Getting zapped when running my planer

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Forum topic by sawdustjunkie posted 05-20-2015 04:40 AM 849 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-20-2015 04:40 AM

I have a Rockler flex hose connected to my dust collector.
Every time I have it hooked to my planer, I get zapped.

How do I hook up a ground on the flex hose? I called Rockler and they have no idea.
Any help would be appreciated.

-- Steve: Franklin, WI

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#1 posted 05-20-2015 04:55 AM

Maybe some aluminum duct tape wrapped around the hose and a ground strap bonded to that? Pretty redneck I know, but it might work.

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#2 posted 05-20-2015 05:37 AM

Which hose are you talking about. Rockler has several different ones. Rockler does sell grounding kits. Take a look at those.
If you have one of the hoses with a wire in it, you can attach a ground wire to it at the vac side and then ground it somewhere. If you have a non wire hose, wrapping a exposed wire around it a couple times and then grounding it somehow from the vac side should help with the static electricity.

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#3 posted 05-20-2015 12:19 PM

Static electricity. I’ll bet the humidity is pretty low up there, no?

Wrap some bare wire around the duct and ground it to your machine.

I got a static shock from my metal blast gate on so I just grounded all of them.

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#4 posted 05-20-2015 04:56 PM

have the Rockler flex hose with the wire running thru it.
I’ll try the ideas you have suggested.
It’s funny that my Rockler dealer has no idea on how to ground the hose they sell.

-- Steve: Franklin, WI

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#5 posted 05-20-2015 05:11 PM

Check out this clip from DownToEarthWoodWoodworking:

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#6 posted 05-20-2015 06:10 PM

I have the Rockler Dust Right flex hose and the same thing happened to me. I just connected the wire in the hose, on the DC side, to a piece of metal on the DC motor. Problem solved.

I just used a short length of wire from the motor to the hose and connected it with a wire nut so it’a easy to take apart when I empty the DC.

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