Is there a brand or style of shop vac hose that holds up better. I am constantly vacuuming piles of chips out of the mill cabinets and mill table enclosures, but my hoses just don't seem to hold up. On top of that the corrugations in the hoses hold chips and coolant. With the smaller hoses they can get nearly clogged up in a modestly short time. If I hose out the chips or air blast them out of t-slots (what a mess) I still have to vacuum them up. ================================================================
I have not used any of them (:-)) but go to
put "duct hose" in the search box, then click on chips and shavings in the top right of the left hand box for their selection. Since your stuff is wet with coolant, I think you can ignore the static suppression choices :-). Should be able to trade some flexibility for a smoother bore and more durability. Hopefully by recycling your current hose ends and buying generic duct hose, maybe in a bit of qty, you can save some money over name brand shop vac hose.
----- Regards, Carl Ijames