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01-03-2012 12:24 AM

So… I just got a dust collector machine and purchased the HF dust collector “kit” with 4” hoses, blast gates, clamps, etc. So now, working to attach the 4” hose around the shop. The instructions laughably say I am to “slip” the hose over blast gates, table saw connection, etc. But it won’t “slip” on anything. I struggled over an hour just attaching the hose to a single blast gate – just one side of it! Any tips out there from those with more experience on how to get those hoses just to “slip” over the fittings?

-- JP, Columbia, Mo.


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#1 posted 01-03-2012 01:17 AM

If you can, return that set. It’s junk.

I made my own blast gates, there’s plans for them all over the internet. But you can also buy them for $5 each at woodcraft, etc. The problem is, if you are using 4” PVC ducts, the blast gates don’t fit. That’s why I made my own.

You should use as little of that flex hose as you can. Put your collector in a corner and run 4” PVC ducts to every machine. Get as close to the machine port as you can with the PVC, then attach a blast gate to the PVC end. Now buy some of the 4” flex hose from Woodcraft (which is MUCH better quality) to go from the blast gates to the maching ports, keeping those runs less than 3 feet each.

If you buy the blast gates, the hose will slip right over then end. But you will have to adapt the gate to the 4” PVC. If you Make your blast gates, you can fit the hose inside the out side, and secure it with a drywall screw.

Then use X-Treme tape to seal around all the hose connections. I did a video review on that stuff, it works great. It’s about half way through this video if you want to watch it.

I have a HF collector and have went all through the duct options out there. I can try and answer any questions you have if you like. (I might do a future episode of “Blue Collar Woodworking” on it too…)

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#2 posted 01-03-2012 01:31 AM

Thanks for the great info! I was wondering about that tape – seen it advertised. My plan is to start small and eventually expand just like you say – mostly PVC. Right now, I want to attach it fairly permanently to the table saw, then attach to a second and more “portable” hose designed to move from tool to tool for now. Strictly an amateur and taking my time to expand things.

I’ve already cut one of the hoses, so I don’t think I can take it back, but I did figure out a fix – I snipped the wire at two places, it did “slip” on with some pressure. Not the greatest, but will make it work.

-- JP, Columbia, Mo.

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#3 posted 01-03-2012 01:40 AM

Put a drywall screw through the hose into the blast gate (or pipe). Pre-drill a smaller pilot hole first. That will keep it from yanking off. Then use that X-treme tape (or some other similar stuff- HF sells some too, it’s just pretty narrow, but it’s cheap so it may be worth a try). Sealing all those joints is VITAL, and regular duct tape won’t last.

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#4 posted 01-03-2012 03:15 AM

Great advice on the screw and tape. Even with the clamps, I can see lots of future abuse on the multi-use hose especially. Think I’ll splurge on the real X-treme tape! Thanks for all the help – and will try to tune in on more of the videos.

-- JP, Columbia, Mo.

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