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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 06-05-2020, 08:04 PM Thread Starter
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Kudos to Rockler. I ordered 4” blast gates on Tuesday, I received them on Friday. Beats other suppliers hands down. Great product
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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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Check the Diam, they have a couple different 4".
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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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Hey Jaody... keep an eye on the blast gates.. the plastic ones (At Least Mine) tend to hold dust in the gaps and won't let the gate all the way closed.
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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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