We all know the difficulties of finding the right fittings and designing a system, but here’s a new wrinkle, for me, at least. I picked up a box with two different lengths of 1.5” I.D. pool hose included and the described fittings were missing. This salvage store sold it to me for $3.50. The hose was a perfect fit on 4 shop tools; a 12” Makita miter saw, a Harbor Freight Oscillating Spindle Sander, a Craftsman 4×24” belt sander (seldom used), and a DeWalt ROS.
I am still amazed at the retailers who do not state I.D. and O.D. on their fittings and adapters. Some of the ebay resellers actually do a better job than the “brand” websites.
I live in a rural area and the shipping is often as costly as the fitting so I’m not into $15-$20 to “try” something.
I called one company a couple days ago and was told that their 2-1/2” hose has ends that measure 2-1/4” so they can fit right in to the shop vac they sell. As if it was not already confusing enough without ID and OD specs!
- I have a 1 hp Jet set up with a recently made “top hat” cyclone and 4” line that can move to several machines. It works well on the table saw and has not been tried on the planer, sander, and jointer but the right adapters are installed for quick hook up. I plan to design a large plywood hood that includes a “big gulp” type plastic hood to go just behind the miter saw. The 1-1/2” hose from the saw guard will feed into that system at the rear of the saw. My challenge is getting the 1-1/2” hose to 2-1/4 or 2-1/2 so a Y can be used at the rear of the plywood/ big gulp hood.
Meanwhile, I’ll keep plugging away. Since I have a small DC, I need to be able to move things around easily so set up time is not cumbersome. I do have two shop vacs at my disposal, so collection duties will be split for convenience and efficiency.
If anyone knows of a spreadsheet where other woodworkers have started info on the ID and OD of adapters, fittings, etc. , I’d be glad to get some knowledge and also provide same as I measure everything. – Happy Father’s day to all you dads out there!
-- Like Guy Clark sez - "Sometimes I use my head, Sometimes I get a bigger hammer"