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altendky

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556 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: shop vac dust collection hose question

I just built a ‘Thien’ dust separator bucket so i need another segment of hose. I could just go back to Home Depot and buy the replacement hose, but it’s smaller diameter (I think) and it seems likely that there are cheaper and/or better options. As I look around there seem to be some options but not near as many as I expected. I was hoping for clear hose, expandable without much spring-back, and swivel 2.25” ends. Basically:

http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?page=22152

But is an out of stock item really the only option? Is my mistake that I thought the ‘shop vac standard’ would somehow be easy to find stuff for? If I had a ‘real’ shop rather than part of a one car garage I would look into ‘real’ dust collection but for now I plan to stick with my shop vac (and dust mask).

I just feel like I’m missing something here. Any recommendations for hoses in a small shop vac shop? Thanks for your time and have a great weekend.

Cheers,
-kyle


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johnstoneb

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#1 posted 556 days ago

The problem is there isn’t really a shop vac standard. some shop vacs use a 2 1/4” hose and some a 2 1/2”. Most dust collectors are 4” with adapters to 2 1/2”. finding a 2 1/4 hose other than Lowes or home depot might be difficult.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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gfadvm

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#2 posted 555 days ago

I read a thread on here once that recommended swimming pool supply stores as a source of what you are looking for.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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Grandpa

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#3 posted 555 days ago

ACE hardware has or can get it if you have one nearby. They don’t charge for shipping if you order it. They deliver weekly. I don’t work there but do shop there.

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SignWave

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#4 posted 555 days ago

I have the home depot orange hose for my ridgid vacuum, which is indeed smaller diameter but also much more durable than the original one. It works fine, but it does clog more often than the one that came with the vacuum. At the time I got it, HD also sold one that looks like an identical copy of the original. It worked well, but wasn’t durable. I wish I could get the orange one with a larger diameter. That would be about perfect.

I also have the rockler version that I got on sale, It’s well made, but it wants to compress when I use it. That means that if I’m using the shop vac on wheels, the vacuum will get pulled toward me. If the wheels get stuck on something, it will tip the vacuum over. I wouldn’t recommend the 2.5” version with a shop vac for this reason. It’s strange because I have the 4” version on my HF dust collector and it works fine.

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#5 posted 555 days ago

I just received my box of hose attachments/adapters from Woodcraft this week.

I have a Ridgid shopvac and a Dust Deputy. I wanted to have them hooked up, and able to connect to my bandsaw, router table, chopsaw and table saw when in use.

I had to measure inside diameters and outside diameters and read the description of the fittings I ordered VERY carefully. I also ordered a 10’ length of clear hose. I just finished setting everything up today and I’m happy with it.

I too expected the hoses and fittings to be ‘standard’. Little did I know….

My shop vac setup is in my projects, but with the older hose arrangement. I’ve now completely ditched the hose that came with the Ridgid vac. One segment is the hose that came with the Dust Deputy and one is the new Woodcraft one.

Good luck. And measure three times!

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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#6 posted 555 days ago

I use these http://www.grizzly.com/products/2-1-4-x-2-1-2-Quick-Coupler/D4246 to make my own 2.5” hoses. They do not swivel. They screw onto the hose and then fit into a standard shop vac. I’m sure Grizzly also has clear 2.5” hose.

The Rockler expandable hose is really nice. I have it mounted overhead with my shop vac outside the shop, controlled by a remote. I use it for sanders, table saw blade guard, router table fence and general clean up.

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altendky

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#7 posted 554 days ago

Thanks for all the replies.

My Home Depot does have both the 1-7/8 orange ribbed hose and the 2-1/4” fitting black like the original hose. Even the black though is smaller than the original (2-1/4” hose rather than 2-1/2” perhaps? or maybe I’m making it up).

@Sandra: Could you share the particular items you got? Just to make sure. I’ve already measured more than three times. :] Is your hose expandable or not? I’m tending towards not this evening to avoid the tendency to contract in use.

One of the things that gets me is the threaded fittings. If I am imagining the hose correctly those fittings are intended only for particular unidentified types of hose. I could always cut them off but is the OD then right for the ‘other’ types of hose? So frustrating… from the sounds of it they can’t even agree on which direction the hose should spiral.

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#8 posted 554 days ago

I’ll go dig up my receipt and let you know what I bought.

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#9 posted 554 days ago

altendky – here’s links for Grizzly. The first two are hoses (2-1/2” clear and black). The second is an adapter for the 2-1/2 hose and 2-1/4 Shop Vac.

http://www.grizzly.com/products/2-1-2-x-10-Hose/D4212
http://www.grizzly.com/products/2-1-2-x-10-Clear-Hose/D4203
http://www.grizzly.com/products/2-1-4-x-2-1-2-Hose-Adapter/W2046

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#10 posted 554 days ago

Okay, so here it is.

The hose is expandable, but it seems more ‘pliable’ than retractable. I’ve lengthened it a bit, but it doesn’t retract on itself afterward if that makes any sense. I’m sure you could squish it back to a short size if you needed to. I haven’t used it much yet, but I’m pleased with it so far.

This is the hose, Woodcraft item # 127761

At one end of the hose, I put item # 128685 The threads fit inside the hose, and I used electrical tape to secure it. I’m sure a pipe clamp would be better. The business end fits inside the other fittings nicely.

The attachment I needed for my Rikon 10-325 bandsaw had to fit a 4” opening on the saw. I ordered Woodcraft item 154294 and it is a perfect fit:

I ordered another reducer, but now that everything is all set up, I’m confused as to which one I bought and which one I already had on hand.

Hope this helps. I paid 15.99 for shipping to Canada, which isn’t bad.

Good luck,
S

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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gfadvm

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#11 posted 554 days ago

Sandra- You have a bandsaw now. You can cut your own reducers from 3/4” plywood and have fun while saving $! :)

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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Sandra

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#12 posted 554 days ago

Good point Rob, hadn’t even thought of it.

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altendky

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#13 posted 554 days ago

@kdc68 & @sandra: Thanks so much for all the details. Now to look around and mix in some other items before I place an order.

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