Dust Collector piping - sono tube?

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Forum topic by Dabcan posted 08-18-2013 06:20 PM 2154 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-18-2013 06:20 PM

Topic tags/keywords: dust collector dust pipe sono tube pvc

So I’m hooking up my new dust collector and after much reading it seems apparent that 6” pipe would be best. Local availability of heavy guage metal ducts seems non existent, as does pvc. So while at Home Depot the other day I noticed 6” Sono Tubes for about $8 each. I only need about 15 feet of pipe at the most, and they seem very strong, and I’m sure I could make a pvc “Y” attach with not much work.

Am I missing something here or could this be an ok idea? I plan on running my pipe along the floor as it will be out of the way.

-- @craftcollectif ,,

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#1 posted 08-18-2013 08:38 PM

I’ve never tried it, so this is speculation. You would need to come up with a plan to join them together. That wouldn’t be too tough I guess, but I would think the weight of the things would be a bit to handle while hanging them (if they are to be hung). The last thing that occurred to me is the resistance to flow of the interior walls of them (it’s a cardboard like material isn’t it?) may be a problem, but maybe not over 15’. Let me mention: 24 (and maybe 26) gauge of snap lock should be easy to find, and will work. I would think that same HD would have it. Oh, if you go with the Sono Tube, you might be able to ind a 6” PVC saddle wye (or even a metal one) that would fit on it for your wyes. Good luck with your endeavor.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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#2 posted 08-18-2013 09:38 PM

The bigger question is whether you have a powerful enough DC to even need 6” pipe. If you have a 12” or less impeller then 4” will do just fine. A lot of the manufacture CFM ratings are way over inflated and a lot of them are not possible. If a clearvue with a 5hp and 15” impeller only pulls like 1450 CFM then how is it possible for a grizzly with a 2hp and 12” or 13” impeller to pull 1600-1700 CFM. Someone is exaggerating their figures, it’s just logic. If you oversize the pipe then the airspeed will be too slow, and you will end up with junk in the pipe.

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#3 posted 08-18-2013 11:59 PM

The borgs don’t stock heavy gauge galvanized steel snaplock duct, so I got most of mine from a local HVAC supplier. I had to get all of my wyes from Oneida to have the right configuration – they’re reversed from HVAC wyes. I never considered anything but galvanized steel pipe.

-- Bill, Thomasville, GA

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