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Forum topic by Padre posted 12-15-2008 01:56 AM 1470 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-15-2008 01:56 AM

Can anyone tell me if there is a big difference between a 4” outlet floor sweep and a 6” outlet floor sweep (other than 2” lol)?

And if the 6” would be better, where can they be found? I googled it and came up with zip.


-- Chip ----------- 6:8

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#1 posted 12-15-2008 02:54 AM

I think you will need to match the outlet to your dust collection hose or get an adapter to make the connection.

If I am not mistaken, the inch dimension refers to the hose diameter that the sweep chute attaches to.

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#2 posted 12-15-2008 02:56 AM

I have the Clear Vue Cyclone system with 6” piping.

-- Chip ----------- 6:8

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#3 posted 12-15-2008 06:08 AM

Make one out of a register vent. Take a stroll thru the haeting isle at the borg and you will see several that will work for your needs. It may need a little mod.

-- Owner of custom millwork shop

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#4 posted 12-15-2008 07:16 AM

6” pipe would be much better if you have system to handle it. Like Al said, use a 90 degree sheet metal floor register 6” round to rectangular. I put 2 in my shop and trimmed them with wood so as to protect from the sharp metal edges. Make sure you install gates. It is very simple.

-- Oldworld, Fair Oaks, Ca

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#5 posted 12-15-2008 05:16 PM

Bigger is better if you have the power to handle it. The heating vent registers should work good for you – inexpensive and easy to make.

-- Those that say it can't be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.

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#6 posted 12-15-2008 05:29 PM

Everything depends on power and cfm. The larger hose will give you the volume and the smaller hose will give more velocity,(suck power). Both hoses will need a prechamber to catch the chucks so they don’t go through the fan cage of your vacuum and damage it.

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#7 posted 12-15-2008 05:42 PM

I’m the odd man out on this one.
I was going to put a floor sweep in when I realised that I always seem to have odd bits of metal ( screws, bolts washers etc.) hiding in the sawdust.
I find it’s just as easy to sweep the floor debris into a large dustpan.
I could change my mind later but right now this is faster and gives me a chance to scan the dust with a magnet to prevent hauling metal into the pipes.
You have to push the stuff to the floor sweep too which is not always as convenient as just sweeping it up at the site.


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#8 posted 12-15-2008 07:21 PM

The heat vent registers sound like a good idea. You could also put some of the really strong neodymium rare earth magnets on the register. These magnets are really incredible. I am using them on most of my tools to hold the adjustment tools, hex wrenches, etc. and they really, really hold. You can get them online for very reasonable prices, I get mine here.

They hold so well that if you get your skin between two of them as they come together, you get one heck of a pinch! I have 2 large ones on the bottom of my motorcycle and I have no more problems waiting at red lights. I think after my surgery I am going to try the register/magnet combo and see how it works. I do a review on it, but it won’t be until some time in January.

Thank you all for your wonderful input. It really, really helps.

-- Chip ----------- 6:8

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#9 posted 12-15-2008 07:45 PM

I’m with Bob #2. I always use a dustpan so that I know exactly what I am throwing away.

If you do decide to go with a floor sweep, put magnets around the edges to catch any steel.
Won’t help with aluminum though.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#10 posted 12-16-2008 07:13 AM

I’ve thought about puting in a floor sweep, but my shop is also a garage that we park our vehicles in. Even though I do now own a cyclone DC the thought of running small rocks or pebbles that get drug in from the alley in the tires just doesn’t sound too appealing to me, plus other things as others have mentioned. I still use the dust pan.

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#11 posted 12-16-2008 08:57 PM

I’m with Bob #2. Even though a dust collector sucks air through a hose, it is not a shop vac. Small pieces of metal could hit your fan or housing at a high velocity. One little spark could cause havoc under certain conditions. Always keep Murphy’s Law under consideration.

I “bit the bullet” and purchased a Fein Turbo II shop vac. Wow! What a great tool. You can even connect it to your hand orbital sander and suck up dust before it has a chance to get airborne.

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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