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Please note the following disclaimer:
This is a prototype design. The purpose of the video is to demonstrate a system that began in my head and materialized in my wood shop as a test platform. The system works as conceived but in no way represents proper wiring techniques or local code compliance. The system is in no way meant to be duplicated. Please consult a qualified electrician before attempting to install any electrical device in your home.
There are many differing opinions and ideas regarding automatically switching on/off your dust collector. In my shop, I wanted the best of 3 worlds:
1. I wanted the DC to turn on when certain tools were switched on such as the table saw, jointer, planer, band saw and router table and automatically switched off when those tools were switched off.
2. I wanted to remotely turn on the DC and have it continuously run for machines that may be started and stopped multiple times in a short period of time…i.e. the miter saw.
3. I wanted the option of turning the DC on manually for those occasion when I’m working in the shop with my 11-year-old son. He could be running the random orbit sander attached to the DC and I could run other tools without the DC switching off every time I pushed the stop button on said machine.
Although there is nothing wrong with these methods, I wanted to avoid:
1. Pressing a remote control switch every time I wanted the DC to switch on and off. I found myself holding a full 4×8 sheet of 3/4” plywood on the table saw only to find that the remote was out of reach one too many times. :)
2. Closing a dust gate to switch the DC off.
Can it be done? Of course it can. I’m originally from New England and we New Englanders believe in a little something call Yankee ingenuity. :)
-- How valuable is time to a person who spends his disparaging the beliefs of others? --David Berthelette www.pilotwoodworks.com