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My DeWALT DW618 router came with a vac hose adapter and it looks like several different sizes of hoses would fit it. I have two hoses, and neither one fit it. The smallest one comes close, but not close enough, and it is still too far off to shim with tape. It measures 1 3/16" O.D, and about 1 1/16"+ I.D. The large one measure a tiny bit over 2 1/4" O.D. (not an exact 2 1/4") and 2" I.D.

The size of the adapter looks like 1 1/2" O.D. and maybe 1 3/8" I.D. There's also a space for a 1" O.D. and 7/8" I.D.

This is new territory for me. Up until now the small hose has fit all other routers I had but I sold all those and only have three DeWALT routers now, and they all have the same adapter. Does anyone know what size fits this, or where to look besides Lowe's to buy one? I did see a step adapter there today but it is large and clunky looking. I'd much rather have a hose connect straight to the router adapter with no others in between.

Lastly, why aren't these hoses and adapters all some sort of standardized size? What a hassle it is simply trying to match up hoses. I have the same issue on my new table saw and router table. The large hose fits inside each tool's exhaust, but somewhat loosely. I might be able to tape shim it, but I sure do miss the hoses I have fitting snuggly in my tools that I sold.

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Rockler selling this new small hose system!
Dust Right® Universal Small Port Hose Kit | Rockler Woodworking & Hardware
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Yes, I believe that will work. The ad actually shows a picture of the hose connected to a Porter Cable router extremely similar to my DeWALT, and it has the same exact dust port as mine does. Thank you.
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My DeWALT DW618 router came with a vac hose adapter and it looks like several different sizes of hoses would fit it. I have two hoses, and neither one fit it. The smallest one comes close, but not close enough, and it is still too far off to shim with tape. It measures 1 3/16" O.D, and about 1 1/16"+ I.D. The large one measure a tiny bit over 2 1/4" O.D. (not an exact 2 1/4") and 2" I.D.

The size of the adapter looks like 1 1/2" O.D. and maybe 1 3/8" I.D. There's also a space for a 1" O.D. and 7/8" I.D.

This is new territory for me. Up until now the small hose has fit all other routers I had but I sold all those and only have three DeWALT routers now, and they all have the same adapter. Does anyone know what size fits this, or where to look besides Lowe's to buy one? I did see a step adapter there today but it is large and clunky looking. I'd much rather have a hose connect straight to the router adapter with no others in between.

Lastly, why aren't these hoses and adapters all some sort of standardized size? What a hassle it is simply trying to match up hoses. I have the same issue on my new table saw and router table. The large hose fits inside each tool's exhaust, but somewhat loosely. I might be able to tape shim it, but I sure do miss the hoses I have fitting snuggly in my tools that I sold.
I just bought this from Rockler. Suppossed to be "universal" Perhaps it will work?
Dust Right® Universal Small Port Hose Kit | Rockler Woodworking & Hardware
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I'm hoping to see a review of the small port kit maybe that's you, Jim!. I looked at it in the store and thought it was brilliant. But I have a LOT of dust collection gizmos that don't exactly do as advertised and don't need any more hoses.

I love the idea of the connectors being slightly flexible and believe Rockler's claim that those two will fit everything. However, it looks like you need to pick one of the two connector sizes (1", 1.5") and stick with it because screwing into the hose doesn't look to be a quick change operation at all. What I want is a set of connectors that fit the various dust ports on my small electrics but slide onto a standard hose connector that goes to the vac. quick change uber alles.

@Duane , a saying in the software business is appropriate here - the great thing about standards is there are so many to choose from!
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Try Lowe's or Ace Hardware. If it is available through Shop Vac, Lowe's can order it for you. Would part that be available at Shop Vac's website?
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Duane....I have this or one similar that I use constantly with my DW618...not sure of the sizes on my setup, be sure to check sizes b4 you buy...flexible, eze on/off to clear the router if plugged up, etc...

Mr. Nozzle Part#17 Vacuum Hose Adapter - Vacuum And Dust Collector Hoses - Amazon.com
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Hopefully, you have gotten an adapter for the dw618 DC port by now. I assume this is for the plunge base. It looks like a really good design as DC doesn't interfere with access to the collet or visibility of the work. Plus it looks really easy to use. Of course if it doesn't collect dust, it's kind of moot. Would love to hear how it's working for you.

I'm kind of slo-mo working towards replacing my ancient go-to hand held router with a new model and am torn between the bosch 1617 plunger and dw618. The bosch DC is an extra cost and I've heard people say it's not that effective plus it looks a bit unwieldy.
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I noticed this a few weeks ago in a new Rockler catalog.
Dust Right® Universal Small Port Hose Kit | Rockler Woodworking & Hardware

I'm sorely tempted as I have Bosch, Hitachi, GMC, Craftsman and other brands and it seems they all need different fittings. I have got the Bosch hose (vac005 IIRC) which is pretty good, not effortless by anymeans but pretty good. It fits my Bosch stuff great but no go on the GMC or deWalt.

If anyone has tried this system I would be interested in any feedback.

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My choice is this simple adapter which has fit anything I have tried it with. This adapter comes with many Bosch tools or it can be ordered here: Bosch VAC024 Vacuum Hose Adapter - Vacuum And Dust Collector Hoses - Amazon.com
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