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Offline Naildrivingman

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Blast gates on the FT Y
« on: December 23, 2017, 06:04 PM »
Anyone install two blast gates on the FT Y, allowing the user to have two hoses plugged in simultaneously?

I used 2 ABS couplers with a few wraps of electrical tape to join the blast gates to the Y, then I used some gorilla tape to bridge the joint between the Y and the gates.  Because I have effectively reduced the ID of the system to 1.5” (ID of the coupler) it seems that I have lost a little suction. One hose is the Bob Marino 1.5m x 36mm Kapex hose and the other is a typical 3.5m x 27mm standard hose.

Honestly, I got tired of switching hoses when I would cut and sand. If I have to sacrifice a little extraction for the convenience of switching hoses, I will.  If I can improve extraction by coupling the Y to the gates with typical mission couplers, I can do that as well.  I think the loss of extraction is my perception rather than reality, but I would invite others to comment.
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Offline rst

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Re: Blast gates on the FT Y
« Reply #1 on: December 23, 2017, 06:17 PM »
I use this setup in my shop.  One connection goes to my chopsaw and the other for general cleanup or tool connection.  I do not see any suction drop off.

Offline Naildrivingman

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Re: Blast gates on the FT Y
« Reply #2 on: December 23, 2017, 06:28 PM »
I use this setup in my shop.  One connection goes to my chopsaw and the other for general cleanup or tool connection.  I do not see any suction drop off.
Thanks @rst It’s probably my imagination, then. It seems my Kapex has more debris around it than before.  How did you join blast gates to your Y...inside bushings or outside couplers?
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Offline tjbnwi

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Re: Blast gates on the FT Y
« Reply #3 on: December 23, 2017, 06:46 PM »
My experience is the same as above.

If you're going to use the Y on a Mini or Midi you need an extension tube.

Tom

Offline epicxt

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Re: Blast gates on the FT Y
« Reply #4 on: December 23, 2017, 06:47 PM »
I regularly use the y setup with the FT blast gates as well. If you get the FT blast gates you don't need to use any tape. Normally I run a 27mm and 36mm hose off the CT 26 with a WC, and run the chop saw through the midi. Works great.
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Offline rst

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Re: Blast gates on the FT Y
« Reply #5 on: December 23, 2017, 06:48 PM »
I used Festool's Y, it plugs right into vac and their gates plug into Y.  I did use silicone tape to secure the Y as it kept wanting to disconnect.  I actually want to setup another vac location the same way, hoping that the gates show up on Amazon Warehouse.  I bought both other gates at discount...like most Festoys...expensive so I''m willing to wait. 


Offline Naildrivingman

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Re: Blast gates on the FT Y
« Reply #7 on: December 23, 2017, 07:20 PM »
I regularly use the y setup with the FT blast gates as well. If you get the FT blast gates you don't need to use any tape. Normally I run a 27mm and 36mm hose off the CT 26 with a WC, and run the chop saw through the midi. Works great.
I must have overlooked the FT blast gates. I bought my generic gates at Woodcraft and reverse engineered them to work with the FT Y.

I need to get some braided jumper wire to establish continuity back to the CT.
« Last Edit: December 23, 2017, 07:34 PM by Naildrivingman »
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Offline epicxt

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Re: Blast gates on the FT Y
« Reply #9 on: December 23, 2017, 09:45 PM »

I regularly use the y setup with the FT blast gates as well. If you get the FT blast gates you don't need to use any tape. Normally I run a 27mm and 36mm hose off the CT 26 with a WC, and run the chop saw through the midi. Works great.
I must have overlooked the FT blast gates. I bought my generic gates at Woodcraft and reverse engineered them to work with the FT Y.

I need to get some braided jumper wire to establish continuity back to the CT.
For sure. I've blown two motherboards using the grey FT hoses.
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