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2” and 3” Ducts – Ideal Hose Size for Vacuuming Abrasives and Bulk Materials

A product most consumers are familiar with, the vacuum hose is a godsend when it comes to cleaning the hard to reach areas of your home, vehicle, or workplace. The most common size of hose (flexible or otherwise) that you are likely to see being used with vacuum cleaners or shop vacs everywhere are those that are smaller in diameter (primarily, 2” duct and 3” duct). The reduced diameters of these hoses consequently lessen the amount of force the vacuum or shop vac in question needs to be able to generate in order to be effective. Because they maximize the pressure present in the collection duct, heavy duty hoses (like those present in shop vacs) are able to suck up as much debris as possible with efficiency. By keeping your workspaces and living areas clean, flexible hoses are an obvious and essential component of almost any home or office.

Collection duct vacuums and shop vacs typically possess large, reinforced drum containers for the purpose of safely sealing as much abrasive material as possible. However, in order for your machine to function at its greatest potential, not only does the interior collector drum need to be durable, but so too do the flexible hoses themselves. The hose not only wears on the interior as debris passes through, it also wears on the outside as it is dragged around.

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"PE Flex Vaculoop" Vacuum Hose

"PE Flex Vaculoop" Vacuum Hose

ID Sizes: 1" to 2"
Materials: Polyethylene Copolymer
Temp. Range: -40 F to +140 F

Price: From $49.50

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"Thermoplastic Flex Medium-Duty WS" Thermoplastic Rubber Duct

"Thermoplastic Flex Medium-Duty WS" Thermoplastic Rubber Duct

ID Sizes: 1.75" to 24"
Materials: Thermoplastic Rubber
Temp. Range: -40 F to +275 F

Price: From $51.88

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"Urethane Flex Heavy-Duty" Material Handling Hoses

"Urethane Flex Heavy-Duty" Material Handling Hoses

ID Sizes: 2" to 24"
Materials: Polyurethane
Temp. Range: -65 F to +225 F

Price: From $227.62

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Urethane Flex (General Purpose) Black

Urethane Flex (General Purpose) Black

ID Sizes: 2" to 12"
Materials: Polyurethane
Temp. Range: -65 F to +225 F

Price: From $33.36

Abrasives like glass, aluminum shavings, and wood chips are all more than capable of damaging or tearing most types of ducting. For this reason, most shop vacs and car vacuums are constructed with polyurethane or PVC flex ducting, both of which are materials that function exceptionally are well at handling abrasives and other loose material. The ribbed, foldable design of most types of collection duct ensures that they have the maximum bendability characteristics necessary to absorb lingering dust, dirt, and grime wherever they may be. The compactible ribbing of 2” duct and 3” duct is additionally prized due to the fact that it is space-saving while stored, yet still maintains maximum stretching ability when it comes time to operate the ducting.

Another implicit benefit of utilizing both 2” duct and/or 3” duct for your commercial or residential vacuuming applications is that it is just cost-effective. As with most things, the most you buy quantity-wise, the more you will pay. By going with 2” duct or 3” duct over larger size such as 6 inch or more, you will be taking it easy on your wallet, while still purchasing an ultra-quality product suitable for use in even the toughest of scenarios. This small-size also saves on shipping costs for you –the end user- and allows for the quickest possible transit time to you from your duct supply company of choice.

To provide a brief overview of the value of shop vacs with 2” duct and 3” duct hoses, here are two industries that rely on them extensively: auto-body shops and woodworking studios. Both of these environments generate typically large amounts of - oftentimes - very small waste particles that not only create a mess, but also present severe potential hazards to the health of well-being of all those present. Having lengths of heavy duty hoses in autobody shops for venting exhaust, heat, and abrasives is practically a requirement in the industry. Likewise, woodworking studios will typically see large deposits of sawdust or bits of wood throughout the course of a workday. Because of the damage effects such elements can have on your body and on machinery both, these abrasives needs to be removed as quickly and effectively as possible in order for the safety of the environment to be maintained.

Having efficient 2” duct and 3” duct for dealing with materials and abrasives is critical to the success of industries everywhere. If you are one of the millions of business owners nationwide who can make use of flex ducting in your workspace, stop by your local duct supply retailer today and see what they have got in stock. Additionally, search online to see what sort of ducting deals exist out there on the Internet; you will not be disappointed.