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#1 posted 04-23-2010 05:13 AM

I would go with the PVC. The debate is never ending about PVC, but most reviews and blogs I have read said there is minimal danger using PVC. You can install grounding wire (found in most wood working catalogs) in the system an a minimal price if you are concerned. As Gerry said, the S&D is relatively inexpensive, flexible to design and install, and can be found at most home improvement and plumbing stores. When I priced the metal piping, it was way out of my price range. The hard part will be finding adapters to go from the 6” PVC to your typical 4” and 2-1/2” tools. You can use 6” to 4” PVC reducing couplers there, but that is where my troubles started.

I have a 4” system found it very frustrating going from the PVC to the typical plastic dust collection couplers most wood working stores carry as the so called adapters don’t really fit into the PVC. I wrote a blog on it a while back and have since gutted some of my initial installation and redesigned it. I also have a couple of links to some shops that did it right.

My best advice though is to design your piping system in advance with as accurate of measurements you can get. This will help you not only price it out but save on a lot of runs to the plumbing supplier, local wood working store or catalog for all those parts you didn’t realize you needed.

-- Jim, SE Tennessee, "Don't spare the kindling Dear, we have plenty"

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