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#1 posted 08-16-2013 02:16 AM

I think I have the same DC as you, the one with the canister filter on top? I ran my shop with 4 inch pvc pipe. I left the 3 way way on and hooked the DC to 6 tools. It has worked great for two years now. Even through the 4 inch pipe it pulls all the chips from my grizzly saw all the way across my shop. I know there will be people that tell you that you have to use 6 inch pipe, but I didn’t and it has worked for me. Running the pipes out right and running them smartly will do more good than spending more money for the 6 inch. The 4 inch stuff will run you about 1/5 the cost of 6 inch by the way.

I have never had any static shocks with the system, although it does make some static electricity. If it is running and you are right next to a pipe the hair on your arm will raise up.

It is impossible to ground pvc pipe, so don’t even try it. I don’t know how this tale got started, but you can’t ground an insulator.

Do yourself a favor and turn that handle on top of the machine twice a day. I didn’t do that for a while and I must have cleaned 30 lbs of dust out of the filter! It will amaze you how much dust it will hold.

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