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#1 posted 07-11-2013 10:39 PM

Your planer may not work well with a dust collector. Mine works better with a large shop vac, or just roll it outside and clean up afterwards with the leaf blower.

The HF collector does its best work with a 4” and a 2-1/2” port connected at the same time. The fan inlet is 5” diameter and the cross section area of those two lines are almost equal to the fan inlet.

I have the Sears twin (21833) of the Ridgid 4512 since about a year before they started selling the Ridgid model, but I don’t think they have changed anything but the paint color. And I find the HF collector works well with this saw on a 4” flex connection to the port on the bottom of the cabinet. You can use the 2-1/2” connection on a flex hose to a crosscut sled if you build one. Otherwise, when you use a sled the bottom connection does not have any air flow from the top of the sled.

I also have a Rikon 10” bandsaw that has a 2-1/2” dust port so sometimes I have it connected to the smaller flex.
This flex is also switched over to my belt/disk sander sometimes.

The 4” hose is sometimes switched over to my jointer.

Bottom line, although I designed and installed a PVC system, I think the DC works just as well rolled around and hooked up to whatever I’m working with at any given time with a short section of flex hose.

I’m selling my current home and farm and moving into town. I already have a new shop designed and I located the DC in the middle next to my TS, BS, and sander. Don’t plan to waste any time or money on a rigid pipe system.

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