|Review by David Grimes||posted 04-20-2011 06:52 AM||7042 views||6 times favorited||10 comments|
I just purchased this item recently, but it works exactly as described and is a problem solver for me. I searched Lumberjocks to see if there was already a review. I see many references to this product, but no review. I did not know that this product even existed until about a week ago, so maybe my review will make it easier to find for future new Lumber Jocks.
I found mine for $24.99 at the local Sears store. I used a $10 off coupon and so actually paid 14.99 plus tax.
This grey plastic box plugs into a duplex receptacle (wall only) and allows the user to plug one tool (or appliance, light, etc.) into the top 3-prong plug-in, then plug up to two (2) additional devices into the lower two 3-prong plug-ins. With the “mode” rocker switch set to the on position, starting the tool that is plugged in to the top receptacle will energize the tools (or whatever) that are plugged into either or both of the lower two receptacles.
The auto switch is 120 volt and rated at 20 amps, so there are many possibilities. In my case, I have a Porta-mate 7000 that will have a wall mounted dust hood and small tool dust collection hose (2 1/2”) that I can use for whatever tool I mount onto the workstation.
For example, when I turn on the miter saw, the dedicated vacuum will turn on as well, then off when not being used. When I swap to the sander or the scroll saw, I’ll simply throw it on the rail, plug in the dust port, then the same thing: vac on when tool in use / off when not. I will probably plug my directly overhead fluorescent light in to the third receptacle and have light and vac when tools in use on the Porta-Mate.
I like this item and have already found it useful and well worth the amount paid.
-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia