Readers find “Pitch” perfect
I feel Dave Campbell’s pain concerning dust-collection fittings in issue 254’s Taking Measure (“Pitching a Fit”). I work at a woodworking store, and I have been the lightning rod for some very heated rants, as if I were responsible for designing each and every individual dust port and doing so in differing sizes intentionally.
If I were king for a day, I would require every stationary machine to be equipped with a 4" port; every benchtop power tool with a 21∕2" port, and portable power tools with 11∕4" ports, with no deviation from those three sizes.
—Dave Phillips Sacramento, Calif.
Dave, I can’t express enough how I share your frustration on dust-collection fittings. We need to rally more woodworkers on this campaign. I’m with you 100% on this one.
—Bob Houle Windsor, Conn.
Bless your soul! You hit a home run, Dave. Maybe the new “universal” fittings should have a color code or unique mark to identify them. Can't wait to see how long it takes to get everyone on board. By the way, you said you have only one bucket of oddball fittings? Lucky dude: I have an entire cardboard box of them.
—Greg Forst Tucson, Ariz.
That was just my bucket of small adapters, Greg. I have another 30-gallon plastic tote full of 4"-ish hoses, fittings, and adapters!
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