Finally...dust collection for the drill press!! Dust collection is a huge issue in the shop. Wood dust is a known carcinogen. Exposure to wood dust has been associated with dermatitis, asthma, chronic bronchitis, and cancer. In addition, excess wood debris creates a mess of a shop. Most stationary woodworking shop tools and many handheld power tools have built in dust collection, but not the drill press. Until now!
Introducing DRILLNADO! Although most tools have built in dust collection, frankly a lot of it does not work that well. With DRILLNADO (Patent Pending), dust collection at the drill press has gone from zero to best in the shop!
Because DRILLNADO surrounds the drill chuck and drill bit, it collects nearly all of the drilling debris and dust. The fist part of the DRILLNADO housing attaches permanently to the drill press quill. Your shop vacuum or dust collector attaches to this housing. The expandable housing is removable and attaches to the top housing. Because it is expandable (and collapsible) and sustains the desired length on it owns, you can position the vacuum opening directly at the point of the drill bit right where the dust is collected. With the expandable housing removed, you can access the drill quill and change bits as needed.
The largest quill diameter that works with DRILLNADO is 2.6". It comes standard with bushings to work with a quill diameter of 2.17." Another bushing reduces DRILLNADO to work with the smallest bench top drill presses with a diameter of 1.57". We also include adhesive strips to adapt a bushing to a 2.54 and 2.05" diameter quills.
The top DRILLNADO housing and dust collection hose can stay permanently attached to the drill press when not in use. The removable and expandable housing allows you to place the vacuum opening directly above the tip of your bit and the source of dust. The expandable housing comes with a 1" opening that can be used with most drill and forstner bits. You can purchase an additional expandable housing and increase this opening to 1.75" to be used with forstner and other bits with larger diameters.
Important Technical Information & Warnings
Warning! Do not use DRILLNADO to collect metal shavings while drilling or working with metal. Metal shavings striking a dust collector's impeller could create a spark and risk of fire. Hot metal shavings in a shop vacuum with other combustible material could pose a fire risk.
Large Forstner Bits 1-1/2" Inch And Larger:
DRILLNADO works well with drill bits, brad point bits, many forstner bits, sanding drums, and hole saws. Very large forstner bits can create very large shavings depending on factors including material being drilled. Drilling with large forstner bits (1-1/2" inch and larger) will likely clog DRILLNADO. Make sure to turn off DRILLNADO before attempting to clear any wood shaving clogs.
Drill Press Quill Diameters:
DRILLNADO works on most floor model and bench top drill presses with quill diameter of less than 2.6". DRILLNADO includes bushings and shims that allow it to work on drill presses with 2.6", 2.54", 2.16", 2.05", and 1.57" quill diameters. Also, additional bushing sizes are available for a small cost for less common drill press quill sizes.
Chuck Diameter And Distance From Quill:
If your drill chuck is 2.05" - 2.25" in diameter and the distance from the top of your chuck to the quill is less than 1", the debris from forstner bits will likely clog DRILLNADO. Brad point bits and other bit that create smaller wood chips will work fine with drill presses with these parameters. You could choose to replace your existing chuck with a chuck with a smaller diameter (possibly a keyless chuck) or you might consider replacing your morse taper arbor with a longer arbor (a relatively inexpensive alternative).