SWMBO and I visited the Indianapolis Woodworking Show today. The first exhibit we stopped
at was the "Drillnado" (drillnado.com), a new type of dust collection shroud for the drill press.
This thing WORKS. About 30 seconds into the demonstration I told the guy to shut up and take
I just finished installing and testing it. Installation took less than ten minutes, and it worked in my
shop just as well as in the demo at the show. The website has a short video of the device in
action, and I'll attest that the video is a completely accurate depiction of its actual
$39.95 and IMHO worth every penny.
It looks great and I have been looking for something like this. I drill
100's of 1-3/8" holes to receive Euro style hinges.
Digging a little further on the website it does not recommend using with
Forstner bits larger than 1-1/2" as the shavings will clog what appears
to be the manifold. I'm wondering if a 1/8" smaller hole, 1-3/8" might
be problematic. Drilling that sized hole creates even bigger chunks of
debris when drilling MDF.
Have you tried that out yet Doug?
It doesn't work all that well with a 1-3/8" Forstner: most of the chips remain in the bellows,
instead of being sucked up through the manifold and into the dust collector -- the chips are
just too big.
OTOH, it's easier to dump the bellows out into the wastebasket than to sweep up chips
that have gone flying all over the shop.
On a few probably, I often do 10+ holes at a time, I'm afraid the
bellows would fill up too often.... So my wife keeps her job of holding
the 4" DC hose next to the bit. ;~)
BUT THANKS for the follow up!
Yes, I thought of that. I almost have that "broken bathroom tile"
adhered back to the wall. The pieces of the tile are glued together, I
just need to scrub the adhesive off the wall and finish the job! Let's
see if I can get it done tomorrow...
She doesn't understand that "companionship" on these sort of chores goes
a long way.
But then she brings up things like laundry... ; )
Anyway, this is a good reminder of this task that I could do today!
drillnado is marketed to dazzle clueless noobs
if you can't dazzle them with brilliance
baffle them with bullshit
there is a sucker born every minute p t barnum
a foole & his money
be soone at debate
which after with sorow
repents him too late thomas tusser 1573
Warning: autoplaying video on that site.
Once set up, how long does it take to take the thing off and put it back
on? I use my drill press for both wood and metal, so I'd need to take it
off for drilling metal.
It appears that the manifold remains attached and you simply remove the
bellows. That probably only takes a few seconds.
Further they recommend not using the DC to suck up metal shavings. You
could leave everything in place and simply not turn on the collector.
They're talking sense there. Metal doesn't always come off in chips, but
often comes off in long strings that could easily clog a DC pipe. Also,
they tend to come off quite hot, which could melt the bellows.
Since the bellows pops off in just a few seconds, I can gain the benefit of
chip collection without losing the versatility of the drill press.
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