Fit Any Power Tool to Your Shop Vac
A simple adapter makes hooking up portable power tools to your dust-collection system that much easier.
Most of us have portable power tools—palm sanders, belt sanders, biscuit joiners, and the like—that generate dust. The trouble is that all these tools have different dust collection ports and some aren’t even set up to fit dust collection. They have dust-collection bags or canisters, which work poorly, if at all.
I hook up these tools to my dust-collection system with an easy-to-make adapter. I drill (and saw and pare if necessary) a recess in one side of the adapter to fit the port on the tool and drill the other side to fit the rubber end of a standard 1-1⁄2-in. dust collection hose that I hook up, with a standard fitting, to the 4-in. hose on my dust-collection system. Duct tape wrapped around the joint helps seal any gaps if the fit isn’t perfect.