I have a sanding table (Clarke CDS300) for which I need to organise some
dust extraction; at this stage I don't need anything more sophisticated
than my workshop vacuum cleaner (a Wickes-badged Earlex wet-and-dry model).
However I am really struggling to find anything to connect the two together
neatly (ie not involving bulking out the vaccuum cleaner hose by wrapping
it an old rag. I'm imagining a rubber using a rubber boss shoved
permanently into the sandere outlet, into which I can just plug and unplug
the vac hose at will. Can't find anything suitable anywhere (eg
ebay/Amazon/Google/Axminster) - any ideas?
The sander outlet is 52mm OD, 45mm ID, and the (tapered) tip of the vacuum
cleaner hose is 30mm OD.
[As an aside, I note that a wide-bore hose kit is available for my vac
(http://tinyurl.com/l9gt3zc or http://store.earlex.co.uk/wet-n-dry-
vacuums/wide-bore-hose-kit) - nozzle dimensions different but unknown - how
would that affect the dust collecting properties of my vac?]
I like Bob's MDF idea. I was thinking along similar lines but of a
sink plunger and a penknife. I have a couple of sink plungers in my
"toolroom" which I inherited along with the house (I hope that's not a
bad omen about the state of my drains) and the "stick" end of either
would push-fit down my vacuum nozzle. Pull the stick off, cut a hole
through to the cup and then trim the cup to size and you should have a
connector with a certain amount of flexibility.
Axminster have an adapter which will do the job, or will have when it's
back in stock next week.
Wide end of this is 45mm o/d, stick it in the sander, maybe a turn or
two of duct tape around it to make it a snug fit if necessary, cut the
other end to fit your vac.
I have several of these adapting various tools to various extractors.
It's overpriced for what it is, but there is nothing similar available.
Coincidentally I have just constructed something similar: I had a length of
20mm flexible conduit and wanted to use that to connect a manual 'dustless
sander' (Abranet) unit to my Henry vacuum cleaner.
What I did may not be as neat as you want: I wrapped and gaffa-taped a
length of bubble-wrap around the last few inches on one end of the conduit.
This made a 'bung' which fitted neatly into the inlet of the Henry (around
65mm dia IIRC). It is a bit of a squeeze fit which works well, and the gaffa
tape helps keep a decent seal.
At the other end the conduit I had was a bit small; I had to splay it out
(more gaffa!) to fit the handle.
This has been working well for me and has saved me a few bob on a dedicated
hose I'd rarely use. If I was to do it again I would use some of that
plasticised packing foam that one comes across sometimes. That would make a
better-defined shape for the 'bung'.
I picked up an adapter for my vac at B&Q, my vac pipe is 2" (not metric)
I have various power tools ... 38, 45, 52mm etc
Adapter is "Performance Power" brand, and is a pronounced taper rubber
flexy thing so fits on or in multiple sizes.
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