link out.
On 8/9/2012 6:11 AM, Puckdropper wrote:
The instructions said to remove 1 additional link for every foot, and
that the belt would need to be adjusted after the first 1-3 hours of
I can probably loosen the motor mounts on the bandsaw and just retension
things rather than taking the belt off. It looks like there's plenty of
room to allow for that, and I'll wind up doing it anyway.
You must be talking about my saw, not puckdropper's.
Yes I cut with it. It stays clean because of the port.
I hated the whistling noise that the original port had and hated the
poor job it did. I replaced it years ago. I recently tried adding a
bottom port (Like Puckdropper) , but found that it did not work well
with a vac, it would probably work well with a DC, but I don't have a dc.
The ribs in the casting do fill up with saw dust, but 90% goes to the
vac. That saw dust in the ribs was what I hoped would be caught by the
I blow my machines off maybe once a week. Do you leave your festools
really caked in wood dust?
LOL, Yes I apparently am commenting about how clean your unit is. :~)
Seems to work very well.
I would say that my Laguna disposes with at least 90% of the dust but I
open it up and suck out the rest.
I don't like blowing out the excess. Dust goes every where.
Do you leave your festools
Actually with the Festool vac, dust does not collect so to speak. If I
do a lot of sanding I get tale tell signs of dust and a bit on the track
saw. I confess I will blow the saw off. The Domino stays almost
Stationary tools just get dusty.
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