I recently purchased a compact dust extractor so that I can do some light engraving, cutting, and carving work indoors. As you can imagine, the workstation attachments are quite pricey. While some of the more complex attachments are worth the investment, others are not.
I added on two accessories to my original order – a downdraft accessory and a shielded scoop. One more accessory would have rounded out my needs – a 3-foot flexible hose kit. The only problem was the flex hose kit was way overpriced at $140 plus shipping.
After realizing that the dust extractor company simply uses off-the-shelf Loc-Line components, except for clamping table-mount, I decided to build my own hose.
If you’ve never heard of Loc-Line before, they’re a company that specializes in small diameter modular hoses for machine shop coolant systems. Apparently they also have a line of 2-1/2″ parts meant for custom vacuum hoses and dust collection systems.
Loc-Line Shopping List
- 3x hose segments for total of 3-ft (part# 81201)
- Shop vacuum adapter (part# 81210)
- 4-1/2″ round nozzle, anti-static version (part# 81303AS, but also available in non-AS version)
- Tapered oval nozzle (part# 81205)
- Wide nozzle (part# 81204)
Although the $65 I spent may seem like a lot for a simple 3-foot hose, $65 is far better than $140. Why didn’t I spend $20-$40 for a much longer vacuum hose? Because the Loc-Line is self-supporting for short lengths and stays in place exactly how you orient it. It’s like the bendy part of a super-large drinking straw.
The parts are due to arrive in a couple of days and I’ll spend some time testing it out before even thinking about reviewing it. But from what I know about Loc-Line in general, I made a good decision. The way I see it, I saved $75 and will end up with nearly the same hose configuration. Now, if only I can come up with a nice way to secure it to my work table.
I ordered the parts via Amazon (category link below), but it looks like some woodworking suppliers also carry the 2-1/2″ components. Larger industrial suppliers and modular hose outfits will sometimes carry the larger Loc-Line parts as well.
I probably shouldn’t mention this, seeing as I’m trying to minimize my tool kit, but I also pulled the plunge on a number of 1/4″, 1/2″, and 3/4″ Loc-Line components. I’ve had a couple of jig and holding accessory ideas for a while and now seemed like a good time to take the plunge. If there’s something you want me to try with it, just ask.