...and so with our new Dust Collector waiting to be installed, we headed back to the big box store to buy whatever was needed to attach the 4” hose to the 2.5” hole on two machines and the 1.5” hole on another two machines.
Plan A: (where we bought the dust collector) ... “oh we don’t carry that. Try such-and-such store.”
Plan B: well we had originally wanted to go to Busy Bee in London, anyway.. so.. let’s enjoy the sunshine and take the hour drive. “Ah yah.. this set is for a shop vac. Ah.. You can’t really do much with it. A friend of mine had a plumber friend rig his up. And I’ve put a box over my chop saw and kinda used that…(meanwhile there are six dust collector systems sitting behind us, each with a 4” hose attached to them and we are surrouned by tools – including the Bandsaw that we bought from them—with 2.5” dust collection tubes waiting to be connected.) .... Oh.. you still want some of that clear hose?? Clear?? Well.. don’t know if I have any of that” Maybe if you went to Lee Valley.. they have more variety of fittings than we do .. (as we stood beside an array of couplings, clamps, hoses, kits, ... )”.
Plan C: (too frustrated to continue talking to this “customer support” person.. we headed to Lee Valley. Yes, there were some fittings but on the drive over we had decided to just use our collecter as a portable machine and use the one hose that we had purchased at Plan B.
(Plan D: buy the chip carving book I saw at Lee Valley—gotta make the trip worthwhile!!)
We get home and hook up the 4”- 2.5” adaptor and clear hose and attach it to the sander. There. We’ll figure out the 1.5” problem later.
-- ~ Debbie, Canada (http://www.execulink.com/~yohan)