Rockler has come out with a new ceiling track system, for use in garages, workshops, and other settings. It’s designed for keeping vacuum hoses and power cords up and out of the way, while still allowing them to move as you work.
The Rockler ceiling track system is launching with one type of rail, 4′ PVC, and 2 types of hooks – a closed ring and a large hook.
There are adjustable track stops, to prevent the trolleys (rollers) from coming out of the track, or for limiting the trolleys’ movement, and two types of trolleys – one that rolls freely, and one that locks in place.
The trolleys are threaded to 5/16″ -18. In theory, you might be able to make your own accessories using compatible hardware or threaded rod.
There are 2 sizes of J-hooks, medium for holding vacuum hoses up to 2-1/2″, and large for fitting hoses or other objects up to 4″ in diameter. They’re both made from steel, with a rubberized coating.
The ring hook has a 1-1/2″ inner diameter, and is sized for power cords, air hoses, and other such objects.
Each attachment and trolley combo is rated to hold up to 20 lbs. Now’s a good time to mention that the rails are rated to hold up to 60 lbs each.
Here’s a closer look at the locking trolley, which has a large knob for finger tightening.
Here’s the non-locking trolley.
Attachments can be added or removed from the rails quite easily.
You could also use the system for supporting workpieces for painting or finishing. Also shown here is Rockler’s cup hinge hanging hook.
The starter set, including one rail, mounting hardware, two track stops, a rolling trolley, a locking trolley, a ring hook, and 2-1/2″ J-hook, is priced at $70. Accessory bundles and individual attachments are also available.
Buy Now(Starter Kit via Rockler)
- 55845 4′ Ceiling Track for $29.99
- 52414 Locking Trolley for $14.99 (or 3 for $40)
- 54170 Non-Locking Trolley for $14.99 (or 3 for $40)
- 50644 Ring Hook for $9.99 (or 3 for $25)
- 57333 Medium J Hook for $9.99 (or 3 for $25)
- 52443 Large J Hook for $9.99 (or 3 for $25)
- 58879 Ceiling Track Stops (pair) for $9.99
- 57795 Accessory Kit for $39.99
- Accessory Kit and Track Stops Combo
This seems like a useful system, and I can definitely see Rockler expanding upon it in the future, in the same way that they added to the versatility of their T-track woodworking jig and clamping accessory system over time.
What do you think Rockler should add to the lineup?
I think I’d like to see 1/4″ mounting brackets, which could be useful for temporarily mounting speakers, lights, or other such things. Maybe they’ll come out with aluminum rails that can support more weight?
Every now and then I toy with the idea of making a hose arm, similar to Festool’s very expensive dust extractor-mounted one. But this seems like it could even better, with a rail or two positioned where I use my vacs most.
If you have low ceilings, Rockler makes a slightly different wall-mounted Dust Right hook.