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Offline rsausa

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Y connector w/ blast gate ???
« on: June 26, 2018, 03:55 PM »
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The Y connector for a vacuum has a plug to shut off one side . So still will need to disconnect and reconnect another hose.
Is there a "blast gate" that can be used so two hoses can be connected at the same time ( one for a saw and the other for sander) and one can just shut off one side for the other? - like this ?

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Offline copcarcollector

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Re: Y connector w/ blast gate ???
« Reply #2 on: June 26, 2018, 04:10 PM »
@rsausa

Sorry for the photo quality, but yes. I have a set up with the Festool Y and two blast gates, and I have 2 different size hoses on the blast gates....




Offline GoingMyWay

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Re: Y connector w/ blast gate ???
« Reply #3 on: June 26, 2018, 04:44 PM »
I don't believe there is an off the shelf solution for this problem. Ron Paulk recently made a video showing how to make 3 port manifold with blast gates: .  He's asked Fastcap to manufacture a commercially available manifold, but I think that's dependent on enough consumer interest.   It seems to be a fair amount of work, but doable.  I know you're only asking about a Y connector, but if you bother to make your own I think I'd add the additional port for "just in case." 
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Offline Naildrivingman

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Re: Y connector w/ blast gate ???
« Reply #4 on: June 26, 2018, 11:34 PM »
I made my own with two $6 gates from woodcraft and some abs pipe as bushings to the FT wye. I did add a jumper wire for the anti static continuity. I don’t know if that is necessary, but for a few cents, why not?  My gates work just fine. Yeah, it would be really cool to have the koolaid version, I just can’t justify the cost.

Good luck.
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Offline Peter_C

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Re: Y connector w/ blast gate ???
« Reply #5 on: June 27, 2018, 12:32 AM »
I was trying to find an electronic blast gate for the Festool wye fitting, so I can run two tools, off separate hoses and not have to flip a switch, just pull the tool trigger and have it automatically switch. Already use a triple tap for the switched plug in. Anyone got an idea for smaller automatic blast gates?

Offline copcarcollector

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Re: Y connector w/ blast gate ???
« Reply #6 on: June 27, 2018, 12:49 AM »
Grn gate, but I think they are too large a diameter

http://www.grngate.com/
« Last Edit: June 27, 2018, 01:07 AM by copcarcollector »

Offline Mario Turcot

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Re: Y connector w/ blast gate ???
« Reply #7 on: June 27, 2018, 09:08 AM »
Grn gate, but I think they are too large a diameter

http://www.grngate.com/

@copcarcollector thank you for the link. Their system looks great and it is of the right color  [wink] I asked for a quote, will see how it turn out.
Mario

Offline Peter_C

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Re: Y connector w/ blast gate ???
« Reply #8 on: June 27, 2018, 12:08 PM »
Grn gate, but I think they are too large a diameter

http://www.grngate.com/
I knew about them and also Ivac. Both companies smallest gates are 4" though. To go up to 4" then back down would be one heck of a contraption.
https://ivacswitch.com/ivac-pro-blast-gate/ivac-pro-blast-gate-versions/

If someone released an electronic 2 1/4" blast gate, I would immediately purchase two of them and the controller.

Offline Gregor

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Re: Y connector w/ blast gate ???
« Reply #9 on: July 22, 2018, 10:23 AM »
http://www.grngate.com/

Their install manual contains the following passage:
Quote
NOTE: You may even want to “tin” the wires.
Using a soldering iron, apply solder to the bare, twisted wire ends. Any excess solder can be removed by quickly rapping the cable on a surface while the solder is still molten. Although not necessary, this small detail adds a degree of professionalism to your installation and will make the connection to the terminal blocks that much easier.
Quite bad idea, forbidden in countries with sane regulations regarding electricity as it creates a fire hazard.
I tried to contact them by mail about this - no reply.

Don't follow that instruction.

Offline Michael Kellough

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Re: Y connector w/ blast gate ???
« Reply #10 on: July 22, 2018, 01:10 PM »
@Gregor. Never heard of tinning being a fire hazard. Can you elaborate?


Offline Michael Kellough

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Re: Y connector w/ blast gate ???
« Reply #12 on: July 22, 2018, 05:45 PM »
@Gregor Thanks for the link. Makes sense.

Offline paddee87

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Re: Y connector w/ blast gate ???
« Reply #13 on: August 15, 2018, 05:29 PM »
thanks to this idea i have made my own version had to order that fitting from america as could find similar over here. ended up using 50mm pipe so had to glue into the triple wye. heated up the other ends carefully to put the blast gates on and i have run strips of foil tape up the inside of the tube and right up to the blast gates. just waiting on a few more parts so i can connect to my dust commander properly
I don't believe there is an off the shelf solution for this problem. Ron Paulk recently made a video showing how to make 3 port manifold with blast gates: .  He's asked Fastcap to manufacture a commercially available manifold, but I think that's dependent on enough consumer interest.   It seems to be a fair amount of work, but doable.  I know you're only asking about a Y connector, but if you bother to make your own I think I'd add the additional port for "just in case."