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Forum topic by BGerrits posted 02-23-2011 01:51 AM 1777 views 1 time favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-23-2011 01:51 AM

I bought a Craftsman 20 gal 6.5hp peak wetdry vac. Its got a pretty big hose (2.5”dia i think). Is this rig suitable for also attatching to various wood tools? Do they make other hose accesories to adapt to the smaller wood tool attatchments?

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#1 posted 02-23-2011 01:55 AM

It’ll work.

It’ll be LOUD.

It won’t work as well as a dust collector.

You can get 2-1/2” > 1-1/4” adaptors, for things like a router.

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#2 posted 02-23-2011 02:04 AM

That’s what I use.
I take the 2.5” hose to each tool that I use.
I have to wear ear defenders as it is very loud.
I built a dust separator because the filter in the shop vac will get plugged quickly with the dust.
As mentioned above, adapters are available for almost all tools.
Good luck.

-- Close to Ottawa Ontario Canada

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#3 posted 02-23-2011 02:15 AM

How did you build the dust separator?

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#4 posted 02-23-2011 02:40 AM

BGerrits: you might want to double check the diameter of your vac hose, I have a Craftsman 5hp model and it came with a 2 1/4” hose. My wife got me one of the Dust Deputy Cyclones a Clean Stream filter for Christmas and it works very well at keeping the chips out of the vac and the dust out of the air. I was able to pick up a 2 1/2” to 2 1/4” adaptor from Peachtree for about $4.

If you want to DIY a cyclone separator check out the LJ posts on Thein Separators , they’re pretty popular and seem to work well.

Hmm 3 links in one post…a new personal best :-)

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#5 posted 02-23-2011 02:40 AM

BG .. google Thein seperator .. at least thats how i think its spelled. I have the same vac as you and hav been meaning to build a sperator for it but havent got around to it just yet. I know my vac gets pretty well plugged up about once a month and i end up taking the filter out and kicking it around the yard.

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#6 posted 02-23-2011 04:11 AM

I use a similar shop vac for routing and sanding. It does an acceptable job keeping the dust down for those tasks, particularly sanding. Keep the filters clean. Adapting the hose to each tool is a chore you’ll learn to hate, but it has to be done. I’m still searching for the holy grail of vacuum adapters. Also, as NBeener & pauljp suggested, plan to use some ear protection.

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#7 posted 02-23-2011 05:04 AM

The Craftsman hoses aren’t very flexible. The vacs work good on screaming
lunchbox planers, which are insanely loud anyway so you’d be loony or
deaf already not to use earplugs.

I got a Kobalt wall vac and it’s a lot quieter than a howling Craftsman
(which I have too, so I know). The Kobalt is much more tolerable
for hooking up to sanders, which aren’t particularly loud. It also won’t
pick up nails, so it’s notably weaker than a Craftsman shop-vac, but
totally adequate for dust collection at the tool and general cleanup.

I bought a Bosch 36mm hose and it’s identical to a Festool hose as far
as I can tell. Such a hose will fit many Bosch and Festool tools and
is flexible enough for relatively ease of use with handheld power tools.
Should fit many other sanders too as well as biscuit joiners. Such a
hose will fit your craftsman vac.

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#8 posted 02-23-2011 05:33 AM

i might add to these posts the foot out of a pair of pantie hose slid over the filter will help with cleaning the filter!! the slicker the hose the better. and when you shut off the vac the dust falls down !!!

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