Keep in mind, this is an ALTERNATIVE and works better than gates, in many instances.
My sanders are up against a wall. Other pieces of equipment are back to back, so, other issues aside, opening and closing a gate at the pieces of equipment is impractical.
Switching is done at the cyclone, or at the collector, depending on which one of the three collectors is being taxed.
Like most people's, my collectors are in the shop, so going to Cambodia to switch the hoses at the unit isn't necessary. Too, keep in mind, most of us are not running borderline commercial units [or better] with eight or ten inch lines branching to smaller lines (I sold my big cyclone because they are not engineered to be turned off and on repeatedly, and I no longer depend on my shop for a living, so my collectors get turned off and on several times a day).
As an example of the use of my three horse, it sits to your back, when standing at the jointer, which is to the right side of the cabinet saw. A six inch line goes from it, overhead, to the cyclone. At the cyclone are the terminations for the two lines to the saw, a line to the jointer, a line for the lathe, a line for the sanding station and one for the planer. I can swap hoses in the same time you can close one gate and open another. (I just use simple, plastic terminations on the end of each hose and they just press on).
To use gates REQUIRES Y's, each of which compromises efficiency. Of course, the gates contribute to some degree or other too. As I stated before, I used a single line and Y's, as is standard. Obviously, a gate had to be installed at each Y (not at the equipment). The farther the system progressed, the more the efficiency dropped. Installing [smaller] spiral piping would have improved performance, but come on, it's a real world out there and my money tree got chopped down, others never grew one.
The improvement difference is enough I vacuum the floor [in about 1/25th the time a standard vacuum would (give or take a bunch of tenths).
P.S. I have one plastic gate, but have never used it, so was unaware they were bad choices for the reason stated. I bought all metal ones because I wanted mileage.
The reason I have what you want is, I never lent it out before.
Scraps are a myth.
Last edited by Dejure; 01-18-2016 at 09:32 PM.