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Legacy Maverick 3x5 Gen. II #20: Automatic Blast Gates

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Blog entry by copythat posted 04-25-2018 05:45 AM 1349 reads 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I bought the iVac Pro system last November and hooked it up to my Laguna pflux cyclone.

I finally have the blast gates and transmitters hooked up to my new CNC and sliding table saw. Both machines are now fully automatic and all I can say is wow!

The blue tape on the ceiling is an area I plan to install an air hose reel.


I still need to tidy up some of the wires and ground the whole system. And I need to get my shop organized!

I wasn’t sure where to connect the transmitter to the CNC so I decided to attach it to the pump cord. The cyclone only turns on when the spindle is spinning . . . very cool!

-- Rob



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EarlS

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#1 posted 04-25-2018 11:19 AM

How was the installation? I’m guessing you installed these on both 120V and 240V equipment? 4” ducts also? I thought I’d seen wireless versions that didn’t require a power cord on the line sensors. What was your criteria for buying this particular set up? I’m definitely interested in something like this for my shop as well. Sounds like a good candidate for a review if you have time.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#2 posted 04-26-2018 03:33 AM


How was the installation? I m guessing you installed these on both 120V and 240V equipment? 4” ducts also? I thought I d seen wireless versions that didn t require a power cord on the line sensors. What was your criteria for buying this particular set up? I m definitely interested in something like this for my shop as well. Sounds like a good candidate for a review if you have time.

- EarlS

My installation was not like most others because my Laguna already had a remote built in. I emailed iVac and they sent me a hand drawn schematic to hook it up. The schematic had one wire in the wrong spot but I figured it out and I am no electrician.

The blast gates were a snap to install as were the transmitters that attach to the power cords.

I attached my “contactor” and switch directly to my Laguna cyclone in case I ever wanted to move it and operate it elsewhere. I am not restricted to a specific location where it is mounted on the wall. A rep from iVac actually suggested it to me to make the system more practical.

The contactor and switch that connect to my Laguna cyclone and the blast gates are 110v. However, they have a 220v model if needed. The transmitters that attach to the equipment power cords are 110v but are good for either 110 or 220v machines.

I did not see any wireless transmitters that attach to the machines’ power cords. I would think they would at least need a battery to transmit a signal.

I knew I wanted to replace my shopvac with a true cyclone and get the ducting in the air instead of always tripping over it. I also knew I wanted to turn on my machines and have everything automatic. I did not want to open and close blast gates or drag hoses from here to there. I did some research online and decided I would go with a two run ducting system and automatic blast gates.

I read several reviews and iVac seemed to always rate high, much like their prices. I pulled the pin, started the install and have a portion of the first ducting run set up for my table saw and CNC. I turn on the machines, the blast gates open and the cyclone turns on. I turn off the machines and the cyclone runs for an additional 50 seconds, turns off, and the blast gates close. SWEET!

-- Rob

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#3 posted 04-26-2018 11:36 AM

I have a Laguna C-Flux 1.5 HP that I’m thinking of setting up with the I-Vac to improve the overall performance of the system. Your pictures of the trunk and branch lines made me think of some options for setting up the lines using the I-Vac. Are your lines all SCH40 PVC or are they thin wall PVC?

As I get closer to revamping everything I may have a few more questions for you, if you don’t mind.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#4 posted 04-26-2018 01:28 PM


I have a Laguna C-Flux 1.5 HP that I m thinking of setting up with the I-Vac to improve the overall performance of the system. Your pictures of the trunk and branch lines made me think of some options for setting up the lines using the I-Vac. Are your lines all SCH40 PVC or are they thin wall PVC?

As I get closer to revamping everything I may have a few more questions for you, if you don t mind.

- EarlS

I did not use schedule 40. I used the thinner walled sewer pipe and it worked perfect.

Remind me later and i will post some pics of how I mounted the contactor and switch to the Laguna. I will also share the file iVac sent me on how to wire it.

-- Rob

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#5 posted 04-26-2018 07:32 PM

Rob – I will give you a shout once I get ready to order the Ivac components. Thanks for the information.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#6 posted 05-09-2018 02:35 PM

Rob,
How did the wedding go?

-- -There is no limit to what you can do if you do not care who gets the credit-

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