I saw a tweet the other day, from the Woodworking Network (@WoodworkingBiz), about a new drill press dust collection system call the Drillnado. While most drill press dust collection systems attach to the table, the Drillnado attaches to the quill, surrounding the chuck and mot of the bit. This allows it to suck up chips, dust, and debris right where it’s created.
The Drillnado attaches directly to a 2.5″ or 2.25″ wet/dry vacuum or dust extractor hose, or you can use an adapter for use with a 4″ dust collector. The Drillnado’s main component is a collapsible tube that attaches to drill press quills with a collar made from glass-filled nylon. Using the right adapter allows the Drillnado to attach to drill press quills up to 2.6″ in diameter.
Out of the box, the Drillnado can be attached to drill press quills 2.6”, 2.54”, 2.16”, 2.05”, and 1.57” in diameter. There are a couple of additional quill adapters available separately.
You should only use the Drillnado for drilling wood products, but you might be able to possibly use it for certain plastics as well. The Drillnado website warns you not to use the dust collection product with metal shavings because of the risk of fire in the dust collection system or vacuum.
In their list of limitations, Drillnado says that large drill bits, such s forstner drill bits 1-1/2″ or larger, will likely clog the system.
Whether the Drillnado is an improvement over other drill press dust collection systems depends on a few factors:
How effective is the Drillnado in removing debris?
According to Drillnado, “Because Drillnado surrounds the drill chuck and drill bit, it collects nearly all of the drilling debris and dust.” Trial and error is really going to be the only way to gauge how effective it’ll be on your particular setup.
Does it get in the way when you are changing bits?
To access the chuck, you collapse the expandable housing and snap it out of the quill collar. When you’ve changed the bit the collapsible housing snaps back into place.
Does it have to be removed for some operations?
The standard opening is 1″ wide, and you can cut shoulders off the housing to open it up to 1.75″ or 3.125″. Otherwise, the expandable housing can be removed while leaving but the top quill collar in place. So if there’s an operation you don’t want the Drillnado in place for, you can remove it without uninstalling it.
Price: $40 for the kit
In case you damage the expandable Drillnado housing, a replacement (or spare) can be purchased for just $8.
The way the Drillnado website is designed, it’s impossible to tell what the shipping costs will be, short of actually completing the checkout process.
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Watch their video to see the Drillnado in action: