When I started lay-out of my shop I decided to start with a 6.5hp Shop-Vac and a Vortex add-on.
They work very well, way better than I ever expected.
I ran 2 1/2” clear hose with elbows, T’s, Y’s and blast gates for all machines.
My shop is small so it still has good suction even 20 ft. away.
I also have a inlet for a hose, w/blast gate, that I use for my orbital sander and connect to the Planer, Slot Mortiser, and also “clean” clean-up from the floor.
I try to use my other Vac for shop cleaning, I like to keep the “system” clean from dirt and floor type objects.
So…I was having a MAJOR issue with shavings and debris getting hung in the copper wire, ALL the time, crazy frustrating.
I took it all out and caulked the holes.
Now, my blast Gates close all the way, I don’t get clogs; the jointer is another issue, I believe a jointer NEEDS a 4” suction, just doesn’t suffice on a 2 1/2” system. I keep the door with the hose and blast gate located at the jointer easy to open, and sometimes just let it flow out on the floor, it’s not dusty, just shavings, and easier to vac later.
The planer is no problem with the 2 1/2” hose, it sucks it ALL up always.
I have had good luck with this economy system, it was cheaper than a full DC, and it works, thanks to Vortex from Rockler, and a CleanStream filter. THE BEST filter, and you won’t regret the $29.
So, I NEVER had a static problem, and I still don’t, nothing…
I used to get a slight buzz, elect. feel running a sander at a friends shop, he had the metal ducts for DC, no grounding.
I still have all the clamps at the blast gates wired to the machines, but NO wire running through my hose.
-- Steve - Dust sucks!