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Forum topic by JesseTutt posted 01-25-2013 05:45 PM 1113 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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JesseTutt

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01-25-2013 05:45 PM

Topic tags/keywords: dust collection dust collection hose fazlok

I got the monthly Rockler sales flyer and noticed that they have their “4 Dust Right Expandable Hose sale. I like the idea of the hose compressing back to 3’ for storage. But, I have read mixed reviews where some said that the hose was too heavy to stay hooked onto the tool and that the hose split.

Currently I have 20 feet of black hose that I drag around the shop to whatever machine I plan on using. The end is terminated with a cone shaped fitting that uses friction to fit onto the dust port of a tool. I find that the hose is not very flexible and is always in the way when not in use or when I don’t need the entire length.

I am planning to switch to the Fazlok.

I have a couple of questions about the Rockler hose:

1. It looks like it comes with end fitting with a handle, can that be removed?
2. Does it really collapse back to 3’ long and if so how do you do it?
3. Any problems with the hose splitting?
4. Will the hose stay connected if I am using the friction fit connections (before I buy the Fazlok)?

-- Jesse, Saint Louis, Missouri


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syenefarmer

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#1 posted 01-25-2013 05:56 PM

My opinion of it is that if it doesn’t self compress when unhooked from a machine it would be more trouble than it’s worth. On the other hand, if it does self compress then it might just be real handy.

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#2 posted 01-25-2013 07:04 PM

Jesse,

I have the Rockler expandable hose and, in general, I’m pretty happy with it. I’ve had it for about 18 months and haven’t had any problems with the hose. To answer your questions:

1. Yes, the end fitting can be removed.
2. No it doesn’t really collapse back to 3’ long. Well, you can if you take the time to push it into place. I don’t I just let it lay on the floor.
3. I haven’t had any splits. However I can see some wear near the end of the hose where it attaches to the tool. I think it’s caused by my planer, a DW 735. The DC connection to the planer is situated in such a way that the board rubs against the hose as it exits the planer. I plan to rig up something to hold the hose up away from the board and that should solve the problem.
4. Yes. I use the quick connect devices that Rockler sells and they work fine.

One thing to watch out for is the length of hose you buy. I have a 15’ x 19’ shop. I bought the 20’ hose thinking it would be fine. However, getting it to stretch all the way across the long dimension of the shop is very difficult. I’d advise taking the hose length with a grain of salt.

-- The best thing online is a fish

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Don Niermann

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#3 posted 01-25-2013 07:18 PM

Had one for several years and no problems. Its usual place is on the floor and has no holes or splits

-- WOOD/DON (...one has the right to ones opinion but not the right to ones own facts...)

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#4 posted 01-25-2013 07:28 PM

I have a couple of the 10’ sections and have no problems with them. It definitely will not crunch back down to 3’ (easily) if thats one of the main selling points for you.

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#5 posted 01-25-2013 09:16 PM

I’ve been using mine (20’) for a year and a half. It’ll compress back pretty easily if the whole length in on the floor and you give it a nudge or two. I have mine coming off a solid pipe around four feet from the floor so it won’t ‘pull’ itself up that high.

I have no splits or holes.

I have a powerful suction and when I turn on the vacuum it compresses pretty tightly. In fact, it pulled the coupler right off my table saw!

The only problem with the Dust Right system is that you end up having to buy they’re coupler for each machine you want to be able to ‘quick’ connect to…

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