A couple of weeks ago I ordered a 2-1/2” universal port that I had hoped to use on the backside of the Delta 36-510 Bench Saw. With that beast being parked indefinitely due to a bad armature bearing, I can now use it for it’s original intent: a dust collection port for the yet-to-be-finished base for the Skilsaw 3410-02 that I started over a month ago. Along with the port I ordered a 10’ length of wire reinforced 2-1/2” dust collection hose. The hose was suppose to be the input and output hose to the Dust Deputy Cyclone I had mounted on a 5 gal. bucket. It would connect to either the 6 peak h.p. 16 gal. Sears Wet/Dry Vac or the smaller, more compact and newly acquired Shop Vac that fits on a dolly I made for this purpose. The latter can accept a finer particle bag and already uses a HEPA filter inside. The Sears is too old and wasn’t designed for either.
All of this should have worked. It didn’t .The ordered hose has a much larger internal diameter than the widest outer diameter on the Dust Deputy’s ports. A call to Rockler tech support ended up lasting over 30 minutes and ended with my thanks and a no thanks to a cob-job solution that would have cost me as must as the hose did. The answer, ironically, came from our local Lowe’s in the form of a new Shop Vac hose and extension set. The two cost more than the other hose, but they solved the connectivity problem with the Dust Deputy, and the extension pack allowed for the connection of the two hoses together as well as giving a connection point for the Rockler hose and some of my equipment. In effect, I really didn’t need the reinforced Rocker hose. At least I can still use it in my setup. Here you can see the finished collection system with the extension tube connecting the new Shop Vac hose with the old Sears hose and its associated vacuuming accessory:
Before taking this picture I used it to vacuum up the fine broken up concrete particles. I tried this once before with my previous attempt at making my own dust collector using PVC ends. No smell of concrete or dungeon this time around. After a few minutes I did start to feel a scratchiness in the throat, which is still bothering me right now. I can’t say that I am surprised, and I am only slightly disappointed. The system was designed for sawdust collection, not concrete dust. The floor has to be cleaned before I can setup down there. As efficient as this system is I am fine with needing to wear a mask whenever I do the floor.
The second picture shows how much pallet wood I have to put away before I can bring down the 3’x6’ bench from the second floor back room. The good news is that I was successful in relocating the 13 cu. ft. chest freezer to another wall and that will give me that side of the coal bin area to build a lumber rack. You can also see why I need to build the base for the Skilsaw. A very convenient foldable base for on-site use. Terrible for indoor use.
-- -- Paul Bucalo, Norwich NY USA