Connecting dust collector to smaller tools

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Forum topic by DrewM posted 06-15-2010 03:13 AM 1306 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-15-2010 03:13 AM

I have been in the process of setting up my shops dust collection system. I have the older HFDC and was wondering how I could connect smaller hand held tools such as a jig saw and orbital sander. It is already setup with blast gates and pvc runs to the table saw and jointer. There is also future connections for the drill press and band saw. I have a central workbench and another against the back wall. I was thinking of running 4” pvc up along one of the rafters and install a ceiling drop. This drop would also be used for the planer and miter saw since they are used on the central workbench. If I could setup some kind of a quick disconnect system that would be great. The planer has a 4” port, the miter saw has a 2.5” and the jig saw and sander have 1.25” ports. Any ideas will be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

-- Drew, Delaware

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#1 posted 06-15-2010 04:05 AM

I have two 4” gates with reducers that let me use a 1-1/4” shop vac hose with my ROS, detail sander, power hand planer, Kreg jig, etc. It makes a lot of difference in the amount of “stuff” I have to clean up.

I also use these ports to connect the 2-1/2” shop vac hose and vacuum attachments. It makes cleanup a fairly simple job.

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#2 posted 06-17-2010 05:46 PM

I use 4” PVC pipe on the bench with the small belt and spindle sanders. I sanded the inside of a 4×2 adapter at an angle to allow a 2.5” blast gate to fit. Then 2.5” hose is easy to connect to the tools. I kept the flexible hoses really short, about 1” max. I will probably rig something with old vacuum cleaner host to work with the ROS sander.

It seems to work great, but I haven’t used it long enough to know if the fine dust will settle in the main 6” trunk line. It seems like sanding dust should need less velocity than planer chips to remain suspended. All the literature talks about needing 4000 FPS velocity to reduce clogs, but there is never any mention about the type of dust.

-- Steve

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