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In another thread I described how I was able to upgrade from a Harbor Freight DC (running through a Dust Deputy) to a Grizzly G0440.

Prior to the upgrade of machine, I basically ran a hose to whatever machine I wanted to use. However, now that I have a "big rig" DC, I want to run ducting in my shop/garage. It isn't a complicated setup, really, but I want to get it "right".

The main input line for the DC is 7". You can buy the 'snap' ducting from Home Depot (et al) which is 30 gauge steele. These run about $12 for a 7"x5' length. The piece parts are also similarly priced.

While the G0440 isn't a monster, per se, I wonder if using cheap ducting like mentioned above isn't a mistake? It is *very* leaky stuff (which, I suppose, I can cover up with LOTS of aluminum tape) and is also quite weak.

I've looked around at various options for the "spiral" pipe (a step up in strength and air permeability) for at least the main runs. 22 gauge industrial grade spiral piping is $44 per 7"x5' length, but there is a 26 gauge hobbyist grade option (see airhand.com) that puts it at 31.75 per 7"x5' length. Yes, its spendy, but in reality will only cost about another $120-$150 over the "cheap stuff" to do my shop.

Does anyone out there have knowledge of such things to steer me into the right direction?

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I taped the seams and joints with mine and it works fine. I really don't think very minor leaks are a big issue anyway. There really isn't a lot of suction power with most DCs. They work by moving a lot of air and floating the debris on that air column. For example, if you have a 6" diameter main run and you tee off to a 2.5" line for a router table you will most likely get better results if you open a blast gate farther up the main run and let more air in. The 2.5" tee may not be allowing enough air in to properly float the debris in the main run.
 

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use the 26GA...
tape the seams...
use rubber cement as gasket material... thin layer on one part and assemble after dry...
use saddles instead of fittings... hose clamp them on..
use these style of reducers..
see if a wholesaler will give you a break...

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use the 26GA...
tape the seams...
use rubber cement as gasket material... thin layer on one part and assemble after dry...
use saddles instead of fittings... hose clamp them on..
use these style of reducers..
see if a wholesaler will give you a break...
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Sounds like sound advice! Thanx for the .pdf!

I've gotten others (on another forum) who have stated they didn't go the route you mentioned, rather they reduced to 6" PVC immediately out of the DC and reduced to 4" lines fairly quickly. Then there are yet others who have recommended a mixture of the two (metal vs PVC, reduction "out of the DC"). My thinking is that I wouldn't want to reduce to 6" lines until after the first branch, and reduce for 4" lines for the down-drops.

Maybe I'm being too picky about "leaky" systems and the aesthetic of the spiral pipe vs. snap-steel vs pvc (thin wall or schedule 40).

My set up will basically be:

1) 15-18' run across the "back wall" of the shop which will service:
A) a small line to my bench (against a wall)
B) router table (Triton TRB001 2" dust collection hose)
C) radial arm saw,
D) 18" band saw.
-[The "small line" will be a sweep-type opening for brushing stuff into
and a 2" line for small cleanup]
-B and C will likely be a "Y" where both are either open or closed for air movement purposes.

2) a 10-15' run to the center of the shop which will service the Robland X31.

3) Somewhere in there I need to put in a floor vent for cleanup.

So I would think the following would be the starting point:

.....................Robland, 4" drop
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. ....................6"
|----|..............|
|DC |---7"----Y-----6"------T---------T---------X
|----|..............................................A

The periods are to be ignored -- they are there for spacing purposes only.

Where the "T"s are each 4" 45 degree angles into flex hose. The flex hose runs will be about 6-8' each, coming from roughly rafter-height where the 6" line is. The "A" is a 4" Y 'splitter' that will either be both-open or both-closed (via a gate) to feed the Radial Arm saw and router table. I have these both open due to the restricted air flow from the router table and its expected decrease in efficiency. The "X" at the end of the run will be a "gradual 90" to 4" line to feed the bench sweep, and I'll put a 2" "Y" near the "bottom" of the run for the vacuum hose line.

Theoretically I could switch to PVC at the 6" runs. Savings would be measurable, but I'm blessed with a good budget. Is there an advantage (other than price) by switching to PVC?

[BEGIN EDIT]:

I just read the Bill Pentz site article on Ducting (Thanx, Stick!) https://www.billpentz.com/Woodworking/Cyclone/ducting.cfm and it covers ALL of this stuff.

Stick, your initial advice is SPOT ON with that article in mind. I think my design idea (made before reading that article), with the thought of using the 26g spiral ducting, is correct.

[END EDIT]

I'm sure I'll come up with more stuff to dither about...

-M
 

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No, I'm referring to the pdf Stick attached. It references Bill Pentz and Phil Thien but neither of them wrote the article. It keeps mentioning "I strongly recommend...", "I am dividing...", "I bought a conventional dust collector...". He has written the article in first person but fails to mention his name.

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I went w/ an 8'' trunk line on the smaller unit w/ one long sweep (pricey) set at ankle height to service 2 walls...
didn't need to lift to the ceiling, for that I went w/ a lot less LF and fittings for a major increase in efficiency, simplicity, and I saved a lot of money...
reduced at the machine w/ a saddle...
if the machine needed 2 pickups I went w/ 2 separate pickups instead of using Wye's...
keep in mind, every time you reduce, add a fitting or length you reduce air flow and efficiency...
you can put a saddle exactly where you need it and relocate them as required...
if you have the talent, you can make your own saddles... buy one and use it as a template...

commercial snaplok is a available in 10' lengths and spiral in 20' lengths...

Economy Aluminum Foil Tape w/o liner or heat rated is all you need as long as it's not imported or the cloth duct tape... use the plain tape w/o printing on it... printed on tape is spec'd tape and overkill for your application...
if you want to ''weld'' the tape on, clean the metal w/ DNA 1st to remove the salts and oxidation..... Distilled white vinegar works too but you need to thoroughly rinse...

''paint'' the inside of the saddle's flange w/ rubber cement to make a gasket.. let it dry before installation...
if you make your own saddles, fibered joint mastic w/ mesh tape is the best way to seal the take offs..
A better grade of Siliconized Caulk (I'm not a fan of DAP) or Vulkem 116 works well too... Vulkem is 1st choice but it's a product you need to learn and has a long cure time but is pretty much bullet proof. tools beautifully w/ thinner wetted finger and a little goes a long ways...
Great for gaskets too but if you put parts together while it's wet you can about give up the idea that you'll be taking things back apart w/o destroying something...
clean it up while its wet w/ turps/thinner or all bets are off...
if it dries on your hands, it's there for the duration... (week or two).. scrubbing w/ a coarse rag and baby oil will help get it off of your skin sooner.. other wise you'll loose hide if you try and force it by other means...

DO NOT use pure silicone caulk... it will ''eat'' the metal...
ALWAYS clean before you tape, mastic, caulk or rubber cement...
 

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Thanks for the article and information. As you go through the article and the Pentz website, you realize that the dust collection aspect of woodworking may be the most complicated part of it to get correct. Much more than hooking a shop vac up to a machine. Debris collection does not equal dust collection.
 

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I went w/ an 8'' trunk line on the smaller unit w/ one long sweep (pricey) set at ankle height to service 2 walls...
didn't need to lift to the ceiling, for that I went w/ a lot less LF and fittings for a major increase in efficiency, simplicity, and I saved a lot of money...
reduced at the machine w/ a saddle...
if the machine needed 2 pickups I went w/ 2 separate pickups instead of using Wye's...
keep in mind, every time you reduce, add a fitting or length you reduce air flow and efficiency...
you can put a saddle exactly where you need it and relocate them as required...
if you have the talent, you can make your own saddles... buy one and use it as a template...

commercial snaplok is a available in 10' lengths and spiral in 20' lengths...

Stick: Do you have any supplier suggestions? Seems like you've been down this path...

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So I'm doing some shopping, trying to put together all the piece parts required for my project.

I'm looking at airhand.com for the 24 gauge stuff. All the pipes, connectors, saddles, etc I need would come to about $600. Ouch. Its all fun and games until you have to pay for it! I thought I would get away for about $400 tops.

So I went to Home Depot to see about the snap-lock pipe and fittings. It probably comes to about $250-300, except that I couldn't find a lot of the "y" fittings, etc.

ARGH!

Why can't it just be easy? :)
 

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Stick: Do you have any supplier suggestions? Seems like you've been down this path...

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WinnNelson is good...
same for Hercules...
 

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So I'm doing some shopping, trying to put together all the piece parts required for my project.

1... I'm looking at airhand.com for the 24 gauge stuff. All the pipes, connectors, saddles, etc I need would come to about $600. Ouch. Its all fun and games until you have to pay for it! I thought I would get away for about $400 tops.

2... So I went to Home Depot to see about the snap-lock pipe and fittings. It probably comes to about $250-300, except that I couldn't find a lot of the "y" fittings, etc.

ARGH!

3... Why can't it just be easy? :)
1... don't go any lighter than 26GA...
30 and 28GA will be a mistake..
on your turns use the heaviest GA you can find...
thin GA will wear through...

2... skip the wye's...
make your own... aka saddles...

3... oh but it can..
 

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I have a grizzly 1029 dust collector that I have hooked up to about 35’ of 4” pvc. I used 4” t- wyes for all my take offs then reduced to 2” at the machine. A 4” metal blast gate can be sliped inside 4” pipe using self tapping screws and caulking to seal the joint. Make sure you if you switch from metal pipe to pvc to run a ground wire around the pvc pipe. Thanks everyone for all the help you have given me over the years.
 
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