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08-30-2015 11:05 PM

I am getting everything ready to run a dust collection system in my 24’ X 24’ shop. I am looking for 4” clear dust collection pipe. Everything I have found is outrageously expensive. I only want a 3-4 foot long piece. Does anybody know where I can find clear pvc or plexiglass, etc.? Any help would be appreciated.

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#1 posted 08-30-2015 11:37 PM

I used thin wall white PVC from H.D. with strategically placed unglued joints in case of pluggage, none so far!

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#2 posted 08-30-2015 11:41 PM

That stuff is expensive. Here is a piece for about $60 shipped.

That’s a good argument for clear flex tubing.

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#3 posted 08-31-2015 11:28 AM

I am curious, why do you want the pipe to be clear?

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#4 posted 08-31-2015 01:36 PM

I want to be able to verify that the dust collection is not plugged up.

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#5 posted 08-31-2015 01:38 PM

I cut a 4×6 square out of my 55 gal drum and put a piece of plexiglass over it so I can see what’s entering and check to see how full it is. This would only work with a separator, of course.

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#6 posted 08-31-2015 01:43 PM

Good idea. I am going to use a separator. Thanks.

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#7 posted 09-03-2015 05:07 PM

Most guys use the S&D 2729 thin wall plastic for plastic dust piping. The fittings are low cost as is the pipe. Check your local lumber yard. Or plumbing supply.

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#8 posted 09-03-2015 05:46 PM

As stated, pricey!

$45 plus $5 for shipping will get you 3 feet on Amazon (or $16/ft)

How about flexible hose A lot cheaper (10 ft, $35 free ship).

Both options won’t stay clear for long as the dust will stick and ‘fog’ the plastic anyway.

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#9 posted 09-03-2015 06:55 PM



Most guys use the S&D 2729 thin wall plastic for plastic dust piping. The fittings are low cost as is the pipe. Check your local lumber yard. Or plumbing supply.

- buildingmonkey


+1!

Also, Rockler blast gates have a tight fit in 2729 and their clear hose just fits on the end, so you just need a clamp, no adaptor.

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#10 posted 09-05-2015 04:58 AM



Most guys use the S&D 2729 thin wall plastic for plastic dust piping. The fittings are low cost as is the pipe. Check your local lumber yard. Or plumbing supply.

- buildingmonkey

I have already bought the s & d pipe. Saved a bunch of money versus regular PVC. The cost of 4” flexible dust pipe is outrageous. Know wonder everybody is using PVC.

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#11 posted 09-06-2015 07:49 PM

I took the plunge yesterday and bought a Harbor Freight dust collector. Assembly went well (once I stopped using the directions) maybe a an hour to finish. I had exactly the right number of nuts, bolts, and washers. Actually, I had 20-25 extra washers when done. I was doing some test fits with PVC and adapters to 4” dust pipe. I spent 20 minutes scraping off a sticker. Why do companies put those big stickers on that don’t just peel off? Pain in the butt!

Last night I came across a YouTube video “On the cheap dust collector. Thein baffle”. In the video he has figured a way to fabricate a fitting to go between PVC and dust pipe that is really slick using PVC. Check it out.

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#12 posted 09-26-2015 04:13 AM

I bought some of my dust collection parts from Busy Bee Tools and ran across 3 ft of clear 4” tube for $15.99.

http://www.busybeetools.com/products/clear-tube-4in-x-3ft.html

Shipping was from Canada but it was only $25.00 to California for 10 ft of 5” hose and several 5” fittings/clamps so I would imagine it would be quite a bit less for just one plastic pipe depending on where you are

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#13 posted 09-26-2015 10:27 AM

Before you get too far with your project it is generally considered 4” pipe will seriously degrade the performance of your collector. I think you’ll find 6” is the standard recommended for any collector over 800CFM.

Aside from that, you’re never going to clog the pipe so don’t worry about it.

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#14 posted 09-26-2015 03:46 PM



I want to be able to verify that the dust collection is not plugged up.

- jayvansickle

I used 4” white PVC on mine and I have only had it plug up a few times. You don’t have to see if it is plugged up it will just stop flowing and you will know. The only times I have ever had it plug up was when I was planing some softwood like cedar.
Mike

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