Hello fellow Jocks,
As you may know by viewing my projects and blogs, I like to create solutions that are effective but are not cost prohibitive. My shop made Automatic Dust Collector Switch fit that bill nicely but the electrical work involved was outside the confines of many woodworkers’ comfort level.
I have a new solution, though it is a bit more costly, using an Ultramate Elk-9100 Heavy Duty Switch. (I researched the cost so I could post a link but, much to my dismay, the Ultramate has been discontinued. You can find them on eBay, however.)
I was using this in my old house to control my pool pump. I had a fountain in my pool that was driven by the pump so I wanted a remote way to turn it on and off. I was able to program, via my computer, start and stop times that were automatically varied by the time of year. I found the Ultramate to be a fantastic product.
When we moved this past summer, we moved into a home without a pool. So I decided to use the Ultramate for my dust collector. I still use the same homemade current detector in the CB panel connected to a X10 Powerflash Module. The current detector transforms current to a small AC voltage. The Powerflash Module detects the voltage and sends a X10 signal to the Ultramate which then turns on the DC. I can use a hand held remote to activate or a push button on the Ultramate as well.
-- How valuable is time to a person who spends his disparaging the beliefs of others? --David Berthelette www.pilotwoodworks.com