6 Inch Duct

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6” duct is among the most ubiquitous and appreciated sizes of ducting used by a wide variety of industries. Functioning as the perfect balance in size between sturdy and flexible, 6” duct is large enough to move large amount of materials while the proper size to be handled and moved during use. Being small enough to fit into tight confines and areas with limited spaces, 6 inch duct has become a standby for material handling and ventilation applications. Additionally, the six inch diameter of this type of flexible ductwork means that it is capable of transporting a relatively large amount of air and fumes at any given time.

Material handling applications are one particular key industry in which 6” duct plays an instrumental part. For one, the vacuuming of woodworking dust is a critical task undertaken by 6 inch duct. Woodworking, an activity that dates back to pre-historical times, is a necessary component of life for many, whether as a lifestyle or as recreation. This important activity has been vital to the lives of many for untold years. However, the activity of woodworking has one detrimental side effect: the creation of large amount of wood dust. This dust can present a danger to sensitive machinery, as well as be potentially hazardous to any that breathe it in. It is for these reasons especially that having a system of flexible ductwork is so critical in industrial woodworking to remove unwanted wood dust. By utilizing a 6” duct dust collector, end-users can transport wood chips and dust from the point of fabrication to where it can be safely disposed.

“Neoprene Flex – 1 ply”

Lead Time 4-6 Weeks Temperature Range: -65°F to +250°F Sizes I.D. (in.): 1.5, 1.75, 2, 2.25, 2.5, 3, 3.5, 4, 4.5, 5, 5.5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, & 12

“PVC Flexduct General Purpose Blue”

Lead Time 4-6 Weeks Some Sizes Out of Stock Temperature Range: +20°F to +160°F Sizes I.D. (in.): 1, 1.25, 1.5, 1.75, 2, 2.5, 3, 3.5, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, & 12

“Silico-550 Single Ply”

Lead Time 4-6 Weeks Temperature Range: -65°F to +500°F Sizes I.D. (in.): 1, 1.5, 2, 2.5, 3, 3.5, 4, 4.5, 5, 6, 8, 10, & 12

“Urethane Flex General Purpose Black”

Temperature Range: - 65°F to +225°F Sizes I.D. (in.): 2, 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10, & 12

The US department of labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, notes that “wood dust becomes a potential health problem when wood particles from processes such as sanding and cutting become airborne. Breathing these particles may cause allergic respiratory symptoms, mucosal and non-allergic respiratory symptoms, and cancer.” Large chips and sawdust that can be seen are not the main worry: the most damaging element is invisible fine dust that are inhalable and need to be removed by an effective flex duct.

neoprene flex 1ply

An important machine in every serious wood shop is a dust collector. These machines usually use a 4″ or 6 inch duct hose, and will filter large chips and dust from a variety of woodworking machines. Larger hoses would lose some of velocity. CFM is short for cubic feet per minute (cu ft/min). It is a measurement of the velocity at which air flows into or out of a space. It is not a rate of negative pressure. If a hose is bigger than a 4 or 6-inch duct, then the power needed to move air and materials through it will have to be sufficiently more. This makes a 6” duct an ideal size!

A second, extremely popular use for 6 inch duct is additionally in law n vacuum ducts systems. Maintaining large scale, commercial lawn is a full time industry in areas such as the East Coast and Midwest, and full-time lawn care can be a labor-intensive, time consuming enterprise. Fortunately, the labor and time costs involved in this important industry can be lessened through the successful adoption of ducting systems involving hose (flexible and rigid). 6” duct fits in definitively well into this area, and when paired with landscaping tractors and machinery can be used to great effect to absorb as much lawn debris as possible. Six inch flexible ductwork is almost certain to get the job done when it comes to maintaining the aesthetic appeal of your lawns and fields via lawn vacuuming.

neoprene flex 1 ply

For both these tasks –as well as the litany of others in which 6 inch duct can be used- it is critical to utilize ducting that is durable, yet flexible. Polyethylene and rubber are just two examples of materials that are widely implemented in the form of 6” duct and which business and home owners everywhere rely on to be tough, yet bendable. When it comes to flexible ductwork, it is safe to say that both of these materials do wonders. No matter your needs, check out lengths of 6” duct today to see just how you can fit them into to your unique flexible duct situation.