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I agree, Rockler is fast on delivery. I ordered some red wood and it arrived in no time.

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Actually, Rockler DC stuff fits together really well. ID and OD are very consistent with Rocklers connectors. They are the only woodworking store within driving distance for me. When I bought my table saw from them, they had an employee who worked in their store in Orange county but lived closer to my store, and the guy brought the saw up with him and dropped it at the store. Really like to go watch demos on Saturday mornings, well, at least some of them. In a pinch, they even have decent hardwoods in a pinch. Don't have much experience with other suppliers.
 

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Tom's point about consistency of the ID and OD measures on their products is critical. Regrettably, they don't match up with parts from other stores.
The inconsistency across manufacturers defies logic.
 

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Thanks Marco I will keep an eye on them to make sure they close completely. The reason I went with the plastic gates is I have the metal gates already and they leak around the slide really bad. You can actually hear them rattle at times.
 

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I have the ones from Lee Valley and they work well. I guess the message is to stick with one supplier and you should be okay with the fit. The only issues I've had is keeping the hose on the gates which a layer of duct tape on the fitting helps with and I had one come apart because I put too much stress on it but they glue back together with ABS glue.

Keep in mind that if you are going to a reduced size outlet like for a router table that the DC will work better if you open a gate upstream from that outlet. The DC needs at least a 4" opening to have enough air flow to work properly and the air from past the reduced line actually helps suck more air from the smaller one.
 

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Thanks Marco I will keep an eye on them to make sure they close completely. The reason I went with the plastic gates is I have the metal gates already and they leak around the slide really bad. You can actually hear them rattle at times.
Mine didn't used to.. checked them tonight and one developed a leak at the bottom of the gate... metal heat duct tape stopped it.
 

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Mine didn't used to.. checked them tonight and one developed a leak at the bottom of the gate... metal heat duct tape stopped it.
UHMW tape works great for that too...
 
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Keep in mind that if you are going to a reduced size outlet like for a router table that the DC will work better if you open a gate upstream from that outlet. The DC needs at least a 4" opening to have enough air flow to work properly and the air from past the reduced line actually helps suck more air from the smaller one.
Chuck I have a Y 2 feet in front of the DC. open both gates when running the one to the RT?
 

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I would say no. If you can't open one past the RT connection on the same line then it won't help and might do a poorer job. I'm assuming that you are reducing the size of pipe going to the RT from the main. You get a little extra velocity in the smaller pipe but when it opens up into the main there is a significant pressure drop and there may be some turbulence at that point which can cause heavier debris to drop out of the air stream. A lot of people probably think that a DC works on suction but they don't really pull that much vacuum. What they depend on is an air column that floats the debris down the pipe.
 

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I just wanted to add a comment, slightly off topic, but maybe useful to the group,

I broke down and purchased the iVac Pro switch, iVac blast gates, and the iVac tool sensors. For a few weeks it worked perfectly then for some strange reason, the dust collector machine would not turn off, either by the installed tool sensors or the remote control switch. I contacted iVac and after a short discussion, they are sending a new switch to me. When it was working properly, I didn't have to run open a blast gate or hit the switch for the dust collector.

I am hoping to integrate that into my new CNC when it arrives. When I ordered from Avid, there was a 9-10 week lead time. So, I'm reading and learning and watching the clock count down, tick, tock!

Just my $0.02 if anyone is questioning that system, a little pricey but really easy when working.
 
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