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Soup Up Your Shop Vacuum Helena MT

Most shop vacuums are big and powerful, like SUVs. These vacuums have tons of suction power for cleaning the mess on your floor, but their standard hoses and fittings are way too big to use with portable power tools.

The Home Depot
(406)442-7311
1801 E Custer Avenue
Helena, MT
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Mon-Sat: 6:00am-9:00pm
Sun: 8:00am-8:00pm

Rock Hand Hardware
(406) 442-7770
2414 N Montana Ave
Helena, MT
 
Kmart 7029 / Cross Merch
(406) 443-4745
1700 Cedar St
Helena, MT
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Miscellaneous
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Monday To Friday Working Hours is :8-22 and for Sat:8-22
Sun:8-21
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Monday To Friday Working Hours is :8-22 and for Sat:8-22
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Lowe's of Helena
406-495-9750
3291 North Sanders St Helena, MT, 59602
Helena, MT
 
Helena - Auth Hometown
(406) 442-4212
3150 Dredge Dr
Helena, MT
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Hometown Dealers
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Mon:9-18
Tue:9-18
Wed:9-18
Thu:9-18
Fri:9-18
Sat:8-17
Sun:11-16
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Mon:9-18
Tue:9-18
Wed:9-18
Thu:9-18
Fri:9-18
Sat:8-17
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Murdoch's Ranch & Home Supply
(406) 457-1700
3050 North Montana Ave
Helena, MT
 
Fastenal- Helena
406-443-1270
767 Nicole Street Helena, MT, 59601
Helena, MT
 
Power Townsend Company
(406) 442-2770
1387 E Custer Ave
Helena, MT
 
Lowe's
(406) 495-9750
3291 North Sanders Street
Helena, MT
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M-SA 6 am - 10 pm
SU 8 am - 8 pm

Xtreme Property Maintenance
(406) 465-9334
2992 Herrin Rd #16
Helena, MT
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Soup Up Your Shop Vacuum

Soup Up Your Shop Vacuum

Had enough dust? Hook up to any portable power tool with this set of accessories.

by George Vondriska

Most shop vacuums are big and powerful, like SUVs. These vacuums have tons of suction power for cleaning the mess on your floor, but their standard hoses and fittings are way too big to use with portable power tools. There’s no way you’re going to attach a stiff, heavy, 2-1/4-in. hose to a random-orbit sander! You need accessories that are small, lightweight and nimble, like a sports car. With this set of options, you can hook up nearly any workshop vacuum to any portable power tool. What a difference!  No more choking sawdust—it’s definitely the way to go.

Versatile Hose

Super-flexible, long, lightweight and small in dia-meter—that’s what you’re looking for in a hose. This 1-1/4-in. hose from Shop Vac weighs less than 2 lbs., runs 18 ft. long and bends easily. The end that fits into your vacuum’s tub is a standard 2-1/4-in. straight sleeve. 

Tool-Actuated Switch

This convenient gadget will really turn you on. Actually, it’s your vacuum that automatically turns on whenever you fire up a power tool. Plug the Craftsman Automatic Power Switch into an outlet; then plug the tool and vacuum into the switch. It works just like the tool-actuated switch on a high-end vacuum. The vacuum starts up with the tool and runs an additional 2 to 3 seconds to clear the hose after you’ve turned off the tool. The switch is rated to handle a total of 15 amps for the vacuum plus a tool. 

Finer Filter

The smallest dust particles are the largest health hazard. To best capture sanding dust, switch from a standard filter to a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter. This CleanStream HEPA-grade fabric filter doesn’t clog as easily as a paper HEPA filter and can be cleaned with water. These filters are machine-specific, so you’ll need to buy one that fits your vacuum’s make and model. 


Hose Adapters

Chances are every power tool in your shop has a different size of dust port, right? It’s time to buy a set of hose adapters. These two from Fein should be good for most situations.

- Cut the step adapter to custom-fit the inside or outside diameter of a dust port. The large end fits on the hose; the small end has a 7/8-in. inside diameter and 1-1/16-in. outside diameter at the taper’s end.

- The flexible rubber sleeve connects to a dust port that has approximately the same outside diameter as the end of the hose—about 1-1/4 in. 


Hose Clips

These handy clips from Fein bind together your tool’s power cord and a 1-1/4-in. vacuum hose. Five clips are usually enough for an 18-ft. hose. 


This story originally appeared in  American Woodworker October 2005, issue #117.

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