I want to hook up my shop vac to some small power tools. I'm hoping someone can save me time and money by sharing their experience or knowledge.
- I have a 16 gal. 6.5 peak HP Craftsman shop vac with a 2 1/2" hose - the fitting on the end has a 2" inside diameter.
- I tried a 1 1/2" hose and found that the suction was diminished significantly (I could drag a box of clamps across the floor with suction from the 2 1/2" hose but not the 1 1/2" - real scientific!).
- I want to hook the vac to my circular saw, hand planer, and a router, all of which have about 1" to 1 1/4" ports.
- I can find/create tapered adapters to go from either hose size to fit the tools
- The hose will run up 3' to a boom and be about 10' long
- Ultimately I plan to install a Phil Thien design separator between the vac and the hose - or maybe I will do it initially if I need to for the sake of making the adapters easier
- Does the extra suction of the bigger hose matter?
- Would a smooth hose be noticeably better since it's such a short (10') run ?
- I have extra small and big shop vac hoses on-hand
- Agri-Supply sells PVC suction & discharge hose - 1.5" x 25' or 2" x 15' for $20
- Is there anything else I should be asking?