Our Shop #3: The Dust Collector

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Blog entry by MsDebbieP posted 03-18-2007 11:34 PM 1680 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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...and so with our new Dust Collector waiting to be installed, we headed back to the big box store to buy whatever was needed to attach the 4” hose to the 2.5” hole on two machines and the 1.5” hole on another two machines.

Plan A: (where we bought the dust collector) ... “oh we don’t carry that. Try such-and-such store.”

Plan B: well we had originally wanted to go to Busy Bee in London, anyway.. so.. let’s enjoy the sunshine and take the hour drive. “Ah yah.. this set is for a shop vac. Ah.. You can’t really do much with it. A friend of mine had a plumber friend rig his up. And I’ve put a box over my chop saw and kinda used that…(meanwhile there are six dust collector systems sitting behind us, each with a 4” hose attached to them and we are surrouned by tools – including the Bandsaw that we bought from them—with 2.5” dust collection tubes waiting to be connected.) .... Oh.. you still want some of that clear hose?? Clear?? Well.. don’t know if I have any of that” Maybe if you went to Lee Valley.. they have more variety of fittings than we do .. (as we stood beside an array of couplings, clamps, hoses, kits, ... )”.

Plan C: (too frustrated to continue talking to this “customer support” person.. we headed to Lee Valley. Yes, there were some fittings but on the drive over we had decided to just use our collecter as a portable machine and use the one hose that we had purchased at Plan B.

(Plan D: buy the chip carving book I saw at Lee Valley—gotta make the trip worthwhile!!)

We get home and hook up the 4”- 2.5” adaptor and clear hose and attach it to the sander. There. We’ll figure out the 1.5” problem later.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#1 posted 03-18-2007 11:40 PM

I think their website is really not that great but it is wonderful to have such a good woodworking shop so close to me ( I can walk in there and they have just about everything and have said they are really working on getting their websites selection up. They are powermatic industrials #1 distributor and literally have every adapter and fitting for dust collection systems made. Please call them if you cannot find what you are looking for.


-- Drew, Pleasant Grove, Utah

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#2 posted 03-18-2007 11:41 PM

AH Life in the workshop.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#3 posted 03-19-2007 12:06 AM

thanks Drew.
I think that the Plan B had everything that we would need—except a person that knew what he was talking about. Lee Valley also had everything. Rick just needs to figure out how he wants to run the hoses.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#4 posted 03-19-2007 04:47 AM

The internet has made it so helpful for woodworkers in so many ways. Just think of all the information we have access to that we wouldn’t of had over 15 years ago. Not to mention online ordering. I’ve ordered so many things off the internet because it ends up saving me a tons of time. Luckily though I have a Woodsmith store only 20 minutes away if the internet isn’t convenient.

-- There are three types of people in the world, those who can count and those who can't!

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#5 posted 03-19-2007 09:51 AM

You could also go to Plan E and make your own adaptors.

All you need is a 4” circle of double thickness chipboard or MDF with a smaller circle cut out in the middle. Slide the circle over the machine outlet and then slide the flexible hose over the circle. Secure with a suitable hose clamp and use duct tape around the machine join.

I have made quite a few of them and never had problems.

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#6 posted 03-19-2007 11:24 AM

Yes – love the internet, although I don’t purchase a lot of stuff from it.

Plan e: good idea!! really good idea.
I’ll pass that along to Rick. (sure sounds easier than the 2 hour drive and dealing with a person who doesn’t know what he’s talking about)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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