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Forum topic by Warren posted 01-25-2012 01:59 PM 971 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-25-2012 01:59 PM

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I been wondering whats the best size of pipe to use for dust collection, my shop is small. Right now Im usiing hoses off of old vacuume cleaners. It seems to work fine but not much suction from the tablesaw I use because the bottom of the machine is all open. The way I have it set up is a different port to each machine all I do is move the vacuume hose to the machine Im running. Thanks for any info, Warren

-- Warren, Cambridge,OH.

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#1 posted 01-25-2012 05:53 PM

Guess that the first question is what kind of vacuum are ya using ( size of the hose)? Second, do you have a contractor style saw (motor hang out the back)?
I used a workshop style vac for years before getting a HF dust collector. The vac did an OK job on smaller machines, but certainly would not extract for a TS. My TS has a collector panel on the bottom with a 4” port that hooks to the large dust collector. It works pretty darned well on my contractor saw. My system is not a fixed piping setup. I move the vac/collector hose to the different machines as needed.
Dust collection is a science unto itself, and can sure make for a better work environment when done well. Good filters for the vac and really good bags for the large dust collector make all the difference.


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#2 posted 01-25-2012 07:12 PM

Depending on the size of your dust collector. Mine takes 4” hose. I run 4” PVC to within 2’ of all my machines. My TS has a 2 1/2” connector so that had to be scaled down from 4”. My BS is 4”, my router is 2” and my jointer and planer and 16-32 drum sander are all 4”. I have blast gates at all machines. Opening and closing as needed.
On my TS, I have blocked the opening in the rear as much as possible, and it does a good job of extracting the dust from there.
I use good plastic flex hose from Woodcraft for most connections from my rigid runs to my machines.

-- My Father was my mentor for my woodworking hobby and knowledge. Luv ya Dad.

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