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Karda

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05-06-2018 08:10 PM

Hi. I recently bought a craftsman table saw with a vacuum port, 2 1/2 inche. I want to use my shop vac but it has a 1 1/4 hose. The end is a female end for the wand. The saw port is for 2 1/2 inch hose. I can’t find an adapter for that situation any suggestion Thanks mike


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John Smith

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#1 posted 05-07-2018 11:57 AM

Mike – I have several of the shopvac hose adapters.
if you can’t find one locally, I probably have one that will work for you.

check the Big Box Stores, look in the hardware section where they sell
shopvac supplies and filters. you will see the standard adapter for about $6.00.
even ACE and Wal-Mart carries them.

that adapter also fits the exhaust side of the shopvac. in case you want
to have a long exhaust hose out the window or somewhere away from the machine.
when I was doing home renovations, I was always on the lookout
for the flex hose that pool people used to clean their swimming pools.
then, when doing dusty work such as drywall, I would put the shopvac
outside in the yard and run the hose inside to the worksite and all the dust would
stay outside where it belonged. (good tip to keep in your mind for in-the-home repairs).

-- I am a painter. That's what I do. I paint things --

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ChefHDAN

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#2 posted 05-07-2018 12:26 PM

Karda, FWIW, dust collection is all about the cubic feet per minute (CFM), a bigger hose moves more air and is more effective for collecting the dust. If you’re doing a lot with the TS you may want to consider upgrading your shop vac.

-- I've decided 1 mistake is really 2 opportunities to learn.. learn how to fix it... and learn how to not repeat it

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dhazelton

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#3 posted 05-07-2018 01:33 PM

What ^ said – you should get a bigger shop vac.

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Karda

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#4 posted 05-07-2018 03:25 PM

I have a small shop in my cellar and not a lot of room. I didn’t plan to use the vac for dust collection but thats what I have. Right now i am using it with my band saw and it make a huge difference. I don’t use the TS a lot but I want to contain the mess as much as possible. John The fitting show is what I need but the 1 /14 end need to be female, unless I could find a short piece of hose. thanks

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#5 posted 05-07-2018 03:49 PM

Take your fittings with you to the big box stores. I can usually find some combination of couplers that will make it work. Check the ABS pipe section too.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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Karda

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#6 posted 05-07-2018 04:14 PM

I don’t have fittings to take. can’t get ABS any more at least not around here, been out of code for 40 years maybe more. I may have to get a hose the proper size. don’t want to but that maybe the only fix

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#7 posted 05-07-2018 05:54 PM

Mike – this is what I have that has the female end to the hose and 2-1/2” to machine.
it has the ridge that holds it in the hose – it went to a 15 gallon Craftsman wet/dry vac.
I have a few gadgets saved from curb finds and the shop-vacs I have tossed over the years.
Note: never throw away any adapters !!! (for anything).

the end that fits the hose is not a quick slip fit like the other attachments but
only takes 3 seconds to pull it out of the hose and connect to something else.
if you can’t find the female part you need, send me a PM and you can have this one.

quick question: is the big end threaded ?? or friction fit. (makes a huge difference).
a few of my vac fittings are taped together – and it works – might work for you too
to modify something that will fit your needs.

this adapter has the 1-1/4” male slip end

and this adapter has the 1-1/4” female slip end

an example of making things fit:

it ain’t purdy ~ but it works

I bet you could “modify” this one to fit your wand

.

.

-- I am a painter. That's what I do. I paint things --

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Karda

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#8 posted 05-07-2018 10:14 PM

Thanks for the ideas John, that multi sized adapter might work, or I might get a hose it a larger size is that much better

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Mike_in_STL

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#9 posted 05-07-2018 10:20 PM

Take trip to BORG home store. Lowe’s sells Shop Vac exclusively and so does Menards. If you can’t find an adapter in the vacuum section check out the PVC in plumbing. I’ve used PVC to make many “fittings” for my shop vac and my vacuum cart. PVC becomes moldable with a heat gun or hair dryer on hot.
Here you can see the fitting I made for the floor sweep.

Here you can see where I flared the pipe to accept the hose.

-- Sawdust makes me whole --Mike in STL

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Karda

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#10 posted 05-07-2018 10:40 PM

thanks I’ll try the heat never thought of that

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Mike_in_STL

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#11 posted 05-07-2018 11:06 PM

Don’t get in a hurry, wear gloves, keep the material moving, and buy some extra to play with to develop your skill.

The stuff smells when it gets hot, so it’s probably not good to inhale whatever is coming off of it so do it in a well ventilated area.

Too much heat too soon will discolor the outside and turn it brownish orange, it just looks bad but doesn’t effect the performance.

Too much heat over too long a period will make molding it harder as it wants to sag and move in the wrong places. Ask me how I know.

-- Sawdust makes me whole --Mike in STL

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Karda

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#12 posted 05-08-2018 02:57 AM

Thanks for the warning I have never shaped PVC before except with sand paper. I made a vac fitting for my band saw

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#13 posted 05-08-2018 06:36 AM

I like those multi-size adapters. They’re cleverly designed and seem to fit just about any hose size I’ve encountered.

The heating PVC trick is one I’ve used too. The off-gassing is definitely toxic so heed the previous advice to avoid breathing the fumes. I think it might be chlorine gas.

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