Rated 4.1 out of 5 by 17
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by DaveRich Adapter Bushing (vacuum hose to dust collector hood)
I bought the hood knowing there was some options for the mismatched size of the hood and standard 2-1/2" vacuum hoses. I found what I think is a better means to adapt the two - it looks like a factory connection and does not require taping, clamping, etc. The adapter is a rubber cap for sewer pipe, found in the plumbing department (made by 'PlumbQwik' Part No. PQC-102). Cost was $3.30. If you cut out a hole in the closed end to form a bushing, it fills the gap between the dust collector and the hose exactly. It allows for an air tight connection, flexibility in the fitting and you can barely even see it. See the photos for clarity. This really should be provided by Makita with the duct.
December 14, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Lardman363 Found a connector that fits
Just bought this could and the planer. Didn't use it much, but seems to work really good. I also found a connector that fits. It is from a shop vac tug-a-long hose kit. It could probably use one layer of duct tape on the connector to get a real snug fit, but it was nice to be able to quickly pull it off and vacuum up any of little pieces between boards. http://m.homedepot.com/p/RIDGID-7-ft-Tug-A-Long-Wet-Dry-Vacuum-Hose-for-RIDGID-Wet-Dry-Vacuums-VT1720/202077240?cm_mmc=SEM%7CTHD%7CG%7C0%7CG-VF-PLA%7C&gclid=Cj0KEQiAqK-zBRC2zaXc8MOiwfIBEiQAXPHrXutAkhDDMM8U6wTleHNKcU9F1xJ-M4xOFLYp74CrxSAaAvrZ8P8HAQ&gclsrc=aw.ds
December 12, 2015
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Cyclemadness Gets rid of 95% of the dust.
Well, it directs the dust to the side as it should and I'm glad I got it. The only puzzling thing this the port size. It doesn't match any conventional dust removal system. Almost like Makita hired an engineer who's never done woodworking AND EVERYONE in the approval process has never done woodworking. So, as you can see in the photo, I found a dyer duct and used screw clamps. For the other end, I had an extra length of the Rigid shop vac connector tubes. I cut the end off, wrapped a shop towel around it and clamped it. So it works now. Fortunately I was able to find a solution quickly, but annoyed I had to spend extra money unnecessarily.
April 2, 2014
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Smokeycat Curious design
Besides the oft mentioned hose size issue, I find it annoying that the discharge is to the same side as the height adjustment crank. When choosing which side to work from, you either have to trip over the dust collection hose or else reach across the planer to use the crank. I've dealt with this for several years, but I think I am going to have a custom hood made by a local sheet metal shop to correct the two shortcomings. The hood does do a good job of collecting shavings, but that may be contingent on having an adequate dust collector.
March 12, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by JOSE050515 Dust exhaust is 3"
The dust collector exhaust is 3". I bought a 3" to 2-1/2" converter and they are same dimension, i.e. both has same external dimension and cannot connect to each other
May 6, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by iboughtaplaner no complaints
fits on easily and so far no clogging with chips. a lot of people seem upset that it doesn't fit a standard hose on a dust collector. i don't have any issue. yes, the sizes are not a match, however, i just slip my dc hose over the exhaust port on this, secure with a piece of twine, and what do you know, it works just fine.
December 19, 2014
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by frank dust extractor review
Poor review because it doesn't seal the exit, forces dust and shavings to fly out the entrance, prevents the exit side shelf from folding up and has an unusually large diameter vacuum attachment port that doesn't fit common shop vacs. It's rugged though, so that bumps it up by 1 star.
August 19, 2014
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by nld2 Warning! Poorly designed!
The dust collection hood has an outside/inside diameter that doesn't match standard dust hoses! Too small for 4" and too large for 2 1/2" hoses! You'll need to build a custom connection to attach the hood to your dust system. Once done, the hood does contain chips and these are readily collected but the design is unnecessarily complicated! Other than having a sheet metal shop build a custom hood, this was the only product I found for this planer.
June 10, 2014