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Forum topic by MiniMe posted 01-24-2020 05:29 PM 398 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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MiniMe

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01-24-2020 05:29 PM

I think I made a mistake buying this, it was cheaper and it is alright for connections that stay in place but my design assumed I will run PVC pipe up to the midpoint between my tools and from there I will have 2 hoses (4” and 2.5”) that I will move around as needed. Tools and pipe aligned along the same wall
Besides the fact that this design introduces 180 degrees turns sometime as the hose needs to go back to reach the table saw , the hose is also very rigid and difficult to move.
I guess I will have to spend $50 more to buy the very flexible one (polyurethane) but I thought I would ask before spending the money

I can probably reuse the 4” to vent outside and the 2.5” to permanently connect the small tools


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#1 posted 01-24-2020 05:36 PM

You can temporarily soften PVC with heat, but you will only maintain that flexibility while it is warm. You need to buy the correct hose.

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#2 posted 01-24-2020 08:40 PM

180 degree turns?

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#3 posted 01-24-2020 09:28 PM

Show it a picture of my ex-wife…

I have found that pool hose is a cheap alternative (can come in 25m and 50m)... discount sales.


...I guess I will have to spend $50 more…
- MiniMe

If you costed your time, you’ll probably find you’ve spent more than $50 in trying to solve your $50 saving!

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#4 posted 01-24-2020 11:27 PM



Show it a picture of my ex-wife…

I have found that pool hose is a cheap alternative (can come in 25m and 50m)... discount sales.

...I guess I will have to spend $50 more…
- MiniMe

If you costed your time, you ll probably find you ve spent more than $50 in trying to solve your $50 saving!

- LittleBlackDuck


what is the ID?

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LittleBlackDuck

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#5 posted 01-24-2020 11:53 PM

I presume you mean the pool hose and not the ex…

It is advertised as 2 1/2” or in real measurements 63mm… Nevertheless no 2.5” hose fits another brands’ 2.5” hose/outlet.
I make extensive use of green 3D printed couplers (red circled in the picture… other couplers in workshop are red arrowed) as required. Hose cut to 5m…

Before that, I used heaps of duct tape!

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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MiniMe

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#6 posted 01-24-2020 11:58 PM

I am tempted to buy a 3D printer too ..what brand do you have ? Or you just pay for printing?

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#7 posted 01-25-2020 12:37 AM

I actually have 2… A UP Plus 2 and a UP Box. Bear in mind they are Aust$...

I bought the UP Plus 2 at the Melbourne wood show about 7 years ago. I knew nothing about 3D printing, however, I immediately made a connection with 3D printing for jigs, connectors and general workshop use. Then I upgraded to the Box about 5 years ago when it was released… it had a much bigger bed size, however, I’ve only printed about 3 or 4 things that were bigger than the Plus 2 capacity.

If you are mechanically/electronically minded, you can build one up for around $500 with a much bigger capacity than mine. I believe there are heaps of plans/instructions on the internet for them.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#8 posted 01-25-2020 03:19 AM



I actually have 2… A UP Plus 2 and a UP Box. Bear in mind they are Aust$...

I bought the UP Plus 2 at the Melbourne wood show about 7 years ago. I knew nothing about 3D printing, however, I immediately made a connection with 3D printing for jigs, connectors and general workshop use. Then I upgraded to the Box about 5 years ago when it was released… it had a much bigger bed size, however, I ve only printed about 3 or 4 things that were bigger than the Plus 2 capacity.

If you are mechanically/electronically minded, you can build one up for around $500 with a much bigger capacity than mine. I believe there are heaps of plans/instructions on the internet for them.

- LittleBlackDuck


CAD=~AUD
Cool printer
I am not going to spend 3000CAD on a printer …my wife will kill me
I can’t explain the economics for buying that not even to myself ….

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#9 posted 01-25-2020 03:29 AM



... I can t explain the economics for buying that not even to myself ….
- MiniMe

Can’t comment about your set-up at home, however, if there is any objection to my spending on tools, I just walk the missus to her wardrobe and shoe rack and kindly remind her that at least my tools earn/save money.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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